Pesto-Coated Baked Chicken

Pesto-Coated Baked Chicken

Pesto-Coated Baked Chicken

Pesto is Italian for "pounded." It's an uncooked sauce made from fresh basil, pine nuts, olive oil and Parmesan cheese. Slice any leftover chicken and toss it with whole wheat pasta, fresh veggies and olive oil for a yummy pasta salad.


Makes 4 servings


1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch-thick cutlets
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon prepared pesto
1-1/2 teaspoons reduced-fat sour cream
1-1/2 teaspoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1 tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon pine nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 450°F. Arrange chicken in single layer in shallow baking pan. Combine pesto, sour cream and mayonnaise in small cup. Brush over chicken. Sprinkle with cheese and pine nuts.
  2. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.


Chicken can be cooked on an oiled grid over a preheated grill.

Nutritional Information

Serving Size: 1 pesto-coated breast (1/4 of total recipe)
Calories 195
Calories from Fat 34 %
Total Fat 7 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 72 mg
Carbohydrate 2 g
Fiber 1 g
Protein 29 g
Sodium 167 mg

Dietary Exchange

Meat 4

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