2 Ingredient Pesto Chicken

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The 2 ingredient pesto chicken recipe is the best of summer on a plate. Vine-ripened cherry tomatoes and fresh basil pesto use some of the most prolific ingredients of the warm weather and accent the chicken breasts perfectly. The best thing about this chicken recipe is that two cooking methods are provided; grilling or baking. Having multiple means of cooking this dish means that you can prepare it on the grill when you don’t want to heat up your kitchen, but can prepare it indoors if you don’t have a grill as well. Alternatively, if you don’t have a grill, but want the appearance of char lines on your chicken breast recipes, you can use a grill pan on the stove. This pesto chicken recipe is truly a versatile dish to cook and to eat. Serve the chicken with pasta, roasted potatoes or rice, or eat it completely starch free on top of a green salad.

Italy has many varieties of pesto sauce, but pesto Genovese is most popular in North America. Pesto Genovese consists of basil, garlic, Parmesan and pine nuts, and some olive oil to thin the mixture into a sauce. That is the type of pesto Karina, the developer of this dish, calls for, and she proposes that you make her basil pesto recipe rather than buy a prepared one from the store. Of course, she informs that you can use the store-bought if tight on time, but the freshness that you will get from a homemade pesto will not be matched. Pesto is so beloved in Italy, and it is no wonder why. Pesto's history pre-dates the modern day borders of Europe when it was eaten by the Romans of the Roman Empire. At that time, the supposed originator of pesto would have been called moretum, which is a cheese spread that would have been mixed with fresh herbs, oil, and vinegar. This cheese spread eventually evolved into a garlic-walnut sauce in the Genoa region of Italy during the Middle Ages, but it wasn’t until 1863, that the first hint of basil was seen in the sauce. Although basil is connected with Italian cuisine, it is believed to have originated in India, before taking strong roots in Liguria, Italy. The earthiness of fresh herbs, the spiciness of garlic, and the taste of fresh nuts has allowed pesto recipes to remain in existence for centuries.

Nutrition Facts for: 2 Ingredient Pesto Chicken from Cafe Delights

Ingredients: Chicken breasts, basil pesto, salt, pepper, cherry tomatoes.

* The entire recipe has been calculated for 4 servings.

* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet

* Per Serving:Calories 625, Calories from Fat 291, Total Fat 32.3g 50%, Saturated Fat 9.4g 47%, Cholesterol 220mg 73%, Sodium 723mg 30%, Potassium 897mg 26%, Carbohydrates 6.9g 2%, Dietary Fiber 1.9g 8%, Sugars 3.5g, Protein 75.5g, Vitamin A 33%, Vitamin C 31%, Calcium 28%, Iron 20%

If you are looking for easy chicken breast recipes but don’t want the effort of trying to impart flavor to them through a marinade, this basil pesto recipe is packed with tons of freshness that will give you a delicious dinner in under an hour. Since the sauce may cook off the chicken, especially with the grilling method, Karina calls for extra when it comes to serving. This dish proves that baked chicken recipes don’t have to be boring to be healthy. The taste of basil is earthy and a little peppery, but is very high in several vitamins, like C, B6 and A. Thank you to Karina, the author of ‘Café Delites’ recipe blog, for sharing her 2 ingredient pesto chicken recipe with us.

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