Call it by its Italian name, Pesto di Pollo, for extra fancy points. 

It’s not easy to find the time and energy to cook yourself a healthy, delicious meal, especially when you’re starting a new semester.

Trust me, I know. That’s why I LOVE cooking this meal. Not only is it guaranteed to impress your roommates, family, or significant other, but it’s simple, quick, and incredibly delicious. 

Time: 45-50 minutes

When to eat it: Dinner parties, when you’re craving Italian restaurant food but are broke AF, or any other day for dinner

Perks: High-protein, one-pan, gluten-free

Sh*t You Need:

Cooking spray or olive oil
6 chicken breasts
2-4 oz. basil pesto
3 Roma tomatoes
12 fresh slices of mozzarella cheese
Dash of salt
1 Tbsp. Italian seasoning

Sheet pan

The Recipe:

1. Preheat the oven to 400 and spray your oven-safe pan or sheet. Lay out the chicken and add a dollop of pesto to the top of each chicken breast. I recommend being generous with the pesto, leaving lots of warm pesto sauce in the pan for bread-dipping afterwards. 

2. Add a few sliced roma tomatoes over the spreaded pesto sauce, adding a dash of salt to top the tomatoes.

3. Add a thin slice of mozzarella cheese and sprinkle Italian seasoning over the top.

4. Cook in the oven for 40 minutes, or until chicken reaches internal temperature of 160 degrees and cheese has slightly browned.

5. Enjoy your fancy chicken dinner! I made a strawberry spinach salad and some parmesan couscous as side dishes.

This recipe was contributed by Anna & Luke (Brigham Young University). Check out their and Facebook at “College Fit” for more.

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