Pesto Parmesan Chicken
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BURSTING with flavor, an easy chicken dinner the whole family will love.
Serves: 4-6
  • 4-6 large chicken breasts
  • 1 6-8 oz jar of your favorite pesto
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 tsp lemon juice
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare a 9x13 glass baking dish by sprinkling it with salt and pepper and drizzling with lemon juice.
  3. On a cutting board, cut 4-5 Hasselback slices into each chicken breast, careful not to cut all the way through. See step-by-step photos.
  4. Using a spoon, spread pesto into each slit and also on top of each breast.
  5. Carefully transfer chicken to the baking dish. Repeat with the rest of the chicken.
  6. *Remember you're working with raw chicken. Be careful not to cross-contaminate the jar of pesto.
  7. Bake chicken at 425 degrees for 30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the thickest part of the breast is at least 165 degrees.
  8. Generously sprinkle the top of chicken breast with mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Broil 1-2 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
  9. Serve with your favorite side. The leftover chicken juices taste delicious poured over pasta!
  10. Enjoy!
Recipe by Real Life Dinner at