Oven Roasted Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes & Pesto
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Easy oven roasted chicken breasts with tomatoes and pesto sauce makes for a delicious meal alone or over pasta!
  • For the Roast
  • 2 chicken breasts skin on bone in
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes (I do both yellow and red for cosmetic reasons only ;)
  • 4-6 garlic cloves
  • 1 tbsp butter cut into fourths
  • 1½ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Pepper
  • For the Pesto
  • 4-5 cups basil or about two large packages, stems removed (smaller stems are okay)
  • ¼ cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ⅓ cup grated parmesan (plus more for serving)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  1. First preheat your oven to 450. Next using your hands lift the skin almost all the way off of chicken breast, basically creating a blanket that is still attached to the breast (I needed to use a sharp knife because some of my skin wouldn't budge).
  2. SPrinkle a little bit of salt under the skin and add two pieces of butter, cover with skin and then add a little bit of a pepper and drizzle ½ of olive oil on top. Repeat with second breast. Set aside.
  3. Add your tomatoes and garlic cloves to a baking or roasting dish.
  4. Place your chicken breasts on top and cover and place in the oven for 30 minutes, and then remove lid and continue to roast for an additional 15 minutes.
  5. While the chicken is roasting prepare your pesto sauce. In a food processor add your basil, pine nuts, olive oil and garlic powder. Blend until almost smooth.
  6. Add your parmesan, pulse a little more. Stir in your salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Once chicken is done, remove from oven and cover and let rest for another 10 minutes. Remove breasts from roast, and stir in half of your pesto mixture with the tomatoes, and then place chicken breasts back on top. Add pesto on top of chicken and sprinkle some parmesan on top for serving (optional).
This would be really good over pasta (penne) if needing a carb for the family. Also this meal can serve either two adults or 1 adult , 2 kids, etc.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 2
Recipe by My Lavender Blues at https://mylavenderblues.com/easy-oven-roasted-chicken-breast-with-tomatoes-pesto/