Thanks to Mantha’s Kitchen blog, I made a really tasty Chicken Pesto Bake for tea last night. I had to adapt the original recipe slightly to fit the ingredients I had in the fridge, so I’ve added a link to Mantha’s original recipe here for you to check out too: https://manthaskitchen.blog/2017/08/15/chicken-pesto-bake/
Ingredients (to serve 2 people)
2 x chicken breasts (mine in the fridge were pre-diced but probably better if they were whole breasts)
1 x jar of pesto (or you can make your own pesto if you prefer)
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 large tomato sliced
Cheese for topping ( the original recipe uses Mozzarella but I only had Goats cheese and Halloumi in the fridge ) I added Goats Cheese topping (my preference) to one half and Halloumi (hubby’s preference) to the other half
Step 1: Fry off the chicken in a drop of vegetable oil for a couple of minutes and place sliced tomato on the top to soften slightly then take off the tomato and put to one side
Step 2: Add the juice of half a lemon to the chicken as you continue to fry the chicken until slightly brown (don’t over-fry as you’re going to continue cooking in the oven)
Step 3: Add a small jar (or your homemade alternative) to the frying chicken
Step 4: Transfer the chicken/pesto to an oven proof baking dish
Step 5: Place the softened tomato slices on top of the chicken and pesto
Step 6: If using goats cheese and/or halloumi cheese, fry off for a couple of seconds
Step 7: Place cheese on top of the tomatoes and bake in the oven at Gas Mark 5 (around 200 degrees electric) for 25 minutes
Step 8: Serve, eat and enjoy! I served mine with some sweet potato chips or you could serve with Mediterranean style roast veg or salad as alternatives..
This is such a simple and yet deliciously tasty low carbohydrate recipe and works brilliantly as part of my Keep Diabetes In Remission Low Carbohydrate Diet. I’ll definitely be making this tasty Chicken Pesto Bake on a regular basis as hubby loved it too!
Next time though I’m going to make sure I have the original ingredients as detailed in Manthaskitchenblog post (link above)!