Sunday, April 8, 2012

Baked Pesto Chicken

I took a short break from blogging and reading most of the blogs that I read the last few days, but don't worry (not that you were) I'm back!  I will catch up on all of your blogs tomorrow, since I know I have a few race recaps to read.

If you were wondering what I was up to since the last time I posted, I have been reading The Hunger Games trilogy!  It took me about a week and a half to read the first book, but I DEVOURED the second book and read it in a day and a half.  I'm already a few chapters into the third book and I just love them all!  We saw the movie yesterday and we both LOVED it.  I have to thank my brother for buying me the trilogy set and my mom for telling him he should get it for me for my birthday since I probably wouldn't have read it without that happening.  I don't really conform to most popular books/movies, so this was new for me! (I haven't read the Twilight series nor have I seen the movies, for example).

Since today is Easter, we decided to do our new recipe for the week today!  Although, we don't really celebrate Easter but having a nice meal is always welcome!  I found this recipe and liked that it only had a few ingredients. 

Baked Pesto Chicken

 Doesn't look like much, but it tasted great!

Chicken breast tenderloin (we just used an amount that seemed appropriate)
Knorr Pesto sauce mix (followed the instructions on the package)
Mozzarella cheese

Very simple!  The original recipe has you use chicken breasts cut into strips, but we already had some chicken breast tenderloins in the refrigerator so we just went with those!  The original recipe also has a link for a pesto sauce but the mix works for us.  

After making the pesto mix, we spread some on the bottom of a glass baking dish.  The tenderloins were placed on top of that and then topped with some more pesto sauce.

 Sorry if you don't like raw meat photos!

After covering the dish with tinfoil, we placed it into a 375 degree oven and baked for 25-30 minutes.

Uncovering the dish, we put some mozzarella cheese on top and put it back in the oven for 10 minutes.  The original recipe has you change the setting to broil in the last 5 minutes, which we did.  This helps brown the cheese a little bit. 

  Time to go back in the oven

Ready to eat!

We decided to serve our chicken with pasta and used some of the leftover sauce with it.

This recipe was really good!  We will definitely make it again since it is relatively easy to make.  I love that the chicken only requires a few ingredients and with some added pasta it is a great meal.  

Do you celebrate Easter?  If so, what was your Easter meal?

20 comments:

  1. yum! I'm going to try this. looks like our kind of meal.

    We ate chicken breasts on a bun ;) lol

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    1. Haha nothing wrong with that!

      I hope you do try it, very easy!

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  2. Looks like something I'd love! Not sure about Ward and Tucker though. They are really not any fun at all with food. Today we had Easter Brunch - ham, sausage quiche, asparagas, rolls, fruit salad and then apple scones. Super easy and yummy! I am just starting book 2. I'm a slow reader with books because I can't put the computer down!

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    1. I understand about the computer, I have a hard time putting it down too!

      Picky eaters are tough, Mike has expanded his food options because of me a little bit which is good. For the most part I'm not picky (just with meat). Your brunch sounds good!

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  3. YAy for Hunger Games! So glad you like it and the movie, even though you read it right before you saw it! I love pesto, I might have to try this!

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    1. I hope you try it!

      I saw your comment about that on your blog, but I figured I would like both! The changes and omissions didn't really bother me too much and I liked them both in their own way :)

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  4. So glad you posted this recipe, Jamie!! I am definitely trying it soon! We did something today we have never done before on a holiday... ordered tray of lasagna from Homestyle, baked it up, had salad with it and rolls- easy... and great!! And besides our Easter basket candy, we had a yummy icecream cake that Rob made for us!

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    1. I'm glad you had a nice Easter, sorry we couldn't be there!

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  5. Yum! I am loving pesto right now, but I may need to scale back so I don't over do it and get sick of it. For Easter we had Ham like usual with some other fun foods. And a lot of bread!

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    1. Pesto is really good! I hear you about not wanting to over do it though :)

      I hope you had a great Easter!

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  6. My sis-in-law made ham and raised yeast rolls, I made a 7 (actually 8) layer salad, other sis-in-law made hot german potato salad, mom-in-law made deviled eggs, dad-in-law made a corn-pepper-cornchip "salad" that was interesting and then I had angel food cake, strawberries and cool whip for dessert (brought by sis-in-law's mom-in-law). I felt like a stuffed tick. A long nap and skipping our evening meal made that ease off a bit by bedtime. My stepmom used to make a homemade pesto that made a meal like this one super easy, but sadly I didn't get her recipe. I might have to try to find something though as I prefer that to the mixes (but I'm never above easy either).

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    1. Sounds like you had a great Easter!

      I definitely like homemade pesto better but the mixes work when you are in a hurry. I don't have a food processor so I'm not sure if it would work in a blender or not.

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  7. This looks really yummy and very easy!! We had homemade cream of mushroom soup and it was yummy!! Dad ate the head off his easter bunny!!

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    1. I'm glad you had a nice meal!

      I did the same thing with my bunny too :) (Not last night though, we finished ours a few days ago).

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  8. Yum! We had a full on turkey dinner at the in-laws house. So yummy and I ate way too much stuffing (my favorite). I even brought some home to stuff my face some more. I plan to do a long run today to burn it off:)

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    1. We love turkey dinners! That's what my family usually has at Christmas.

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  9. I grew up with a ham and mashed potatoes kind of meal, but we had a potluck brunch at church and then didn't make a big meal for ourselves later. The chicken looks good! Blogging breaks are much needed sometimes... but I'm glad you're back!

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    1. I agree, breaks are needed every once in a while :)

      I'm glad you didn't have to work too hard on Easter and that you had a nice brunch!

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  10. That looks really good!

    I just had some takeout for Easter dinner.

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    1. Thanks Rena! You're still welcome to come to dinner anytime :)

      Nothing wrong with takeout!

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