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Pesto Mozzarella Chicken

Pesto Mozzarella Chicken is quick and easy to make and puts a nice, light Italian spin on every day chicken! 
Servings: 1 breast per person
Author: SmartyPantsKitchen

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon dried Italian seasonings
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 5 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • 1/4 cup roasted bell peppers from jar
  • 1/3 - 1/4 cup pesto sauce from jar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  • Slice chicken halfway through, lengthwise; do not cut all the way through
  • Season chicken with garlic powder and Italian seasonings
  • In a skillet, heat oil and butter
  • Place chicken in the skillet and cook it until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees
  • Using tongs, remove chicken from skillet
  • Place pesto, roasted peppers and sliced mozzarella sliced side of the chicken
  • Add remaining pesto and cheese to top of chicken; cover with foil and bake until cheese has melted (about 15 minutes)

Notes

  • Pesto Mozzarella Chicken is perfect for a crowd--cook the chicken and refrigerate. Before guests arrive, stuff the chicken breasts, cover them with pesto and cheese; place foil over the baking dish and bake at 350┬░for 30 minutes.
  • If you like, add sauteed mushrooms and chopped artichokes to the chicken cavity
  • Serve with a side of pasta, salad and a glass of Pinot Grigio