Sep 18, 2012

Skinny Chicken Pesto Bake



Baked chicken breast topped with skinny basil pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Quick and easy, serve this with pasta or zucchini noodles (zoodles) for a low-carb meal.

This is a great way to use up your end-of-summer basil. If it's still warm out, you can also do this on the grill.


As the weather turns cooler, I've been making and freezing skinny pesto in small batches to keep on hand throughout the year. You can freeze them in ice cube trays and measure them out or use small containers like I did here. Enjoy!



Skinny Chicken Pesto Bake
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4 • Size: 1 piece • Old Points: 6 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 236 • Fat: 11.5 g • Carbs: 2.5 g • Fiber: 0.5 g • Protein: 28.5 g • Sugar: 0 g
Sodium: 491 mg (without salt)

Ingredients:

  • 2 (16 oz total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 4 tsp Skinny Basil Pesto
  • 1 medium tomatoes, sliced thin
  • 6 tbsp (1.5 oz) shredded reduced fat mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tsp grated parmesan cheese

Directions:

Wash chicken and dry with a paper towel. Slice chicken breast horizontally to create 4 thinner cutlets. Season lightly with salt and fresh pepper.

Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment for easy clean-up.

Place the chicken on prepared baking sheet. Spread 1 tsp of skinny pesto over each piece of chicken.

Bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove from oven; top with tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

To Grill: Grill chicken over medium flame on both sides until cooked through in the center.  Lower flame, top chicken with tomatoes and cheese, and close grill until cheese melts.

97 comments :

  1. I just finished my grocery list for this week with recipes from this site. I will have to save this recipe for next week. It looks fabulous. Can't wait to try it!

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  2. This just looks mouth watering. Thanks again for another great recipe..
    ACB

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  3. Yay! I already have those ingredients! I know what I'm making tonight. <3

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  4. I want to make this for LUNCH!!! only have PESTO and TOMATOES on hand...shucks. Looks like a winner for tomorrow.

    Diane

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  5. I have had pesto/mozzarella/tomato on chicken so many different ways, yet I never tire of it. Definitely need to freeze some pesto soon!

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  6. this looks like an amazing and easy dish to get together! and that's always my problem because by the time i get out of work i'm starving for dinner and tempted by fast food.

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  7. Freezing pesto in ice cube trays? Brillant!!

    Just wanted to say too I am LOVING the overnight oats with pumpkin butter. I was in such a breakfast rut this summer and fell in love with the overnight oats. A pumpkin variation for fall has been great!

    My friend introduced me to skinnytaste about two years ago when she brought your pumpkin butter and pumpkin cupcakes into work one day. I've been hooked since! :)
    -Lauren

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    1. So she lured you in with pumpkin! Glad you like the oats!

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  8. I love your tip about freezing pesto! I never make it because I don't want to have so much leftover... can't believe I haven't thought about freezing it! I am definitely making this dish... looks wonderful. Thanks!

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  9. This looks fantastic!! It's a bit chilly and very wet here in Toronto today and this might just make me feel like summer again, not to mention that tomorrow I can put it in a cabrese bread for a great sandwich!!

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  10. Yum! This is one thing I'll miss about summer- fresh pesto and fresh tomatoes! And grilling! Sigh.

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  11. What a great site! So glad I found it.

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  12. I need more calories for lunch so I may make this into a sandwich! Very excited, thank you!

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  13. Yum, this looks really good. Do you ever have a problem with the chicken not cooking all of the way through because of the tomatoes on top?

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    1. The directions say you cook the chicken through before adding the tomatoes.

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    2. No because you cook the chicken first. The tomatoes and cheese only cook until the cheese melts.

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  14. It looks absolutely yummy! I also stock pesto in my freezer, it can be so useful!

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  15. Definitely going to have to try this! Looks delicious!

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  16. This is a wesome recipe - had it for supper tonight and it was a HIT!

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  17. Does the nutrition value in the recipe include the pesto sauce or is that separate on the nutritional value? I am on a very strict low carb diet and want to make sure I don't need to add carbs for the pesto. Can't wait to try this...will be going on the menu for next week! I don't like tomatoes though so do you think it would be just as good with zuchinni?

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    1. It includes it. If I list it in the ingredients, I calculate it. You can leave tomatoes out or use a little tomato sauce.

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  18. We had this for dinner last night and my whole family loved it. We used chicken tenderloins and pounded them out to flatten them. Used our tomatoes and pesto from the garden and served with our homegrown green beans too! Yummy!

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  19. This morning I pulled some chicken breasts out of the freezer hoping I could come up with a different way to cook them by dinner time. Then I see the email for this recipe in my inbox...perfect timing! Thanks :)

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  20. Like fully cooked tomatoes, but not fresh. Could you just put canned tomatoes on top and cook a bit more before you add the cheese and then cook until the cheese melts or would you be overcooking the chicken?

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    1. Sure, warm it up first so it only takes a few minutes for the cheese to melt.

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  21. Couldn't wait to try this one out!! I had a ton of fresh market tomatoes and this was the perfect meal for them. Everyone was VERY happy at my dinner table last night, thanks!!

    -Shannon

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  22. Quick question: 2 Chicken breasts sliced into 4 pieces is 8 pieces, but the serving size is 4 servings of 1 piece. Is it actually 4 servings of 2 pieces each? I'm ever hopeful :)

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  23. (2) 8 oz pieces of chicken breast, sliced in half to make (4) cutlets, 4 oz each.

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  24. I HEART GINA! You make eating easy!

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  25. this may sound goofy - but what kind of knife do you find works best to slice breasts into cutlets?

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  26. This looks so amazing! I may have to make this for my Friday Night Date night with the hubs :)

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  27. Wow Gina.
    This chicken breast was very soft and smooth appearance, and is easy to make. Much healthier. Kisses from the other gina

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  28. Wow, love the idea about freezing pesto! This looks great!

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  29. This recipe is absolutely amazing! Literally just finished eating, bloody brilliant. Thanks!

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  30. Warm or freezing weather, I'd brave the grill if it meant getting to enjoy these at the end of it!

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  31. I just made this receipe last night! It was fantastic. Didn't even feel like I was eating "diet" food. :-)

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  32. I made this last night! My husband loved it and it was easy and delicious! I served with spaghetti tossed in a little of the leftover pesto and a slice of french bread! 5 stars, Gina!!!

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  33. Mafalda Viana9/21/12, 5:44 AM

    did it last night. love it :)

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  34. HOLY COW! I am eating this right now! It is amazing! I had already bought some thinly sliced chicken breasts and just used that. So good!
    Thank you Gina!

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  35. I just made this....it was DELICIOUS!!! posted a picture on my FB for all my friends to see. Will make again!!

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  36. Made this tonight with the cauliflower puree! One of my favorite recipes on your site!!! You rock!!!

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  37. Made this for dinner last nigh, the family loved it. I will be making again. Thank you..

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  38. this is also soooooo good as leftovers. i made an open face sandwich with chicken breast on a baquette and drizzled balsamic on the top. heat it up and it makes a great lunch!!! thank you gina!!! you make weeknight meals and lunches easy and yummy

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  39. Ok, so I'm a bonehead! I glanced at the recipe and after I built all the goodies on top and after it's been in the oven for 10 mins, did I realize NOT to add the tomato and cheese yet!! OH well, I'm sure it will still be good!

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  40. This. Was. Amazing. I changed nothing. Thank you Gina!

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  41. WHAT SIDES WOULD YOU SERVE THIS WITH ??

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  42. read the very first line just below the first photo of this recipe. You could also serve it with a side salad, or green beans.

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  43. This looks like such a tasty recipe. It's so lean and clean (no bread or any other big carbs). Thanks for posting it... I know this is yummy!

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  44. D in Seattle10/2/12, 3:10 PM

    Just made this last night - LOVED IT. The BF had seconds... your website bodes well for our relationship ;)

    Thanks for the great skinny recipes!

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  45. Made this for dinner tonight and we loved it!! The kids even loved it :)

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  46. So, so, so good! Whole family (ages 44 down to 5) LOVED it!

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  47. Thank you so much for a wonderful recipe. I made the pesto over the weekend and we had this for dinner tonight. My boys are super picky so I just salt and peppered their chicken, they said it was very good (they don't say that often). So we all had a wonderful dinner without any extra effort on my part. :-)

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  48. Made this tonight for my husband! We both LOVED IT! Paired it with a side of whole wheat pasta with a little pesto in with it... perfect!

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  49. I made this tonight for my mom & stepdad.
    They both loved it and I thought it was great.
    Super easy, super fast to make. I paired it with a bit of brown rice & peas.
    I don't even LIKE tomatoes - and I ate this.

    I love your website & your recipes! Thank you!

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  50. Made it tonight and it was terrific. Hubby liked. Served with side green salad with fresh pear, since it's in season. Thank you!

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  51. I made this last night and my hubby and I both LOVED it!!! So delicious. Only thing I added was a couple slices of deli ham, warmed in the microwave, under the tomatoes. I served it with green salad and peas. Kevin told me to put it on the "keepers list"! :) THANK YOU Gina!!!!

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  52. Even with it cut, 15 minutes was not enough to cook the chicken. Me and my boyfriend both got sick, doc said food poisoning. Please rewrite a correct time, maybe 30-35 minutes.

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  53. I use a meat thermometer and tested mine after 15 min and they were cooked to 170. I pounded my chicken breasts very thin, and the time was totally fine for me.

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  54. Made this tonight and it was so delicious!

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  55. Made this for the rents tonight and they loved it! We cooked the chicken for about 30 minutes as they were a little thicker, yet they stayed moist. Definitely a crowd pleaser that is easy and quick to make. Thanks for a great recipe!

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  56. I just made this and finished eating it! It was so delish!! I took a picture of my food and in the background my dog was staring at it like "but where's mine?!" I wish I could post it here! Haha! Love your blog! Thank you!

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  57. I made this a couple nights ago for dinner and both myself and my boyfriend LOVED it! Of course, I used pesto from a jar since I didn't have the time to make my own, but it was still delicious.

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  58. I made this for dinner tonight and it was wonderful. The only thing I did different was add 1 Tbsp spaghetti sauce to each piece under the tomatoes/cheese. Served with a side salad it made for a delicious dinner. Thanks so much for your wonderful recipes!

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  59. Do you think it would taste fine to put red sauce on the pasta or would it be better to use the pesto? Also, would this work with eggplant? I know that there is eggplant parm but i am not sure if it would work with this receipe. I have a friend that is a vegeterian.

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  60. My girlfriends & I made this last night along with some oven roasted veggies (baby carrots, sweet potato, mini red & gold potatoes, red onion, garlic, grape tomatoes & zucchini). It was delicious!!!

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  61. I have made this twice now and it is nothing short of amazing - and it's so easy! My son loves it!!!!

    Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this recipes.

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  62. made this last night....amazing!
    I on't know what I would do with out you. Seriously!

    Btw, do you have a button? I am always shouting you out on my blog. I'd be glad to add you!

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  63. gonna try this tonight with spinach on top! thanks :)

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  64. This is SO GOOD! I used homemade arugula pesto. Delish!

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  65. This has become a favorite Dinner party dish. It is easy and looks like you've spent all day in the kitchen.

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  66. This is my favorite dish of yours I've tried so far! It was so easy and so flavorful. Thanks so much for your website!

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  67. I've made this several times now...the whole family loves it! Even my picky 2-year old, so that's really saying somehting! :)
    I'm going to use fat free mozarella tonight - could you please tell me how much fat would be in the recipe if I use this instead of just reduced fat cheese?
    Thank you for all these great recipes!

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  68. This recipe is easy and affordable, two of my very favorite things in a recipe. I have some family members who aren’t too crazy about tomato, so I just leave it off of theirs and they still love these little pesto bakes!

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  69. Great recipe. We used the leftovers to make sandwiches for lunch the next day.

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  70. Made these tonight with low carb linguine with the leftover pesto. Amazing! I actually cheated and did not make the pesto, I used the store bought one cuz I love it and I figure it cuts the time in half. I will make my own one of these days! Overall, amazing and my hubby basically licked the dish clean lol. Def will be making this again in a few weeks.

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  71. Oh, my gosh. Why have I not been slicing chicken breasts into cutlets EVERY SINGLE TIME I COOK CHICKEN BREASTS??? This is delicious, and it makes beautifully-sized portions. It's so difficult to find chicken breasts of a reasonable size these days--they are making them rather, uh, *busty* for a single serving. This was delightful, and while I did use a jarred pesto (my poor basil plants aren't up to the task) I loved, loved, loved this recipe! Delicious, easy, a hit with the husband.

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  72. Do you think this would be fine with boneless skinless chicken thighs?

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  73. Sooo delicious! Seriously!

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  74. Made this for dinner tonight and served with oven roasted butternut squash and rose wine, it was a dinner fit for royalty and really easy to make. Thanks for this great recipe.

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  75. Made this for dinner last night and it was great!

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  76. do you grill chix with pesto on the chix?

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  77. Yummy! I love that these still fill you up even though you are cutting them in half. They cook A LOT quicker this way too.

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  78. Made this tonight and it was great, served it with salad and bread. Truly a quick recipe to make, usually I spend way more time in the kitchen even when a recipe is supposed to be "easy." Light and delicious!

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  79. We are making this for dinner tonight! Very excited to try it! Just recently came across your website here. We are in love with it! Thank you so much for having this available to us

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  80. we made this tonight and loved it! I had some store-bought pesto in the pantry that needed to get used, but next time I'm going to try your homemade pesto recipe! thanks for sharing!!

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  81. Mrs. Johnson7/12/14, 2:45 PM

    2 thumbs up!!! My goodness, this is seriously one of mine and my husband's favorite dishes!!!!! Absolutely wonderful!!!!!!

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  82. If grilling this, do you put it on foil or directly on grill? Tnx

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  83. Very easy and delicious for a quick weeknight dinner! Will be added to our rotation.

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