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HEALTHY RECIPE: Pesto Encrusted Chicken

pesto encrusted chicken

If golden color is desired, turn your oven up to broil for the last couple minutes of cooking to get a golden color on top.  Also, remember that if you are working with a large or thicker fillet to make sure you adjust the cooking time.


4 ounces, 2 each Chicken breast

2 T. Panko crumbs



2 cups Basil leaves, fresh

2 T. Pine nuts

4 T. Parmesan cheese, fresh

1 T. Olive oil

1 T. Fresh garlic, minced

2 tsp. Lemon juice

½ tsp. Kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • In food processor place all the pesto ingredients
  • Processes until ingredients are well blended and somewhat smooth.
  • Lightly spray baking sheet with cooking spray.
  • Place chicken breasts on baking sheet.
  • Pat one tablespoon of pesto on top of each filet.
  • Then sprinkle panko over top of each chicken breast.
  • Lightly spray over chicken with pan spray.
  • Place sheet pan in oven and cook for about 12-15 minutes.
  • Serve with your favorite sauce or as is, is great!

Active Time – about 20 minutes

Total Time – about 20 minutes

NUTRITION:SERVINGS 2; SERVING SIZE 1 chicken breast; CALORIES 145kcal; FAT 4gm

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