Basil Pesto Chicken Bake

4 Servings
50 min

This easy basil pesto chicken bake with tomatoes and roasted garlic is healthy and Keto approved! Serve over salad or pasta for a quick summer dinner recipe. Pesto chicken can be baked in the oven or grilled.


I go a little pesto crazy in the summer  .


It’s just so easy to make and it’s good on just about anything. Plus, I love using my fresh basil or arugula in the garden :). This basil pesto chicken bake is made with chicken breast, cherry tomatoes, lemon and roasted garlic and it’s one of my favorite summer recipes.


It’s super simple and easy, yet deliciously healthy!

If I feel like going low carb I can put the pesto chicken over a salad or if I want something more hearty, I can put it over pasta.


You can bake the pesto chicken with tomatoes in the oven or you can take it outside to the grill :).


Either way you cook it, it's a deliciously easy and healthy dinner everyone will love!


Recipe details

  • 4  Servings
  • Prep time: 10 Minutes Cook time: 40 Minutes Total time: 50 min
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Ingredients


  • 4 chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 4 slices of lemon
  • 12 oz cherry tomatoes
  • 8 whole garlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of pepper

Instructions


Place chicken breasts, basil pesto, and lemon juice in a zip lock bag. Rub the bag with your hands to coat each piece of chicken. Marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350 F. In a 13 x 9" glass baking dish, add the marinated chicken breasts and top each piece with a slice of lemon.
Add the cherry tomatoes and whole garlic cloves to the baking dish.
Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 35-40 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink (internal temp of 165 F) and tomatoes have started to burst.
Serve over salad or toss with pasta with shaved Parmesan cheese and balsamic glaze.

Tips

  • Optional: Before topping the chicken with lemon, top with fresh mozzarella cheese.
  • To Grill: Preheat grill to medium heat. Place tomatoes, garlic and chicken in foil packet. Top chicken with lemon slices. Seal foil packet and grill for 30 minutes or until chicken has reached internal temp of 165 F.

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