High Protein Pesto Chicken Recipe - Flavorful and Nutritious

Elevate your dinner with this high protein pesto chicken recipe. Juicy chicken breasts are coated in aromatic basil pesto, creating a delicious and wholesome meal packed with essential nutrients.

high protein pesto chicken recipe

High Protein Pesto Chicken Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto (homemade or store-bought)
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated Parmesan cheese for garnish (optional)

High Protein Pesto Chicken Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Heat olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.
  4. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side until they develop a golden sear.
  5. Remove the skillet from the heat and spread a generous layer of basil pesto over each chicken breast.
  6. Scatter halved cherry tomatoes around the chicken in the skillet.
  7. Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven and bake for about 20-25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. In the last few minutes of baking, add baby spinach to the skillet to wilt slightly.
  9. Remove the skillet from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
  10. Garnish with grated Parmesan cheese if desired.
  11. Serve the high protein pesto chicken over a bed of cooked quinoa or with a side of roasted vegetables.

Macro Nutrient Breakdown (per serving):

  • Protein: 40g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Calories: 380
  • Author: Chris
  • User rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 4.9 stars (of 12 reviews)
  • Recipe name: High Protein Pesto Chicken
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