Italian Pesto Chicken Bake

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251 CALORIES 5g CARBS 8g FAT 37g PROTEIN
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Chicken, homemade basil pesto, tomato, and mozzarella -  yum.  I would be happy eating this every night for dinner.  Everything starts off with a healthy, lean, protein packed chicken breast.  Then we add some delicious skinny homemade pesto that's full of fresh basil, lemon, Parmesan, and almonds.  Finally, everything is topped off with some tomato slices and melted mozzarella.  It's easy and always a crowd pleaser.  I usually serve it with some Parmesan spaghetti squash for a yummy Italian meal with less than 400 calories. 

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The Recipe

Italian Pesto Chicken Bake

PREP TIME: 15 Min
COOK TIME: 35 Min
TOTAL TIME: 50 Min
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Ingredients

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  • 1 cup fresh basil, packed
  • 3 tbsp. water
  • 2 tbsp. Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tbsp. almonds
  • 2 tsp. olive oil
  • 2 U cloves garlic
  • 1 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 1/8 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1.33 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 2 U Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp. balsamic vinegar

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Instructions

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1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2

Add the basil, water, Parmesan, almonds, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper to a food processor. Pulse until combined to make a home made skinny pesto.

3

Spray a baking dish with cooking spray. Place the chicken in the dish and season with salt and pepper.

4

Spread the pesto on top of the chicken. Then top with sliced tomatoes and ¼ cup cheese per chicken breast.

5

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked.

6

Drizzle a bit of balsamic vinegar on top before serving.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz. chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 251
Calories from Fat 73
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 8g
12%
Saturated Fat 2g
11%
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
0%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
0%
Cholesterol 84mg
27%
Sodium 262mg
11%
Total Carbohydrate 5g
2%
Dietary Fiber 1g
4%
Sugars 2g
Protein 37g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

Italian Pesto Chicken Bake
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4 Comments
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January 17, 2019 - 14:21
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Yum!
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Megan H
March 24, 2016 - 17:10
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This dish is absolutely delicious! It's a must try. It's very easy and hands down our new go-to chicken dish!
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March 5, 2016 - 06:53
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This was a fabulous meal!! and nothing beats fresh pesto!!
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March 8, 2016 - 00:33
Fabulous idea for lowering the calories in pesto using more water; I actually substitute the oil completely with low cal yogurt, slight difference in taste but it works for me. Thanks for another great idea and anything with pesto is wonderful!
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