Baked Chicken Parmigiana With Pesto: Easy To Make, Easy To Impress


Another perfect weeknight meal that prepares in minutes…but don’t be fooled, this easy bake pesto chicken Parmesan is definitely good enough for company.


The chicken rollups are filled with a tasty pesto, parmesan cheese, and olive oil and baked until golden. The meat is crispy outside and tender inside, similar to what you get from deep frying, but it has a lighter and moister texture. Serve it with potatoes and a tossed salad.


Ingredients:

  • 4 (6 ounce) chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1/2 cup pesto sauce
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded 
  • 1/4 cup cheddar cheese, shredded  
  • 8 Cherry tomatoes 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup of breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper (optional)

Preparation

  1. Wash chicken and pat dry. Trim excess fat and remove skin if desired. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper and place in the prepared pan, refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours.
  2. Heat oven to 450F. Use a small sharp knife to make a slit along the side of each chicken breast to form a pocket. Mix together the pesto and cheese, then carefully spoon a quarter of the mixture into each chicken breast and smooth over the opening to seal.
  3. Put the breadcrumbs onto a large plate and place each chicken breast pocket on the plate and press all over with the breadcrumbs. Place in a lightly oiled shallow baking dish along with the tomatoes. Drizzle over the remaining oil.
  4. Cook in the oven for 20-25 mins until the chicken starts to turn golden and is cooked through.
Husband Says: "I love love love this meal. Carmen comes back to it as a Chris Favorite every now and again whenever she's just not in the mood to whip up something new. I may have put in the odd request on occasion as well. Can't blame me, this is a good one. I have a feeling this would go down well with the entire family."

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July 24, 2012 at 7:28 PM delete

The pictures tell it all,looks cheesy and delicious,Yum :)

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anne
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July 25, 2012 at 6:30 AM delete

Simply delicious !

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Alida
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July 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM delete

Mmm... love the look of this. Chicken parmigiana is a great idea. Well done!

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Soni
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July 25, 2012 at 10:31 AM delete

Looks delicious!!Love the idea of making a pocket and stuffing the pesto!!YUMM...

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Elisabeth
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July 31, 2012 at 2:26 AM delete

Carmen, such a perfect and comforting favorite chicken, which I love so much. The combinations of the pesto, and the cheddar with the parmesan, really is a great idea. I did the same thing with the cheese combination on a baked spaghetti, way back in the eighties...this just popped into my head, as I was drooling over your delicious chicken dish!
xo

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