Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Baked Pesto Chicken

Delicious and elegant and oh, so EASY!  I made this for John for our romantic Valentine's dinner.  It was incredible.  I prepared it in the morning and then stuck it in the oven about 20 minutes before we were ready to eat.  Easily doubles.  (Yours will look a little different than the photo above.  That one doesn't have breadcrumbs.)

{What you need}
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, thawed
1/3 cup prepared pesto
1 1/2 t. sour cream
1 1/2 t. mayonnaise
2 T. shredded Parmesan cheese, plus a little extra
2 T. pine nuts or walnuts, crushed
about 3 cups bread crumbs

In a medium dish, combine pesto, sour cream, mayo, 2 T parm, and nuts.  In a separate medium dish put the breadcrumbs.  Spray a medium dish with Pam.  Take your chicken breasts and spread the pesto mixture all over each one, coating each breast as much as possible.  Dip the pesto-covered chicken in the bread crumbs and coat as much as possible.  Place each breast in prepared dish.  Sprinkle extra parmesan cheese on top.  Bake at 450 for 15-25 minutes, or until chicken is done.  I served it with this and this.  So yum!

(inspired by this recipe from The Sister's Cafe)

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