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Cheesy Pesto Chicken Bake

November 28, 2023  Happy Chef Avatar
Cheesy Pesto Chicken Bake

If you’ve been trying to give your conventional chicken dinner routine a refresh — this Cheesy Pesto Chicken Bake might just do the trick. It’s an easy way to dress up chicken for a quick weeknight dinner … and is sure to get your family’s mouths watering with its bright basil pesto flavor and melty cheese topping.

Using just a handful of ingredients you probably already have in your pantry and refrigerator, this easy chicken dinner is great for busy weeknights. Serve the cheesy chicken bake with a crisp side salad and you have a delicious and satisfying dinner which is ready in minutes.

Whether you’re looking for a family-friendly dinner or just want to add a new recipe to your rotation, Cheesy Pesto Chicken Bake is sure to become a regular on your menus.

Ingredients:

– 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
– 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
– 1/4-1/2 cup prepared pesto
– 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan
– 1 can cream of chicken soup
– 2/3 cup ranch dressing
– 4 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Rub olive oil all over chicken breasts.

3. Spread pesto over chicken breasts. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.

4. On a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper, place chicken breasts and bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

5. In a medium bowl, mix cream of chicken soup, ranch dressing, and 1/2 of the Monterey Jack cheese.

6. Once chicken is finished baking, spread cream of chicken mixture over chicken and top with remaining Monterey Jack cheese.

7. Return baking sheet to oven and bake an additional 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.

8. Allow cheesy chicken bake to cool for 5 minutes before serving.

This Cheesy Pesto Chicken Bake is sure to become a family favorite. The bright flavors of the basil pesto mingle with the creamy ranch and Monterey Jack cheese for a dish that is truly delish. The cream of chicken soup helps thicken the creamy sauce and as it bakes with the chicken it forms an irresistible golden crust. Enjoy this hot and bubbly dish family style or style it up with a side salad for a hearty dinner. Either way, the Cheesy Pesto Chicken Bake is sure to be a hit.

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