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Keto Baked Pesto Chicken

This Easy Baked Pesto Chicken is a tasty dinner that you can make with purchased pesto if you don’t have any in the freezer… 

Ingredients   [ For 7 to 8 people ]    [  Preparation time : 22 minute  –  Cooking time : 35 minutes  ]

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper for seasoning chicken
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto (I used my homemade Basil Pesto with Lemon, but you can use purchased basil pesto.)
  • 2 oz. (1/2 cup) grated mozzarella cheese.

Preparation Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375F/190C. Trim all visible fat and tendons from chicken pieces, then cut each chicken breast lengthwise into 2 or 3 pieces.
  2. Spray a 9″ x 12″ (or 8.5″ X 12.5″) baking dish with non-stick spray, then spread 1/4 cup basil pesto over the bottom of the dish.
  3. Lay chicken strips over the pesto, then spread 1/4 cup more basil pesto over the chicken.
  4. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil or use a baking dish with a tight-fitting lid and bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes, just until chicken is barely firm and cooked through.
  5. Don’t cook too much at this point, or the chicken will be overcooked by the time the cheese is melted and browned.
  6. When chicken is barely cooked through, remove foil and sprinkle chicken with 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese.
  7. Put the dish back into the oven without foil and cook 5 minutes more, just until cheese is melted.
  8. If your broiler is separate from the oven, start preheating it when you take the chicken out.
  9. After I melted the cheese for 5 minutes I switched my oven to broil and broiled for 5 minutes more, just long enough to get the cheese lightly browned.

Enjoy it!!

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