Easy weeknight dinners are the goal at our house. With at least one kiddo in sports every night of the week, there just isn’t time to spent cooking an elaborate meal. While we like quick meals, our number one goal is something delicious that will fill us up. For this weeknight meal, we used Barilla’s Creamy Genovese Pesto Sauce. It took a basic chicken dish to the next level and was delicious served with buttered pasta. Take a look at how I made this baked pesto chicken.
I started out with two pieces of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I love buying the packs of 2 from Costco. They’re the perfect size for us for dinners. Knowing I was going to use Barilla’s pesto for this dish, I decided to add in tomatoes. I love cooked tomatoes, especially with creamy Genovese pesto sauce. First, I seasoned the chicken, covered each breast with pesto. Then, I tossed halved tomatoes in olive oil, added a little seasoning and put them in around the chicken in the baking dish.
I baked the chicken at 400 for about 25 minutes, until the chicken was cooked all the way through. The tomatoes were perfectly shriveled in that time, starting to lose their shape.
After that, I topped the chicken with 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese on each piece of chicken. I broiled it for about 2 minutes, just until the cheese started to brown and bubble.
That’s it. Now it’s time to serve. I actually had one piece by itself for dinner the first night. Then the next night, I made some pasta to go with. It was good by itself but it was GREAT with the pasta. The pesto added to much flavor, you’d never be able to tell that it came from a jar!
If you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner, grab some Barilla Creamy Genovese Pesto sauce, chicken and tomatoes and you’ve got yourself an easy baked pesto chicken dinner!