Recipe by Buitoni, courtesy of meals.com
"Great dish for entertaining. Not only is it easy but tasty."
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boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 5 oz. each)
BUITONI® Refrigerated Pesto with Basil
plum tomatoes, sliced
shredded mozzarella cheese
So good! Great flavor, easy and delicious! I marinated the chicken for about an hour in the pesto before baking so the flavor could really sink in! Will definitly be making this again!
The only thing hubby and I liked about this was that the chicken was cooked perfectly--tender and juicy. Ideally the various flavors in a dish should all marry well and blend together for a finished product that has its own taste and no one flavor is dominant. While I had high hopes and expectations for this, I was really off the mark on this one. The chicken, while tender and juicy, was just flavorless chicken coated with a pronounced flavor of (homemade) pesto which didn't permeate into the chicken at all. This, then, topped with raw tomato barely heated under the melted, near flavorless mozarella, made for a very disappointing meal.
Try buying thick breasts and lightly poking them all over with a fork to help the marinade really seep into the chicken. Cut a pocket into each breast and stuff it with motz cheese, closing it with a toothpick. Marinate the chicken for at least an hour, then bake according to the directions. After adding the tomato feel free to add a light sprinkling of cheese for presentation. The only way I can get the males in my family to eat chicken breast (deemed to be "boring" and "too healthy") is to stuff it with cheese.
I cooked this for my family yesterday and they LOVED it! This recipe was quick to prepare, did not have too many ingredients, is completely affordable and tastes great! It has just the right amount of spice, and the chicken comes out of the oven so tender you can cut it with a fork. I could not find frozen pesto sauce though, so I used the pesto you find in the spaghetti isle at the store... it was delish! It will be a new "regular" in our family meals.
So easy I can't even believe it...I used my own fav pesto. Didn't have mozzarella, so I sprinkled with feta cheese. AWESOME. Next time I think I'll add some chopped sun dried tomatoes instead of fresh. Anything this easy and tasty gets 5 stars from me, thanks for the idea!
A group of men and I served this meal to a group of women to honor them and the women thought it was absolutely phenomenal! We put the pesto sauce in a gallon sized bag, got the chicken covered then when we were done, we put the remaining pesto over the chicken. The women loved it!
Was surpised to see that by the time I finished dishing out the dinners- my daughter had gobbled her chicken down. No tomatoes for my son however. The left over chicken was made into chicken salad sandwich and hubby gobbled that down too-Will make again
Excellent and easy. We have the flash frozen boneless skinless chicken breasts which can be baked from frozen, so I spread pesto over the frozen breasts and cooked. Cook times worked even with the frozen, and it turned out flavorful and delicious. We both loved it; this is a great meal to turn to on weeknights! Thanks so much.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Baked Pesto Chicken
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 152
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