Easy One-Pot Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe

Easy One-Pot Pesto Chicken Recipe

Photo by Alexa Schrim

Dirty dishes are our nemesis, which is why we created this one-pot baked chicken recipe. Everything can be sautéd and baked in just one oven-safe skillet, so you won’t have a mountain of pots and pans to clean up after dinner. It’s a win for your taste buds, too — the recipe doesn’t skimp on gooey mozzarella and Parmesan but it’s still roughly 300 calories a serving. Every bite bursts with flavor from sun-dried tomato pesto and heart-healthy garlic. Did we mention it takes a quick 30 minutes to whip up? Make it tonight for a light and fuss-free dinner.

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Easy One-Pot Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe

Photo by Alexa Schrim

Easy One-Pot Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe

Serves: 6

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes

The Skinny

Per 2 tenders and 1.5 cup vegetables:

  • 311 cal
  • 14 g fat (5 g sat)
  • 16 g carbs
  • 263 mg sodium
  • 5 g fiber
  • 10 g sugar
  • 32 g protein

Ingredients

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium zucchini, cubed
1 eggplant, cubed
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 1/2 pints cherry tomatoes, halved
1/2 cup sun-dried tomato pesto
1/2 cup marinara sauce
1 pound chicken breasts, sliced
Salt and pepper, to taste
5 slices mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
Parmesan cheese

Preparation

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Pour olive oil into a large, oven-safe skillet, and warm over medium heat.
  3. Sauté eggplant and zucchini with garlic for two to three minutes. Once vegetables soften, remove from heat.
  4. Add cherry tomatoes to the skillet and stir in sun-dried tomato pesto.
  5. On a cutting board, season chicken strips with salt and pepper to taste. Next, lay the chicken strips on top of mixed vegetables, pushing them down a bit so some of the vegetables come to the top.
  6. Spread marinara sauce on the chicken. Lay the mozzarella cheese on top and place skillet in the oven for about 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with chopped basil and freshly grated Parmesan cheese before serving.

Pro Tips

  • Don’t have an oven-friendly skillet? Simply use a regular skillet and transfer sautéed ingredients to a casserole dish before baking.

For more recipes from Alexa, visit Simple Roots Wellness.

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