Pesto Crusted Baked Chicken

01 Jul
Pesto Crusted Baked Chicken

Pesto Crusted Baked Chicken

As I am sure many of you have been told by some people, mostly for me, women, that tell me they hate to cook. Throughout the years I continually find this humorous, as they generally love to eat good food or their family needs to be fed.

So here’s my thoughts and suggestions on this. Cooking for those that don’t totally enjoy the planning, prepping, dicing and saucing of it all can begin to feel like a chore. But we all need to eat so why not try making something that taste great instead of picking up fast food for the convenience of it all. By learning new recipes, developing your skills a bit and learning to cut corners, you too can create meals for yourself and your loved ones that are enjoyable rather than just edible.

Go ahead, those of you that declare you don’t enjoy cooking try some of my recipes. Those of you that love to cook, help someone learn the functionality of it all. Nutrition, feeding our bodies and souls. Try cutting corners to make something specially delicious for yourself and then tell me you didn’t enjoy the process just a tiny bit.

DSC_1203 (2)Ingredients for a quick pesto sauce

  • 1 couple handfuls of fresh basil leaves
  • 1 handful of fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/3 cup of so of grated or shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/4 cup or more of Olive Oil
  • a handful of walnuts
  • Kosher salt to taste
  • ground black pepper to taste

Ingredients for the chicken

  • Chicken Breast Tenderloins, no skin
  • 1 box of “Shake N Bake” original chicken seasoning mix

Using a food processor or blender add all of the above ingredients for the pesto sauce, except the salt and pepper. Process until smooth. Add more oil if necessary. Taste, add more cheese if you like, process again then season with the Kosher Salt and ground black pepper to your liking.

Wow, now you have a flavorful pesto sauce that can be used for many different recipes. 

DSC_1211 (2)Place the chicken tenderloins and the pesto sauce in a gallon size ziplock baggy. Squish it all around to make sure each piece is covered. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Take each piece of the chicken and apply the “Shake N Bake” seasoning  just like instructed on the box. Bake as per the instructions on the box also. The end result is a lovely flavored baked pesto crusted chicken for dinner tonight.


Posted by on July 1, 2013 in Budget friendly dishes, Chicken


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2 responses to “Pesto Crusted Baked Chicken

  1. Mark

    July 1, 2013 at 8:26 PM

    This was excellent, I was absolutely surprised.

    • flyfishbrat

      July 2, 2013 at 7:07 PM

      Awww…thanks Mark, but what do you mean you were surprised?


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