I was all set to do a post about my ugly, yet completely scrumptious, chicken today - and after browsing my reader I see I'm not alone. In fact, I'm in fine company ... doggybloggy, of Chez What, beat me to it! And, frankly, he's far more inventive than I am. I just made some ugly chicken, but the dogg made onion rings parmesan! Check it out. I won't call it ugly, but I'd like to call it dinner.
I'm not sure my chicken is really ugly either ... though that photo's not about to win any prizes. The chicken, however, is as yummy as can be - and easy too. I've adapted this recipe from The South Beach Diet Quick and Easy Cookbook and the results were magnificent.
Pesto Pepper Chicken:
- 2 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- salt and pepper
- hot Hungarian paprika
- some skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- 1/2 cup of pesto (either jarred or homemade)
- some jarred roasted piquillo peppers, sliced into strips
- some shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
- some lemon wedges
Dust the chicken breasts with some salt, pepper and a bit of Hungarian paprika on both sides. Heat the oil in a large non-stick skillet over high heat and brown the chicken quickly on both sides, turning it once. You just want a little color here, no need to cook them through out. Remove from skillet when browned and reserve.
Place 1/2 of the pesto in the bottom of an oven-safe baking dish and lay the chicken breasts over the pesto. Top the chicken with the remaining pesto in an even layer, cover the dish with foil and bake in the middle of a pre-heated 375 degree oven for 20 - 25 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken. Uncover the dish and top the chicken with some pepper strips and a bit of mozzarella cheese. Return to the oven and bake until the cheese is melted and browned - about 5 more minutes. Remove from oven and serve with a wedge of lemon for sprinkling over at table. Enjoy!
I took a little short cut on this one and used some pre-made basil pesto. If you've got your own stuff, more's the better. This is a quick, healthy and delicious recipe that's just perfect for a weeknight meal. Round it out with a nice big salad or a lovely steamed veg and you'll have dinner on the table with time to spare. Bonus ... you can use the extra time to contemplate doggybloggy's mysterious give-away today. He's posted a picture and if you can guess what it is, you'll be given a chance to win ... whatever it is! Good luck!
I'm off to stare at that picture some more. In the meantime, what's your favorite kind of pesto? Are you a basil traditionalist? Or do you like to get a little crazy with your herbage? Curious Diva wants to know.