Skinny Chicken Pesto

 

skinny chicken pesto, grape tomatoes, mozzarella

 

All of my favorite chicken pesto dishes are with a cream sauce. Part of that is my problem as I love a good cream sauce. Like this lemon cream sauce over panko crusted chicken that helped me win the Knorr cookoff. But I always feel like I could save on all of those calories if the pasta, cream and butter were just kicked out of the dish. So I went ahead and did it myself and now we’ve got skinny chicken pesto.

 

skinny chicken pesto, grape tomatoes, mozzarella

 

I’ll tell you a secret too. I love the pesto in a jar from costco. It has great flavor and during the winter it’s cheaper than me trying to buy and make my own pesto. We pretty much always have a jar of the stuff on hand. And because I’m all about adding a little extra nutrition why not add some tomatoes for a little more vitamins and get that heart healthy?

 

skinny chicken pesto, grape tomatoes, mozzarella

 

In case you’re a little worried about perfectly cooking chicken in a pan without over or under cooking check out this how to that I posted awhile ago. This tip has seriously changed my cooking. We’ve never had such juicy chicken before. So, start out with a few grape tomatoes and sautee them in a pan. Set aside and place a plain chicken breast, seasoned with a small amount of salt and pepper (the pesto will pack enough flavor) in a hot pan following the instructions from the how-to post, and right before you’re ready to pull it, add about a tablespoon or so of pesto and the tomatoes. Top with a little mozzarella cheese, cover with a lid and allow to melt then serve immediately. Bam! Chicken in 15 minutes and it’s healthier!

 

What Is Pesto?

Pesto is a sauce that consists of crushed garlic, European pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, Parmesan cheese and pecorino sardo, a firm Italian cheese, all blended with olive oil.

 

How Long Will Homemade Pesto Last?

Homemade pesto will keep for 5-7 days in the refrigerator.

Pesto can also be frozen for up to 4 months.

 

Are Chicken Breasts Healthy?

Chicken breast is a good sources of lean protein.

A 3-ounce skinless, chicken breast provides about 140 calories, 3 grams of total fat and just 1 gram of saturated fat.

 

 

Skinny Chicken Pesto

Yield: 2 breasts of chicken

Skinny Pesto Chicken

Skinny Pesto Chicken
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 tablespoons pesto
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • salt and pepper for seasoning
  • olive oil

Instructions

  1. Heat a pan over medium heat with a drizzle of olive oil.
  2. Once the pan is hot and add the tomatoes and saute until tender.
  3. Remove to a plate.
  4. Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
  5. Heat the pan with about 1 tablespoon of olive oil over high heat until the oil shimmers and add the chicken.
  6. Quickly turn the pan down to low heat and cook for about 6 minutes or until the meat is white from the bottom, halfway up the chicken.
  7. Flip the chicken and cook an additional 4 minutes or until the chicken is white without any pink line running around the center of the chicken.
  8. Top each breast with some pesto, the tomatoes and the cheese.
  9. Place a lid over the pan and allow to finish cooking and the cheese melting.
Serve immediately.

Notes

See this post for essential tips on perfectly cooked chicken in a pan.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:Calories: 763 Saturated Fat: 0g Cholesterol: 233.6mg Sodium: 0mg Carbohydrates: 7.7g Fiber: 2.6g Sugar: 3.2g Protein: 74.1g

 

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Carrian Cheney

Lover of all things beautiful, good and delicious. Wife, mother, friend, foodie.

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12 comments on “Skinny Chicken Pesto”

  1. This dish looks so gorgeous! I can’t resist a good recipe with pesto

  2. mmmmm!! I love chicken and pesto so this is def. amazing!

  3. Such a pretty meal and I love that the prep time is 1 minute. Amazing!

  4. Love the layers of pesto, mozzarella and grape tomatoes! This is the perfect weeknight dish.

  5. What a perfect weeknight dish! Quick, easy and delicious — my kind of meal!

  6. This looks absolutely, fabulously delicious!

  7. Great flavor combos and looks so easy!

  8. I’ve made tilapia with pesto and cheese and it was so good. I can’t wait to make it with chicken now.

  9. I feel the same way about butter and cream sauces sometimes! Love this quick, healthy recipe and the cooking tips too.

  10. Love how quick this dish is and what wonderful flavors with the pesto. Being healthy is a double bonus!

  11. Prep time: 1 minute?! This is my kind of dish!
    Not to mention that goodness that involves pesto, tomatoes and mozzarella cheese. This is a winner winner chicken dinner!
    I couldn’t resist.