Chicken Breasts with Creamy Pesto Topping
Chicken Breasts with Creamy Pesto Topping is a simple, easy way to prepare chicken by combining prepared pesto with softened cream cheese, spreading it on the chicken, and baking at 425°F. for 25 minutes. If desired, Parmesan cheese may be added during the last 5 minutes of baking for an additional layer of flavor.
I love pesto! Pesto is traditionally a mixture of basil leaves, garlic, salt, pine nuts, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. To prepare pesto a mortar and pestle were used to pound and grind it all together into a paste or sauce. The easiest way to make pesto today is using a food processor. Other nuts may be substituted for pine nuts, which are currently pretty expensive. Other leaves such as spinach or arugula may be substituted for basil as well.
Pesto is great just tossed with some hot pasta and some Parmesan cheese. I love to put pesto on half of my hamburger bun when eating a cheeseburger, too! Pesto is great spread on wraps or sandwich bread. It can be used as a dip with fresh vegetables or pita chips also. Pesto just adds a fresh flavor to anything with which it is combined!
One of my favorite recipes using pesto is Pesto & Cheese Stuffed Shells, featured in an older post.
The Recipe for Chicken Breasts with Creamy Pesto Topping
- 2 chicken breasts, boneless & skinless
- 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
- 1/2 cup prepared pesto
- 2 tablespoons Parmesan cheese (optional)
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
- Mix softened cream cheese and pesto until well combined.
- Place chicken breasts into a greased 8" or 9" baking pan.
- Spread pesto-cream cheese mixture over the chicken breasts.
- Bake for 25 minutes, until just done.
- If using Parmesan cheese, add to the chicken 5 minutes prior to end of cooking time.
The rich topping on the chicken calls for a simply prepared vegetable such as steamed broccoli, asparagus or green beans to accompany this dish.
Tasty Tip: Cream cheese may be softened by unwrapping it, placing it into a microwave-safe container, and microwaving it for 10 seconds. Don’t forget to unwrap it first – I did that once, and my microwave looked like the Fourth of July with all the sparks that were flying! LOL! Seriously, be careful!
I grow basil on my deck every summer so I can make Pesto but it takes a lot of leaves so I often buy prepared Pesto. I’m not a spokesperson for Costco but their Pesto is very good!
On a personal note, Silver Foodie is one year old tomorrow! It’s been interesting as I’m not a techie but have watched many You Tube videos to get this website up and running!
Have a Happy Memorial Day Week-End!
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