Eat Skinny Be Skinny: Easy Pesto Chicken

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I had quite the productive weekend [I found my wedding dress!] so yesterday, the last thing I wanted to do was cook an elaborate and complicated dinner for my boo and I.  Although the idea of a delivered pizza or sodium-infused Thai food was quite tempting as the hours passed, I knew an easy, yet healthy, dinner recipe was a better bet. And I was right! This dish is SO easy, like 4 steps easy, and it’s absolutely delicious! Beats the cheese off Papa Johns any day! If you don’t have time to make your own pesto, a store bought variety will do just as fine! Just be weary of the fat content [one serving of some pre-made pesto has almost 30 grams of fat!] Recipes courtesy of Eating Well & All Recipes.

Easy Pesto Chicken


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/3 cup BUITONI® Refrigerated Pesto with Basil
  • 3 plum tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheet with heavy-duty foil.
  2. Prepare basil-pesto [see below]
  3. Place chicken and pesto in medium bowl; toss to coat. Place chicken on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake for  25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove from oven; top with tomatoes and cheese.
  5. Bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Nutritional Information: 271 calories, 12 g.m. fat



  • 2 cups packed fresh basil leaves, (2-3 bunches)
  • 1/4 cup walnut pieces, toasted (see Tip)
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 large clove garlic, quartered
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper


  1. Place basil, walnuts, Parmigiano-Reggiano, oil, water, garlic, salt and pepper in a food processor; pulse a few times, then process until fairly smooth, or to the desired consistency, scraping down the sides occasionally.

Nutritional Information [per 2 tablespoons]: 83 calories, 8 g.m. fat, 2 g.m. protein

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  1. Posted by Antonia Tamer on
    Thursday, December 6th, 2012
    Just made this for dinner and it was super delicious!!!! So easy, so fresh, so freaking yummy. KUDOS!