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Chicken Pesto Bake

chicken pesto tomatoes mozzarella

Being unemployed has left me with a lot of free time.  At first it was great – like a stay at home vacation.  I got to sleep in, chill out, do whatever I wanted to do.  But that got old really fast, once I realized that the things I wanted to do with my free time cost money and I could only watch the movies I already owned for so long.  Netflix has become my new cheap best friend.

I reunited myself with old Nickelodeon cartoons for a few weeks.  That was nostalgic.  I blew through a few documentaries, movies, and then moved onto tv series.  Now I am hooked, heck, I am completely addicted to Breaking Bad.  Have you watched this show?  It’s about a chemistry teacher who begins cooking meth.  This show has everything – great characters, memorable lines, awesome music, and it’s packed with drama, action and bits of comedic relief too.  Anywho, I will be sad when I get to the end of this series, but I am excited to indulge in another, just as addicting show.  I was thinking about watching Mad Men next.  Any other suggestions out there?

Anywho, I hate to admit it, but I’ve been more of a couch potato than anything recently.  Mister made some beautiful pesto this week so I thought it might be a good opportunity to try this Skinny Taste Chicken Pesto Bake.  This dish is light, easy and so flavorful – perfect for those days when I just don’t feel like exercising.  🙂 I added mushrooms to my dish, but you obviously do not have to if you don’t like fungus.  I also added more pesto than Gina, because it’s delicious.

Chicken Pesto Bake

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yields: 2 servings

Serving Size: 2 chicken cutlets per person


  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 chicken breast tenders will work too)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 package white mushrooms, sliced
  • olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 1 medium tomato, sliced thin
  • 6 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 teaspoon grated parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil or parchment for easy clean up. Wash and dry chicken with a paper towel. Slice chicken breast horizontally to create 4 thin cutlets. You can skip this step if you are using chicken breast tenders. Season both sides of each cutlet with salt and pepper. Place the chicken on prepared baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink in the center.
  2. While the chicken is baking, heat a small pan over medium heat and add a tablespoon of olive oil. Add the mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and cook until softened, about 3-4 minutes, tossing occasionally. Set aside.
  3. Remove the chicken from the oven and spread a tablespoon of pesto on each cutlet. Line each cutlet with the sauteed mushrooms, a layer of tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted. You could also place the chicken under a broiler on high for 1-3 minutes until the cheese is melted and beginning to brown.

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5 thoughts on “Chicken Pesto Bake

  1. Mad Men is great, I recommend Southland if you like cop shows. Justified gets my highest recommendation. Get some old prematurely canceled Fox sitcoms like The Tick and Greg the Bunny.

    1. I am definitely going to start Mad Men. Justified I already watch and I agree, it’s a great show. The Tick is a fantastic suggestion! And… I love Greg the Bunny. That was such an unconventional show. I may have to rewatch those too!

        1. Southland was an NBC show which they canceled in its first season, TNT picked it up and rescued it, now in its 5th season, I think. Also, watch Legit on FX on Thursday nights…so wrong and hilarious.

        2. Legit is great too!! New favorite show! 😀 PC, I think you and I may watch too much television?

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