Pesto Baked Chicken

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Pesto Baked Chicken - Eleat Nutrition


4 (about 1 lb.) boneless skinless chicken breasts, flattened 

4 tsp basil pesto (recipe here)

4 Tbsp mozzarella cheese, shredded

3-4 Roma tomatoes, thinly sliced


1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Flatten chicken breasts (about 1-inch thickness) and place in casserole dish.

2. Spread about 1 tsp basil pesto sauce on each chicken breast. Bake (uncovered) for about 15 minutes.

3. Remove chicken from oven, add thinly sliced tomato and 1 Tbsp mozzarella cheese to each chicken breast. Place back in oven for about 5-7 minutes (until cheese is melted). Serve with a side of brown rice or whole wheat pasta and vegetables. 

Notes: For dairy-free, omit cheese. To save time, you could use a store bought pesto here such as Trader Joe’s vegan kale pesto.

Pesto Baked Chicken - Eleat Nutrition