Pesto Chicken and Bacon Asparagus

Posted: January 6, 2015 in Gluten Free, Recipes
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Baked Pesto Chicken
Makes 4 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 30-40 minutes

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and fresh ground black pepper for seasoning chicken
1/2 cup basil pesto
2 oz. (1/2 cup) grated low-fat mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Trim all visible fat and tendons from chicken pieces, then cut each chicken breast lengthwise into 2 or 3 pieces.

Spray a 9″ x 12″ (or 8.5″ X 12.5″) baking dish with non-stick spray, then spread 1/4 cup basil pesto over the bottom of the dish. Lay chicken strips over the pesto, then spread 1/4 cup more basil pesto over the chicken.

Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes, just until chicken is barely firm and cooked through. (Don’t cook too much at this point, or the chicken will be overcooked by the time the cheese is melted and browned.)

When chicken is barely cooked through, remove foil and sprinkle chicken with 1/2 cup grated mozzarella cheese. Put dish back into the oven without foil and cook 5 minutes more, just until cheese is melted (if your broiler is separate from the oven, start preheating it when you take the chicken out). After I melted the cheese for 5 minutes I switched my oven to broil and broiled for 5 minutes more, just long enough to get the cheese lightly browned.
Bacon Asparagus
1/2 package uncured (no nitrates/no nitrites) bacon
1 bunch of asparagus
Cut bacon into approximately 1/2 inch pieces and cook on medium heat in a skillet and stir occasionally. Once the bacon is almost cooked to your preference, place the trimmed asparagus into the pan. Cook until asparagus is slightly tender.
Nutrition Facts
Servings 6.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 257
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21 g 32 %
Saturated Fat 4 g 22 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 37 mg 12 %
Sodium 589 mg 25 %
Potassium 122 mg 3 %
Total Carbohydrate 4 g 1 %
Dietary Fiber 1 g 5 %
Sugars 1 g
Protein 15 g 29 %
Vitamin A 8 %
Vitamin C 13 %
Calcium 12 %
Iron 5 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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