Chicken Pesto Recipe (Roll Ups)

Chicken Pesto Recipe

Chicken Pesto Recipe (Roll-Ups)

Have you discovered Pesto Chicken?! These chicken pesto roll-ups are stuffed with cheese, juicy tomatoes, and pesto sauce! This pesto chicken tastes like fine dining with Tuscan flavors but they are so easy to make.

Chicken Pesto Roll-Ups Recipe:

These chicken roll-ups are simple enough for weeknight cooking but are also special occasion-worthy!

Ingredients for Pesto Chicken Roll-Ups:

The list of ingredients in this pesto chicken is short and uncomplicated: Chicken, simple seasoning, shredded mozzarella, and tomatoes. P.S. We fell in love with homemade pesto sauce but the one from Costco also works really well.

How to Make Chicken Pesto Roll-Ups:

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise so you have 8 thin chicken cutlets. Pound each cutlet in a quart-sized Ziploc bag or between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to 1/8″ thick. Season both sides of your thin cutlets with garlic salt and black pepper.
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  2. Spoon and spread 1 Tbsp pesto in the center of each cutlet, top with 2 thin slices of tomato, and sprinkle with 2-3 Tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese. Roll the chicken up as tightly as you can and seal the ends with a toothpick.
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  3. Preheat a large oven-safe skillet over medium/high heat with 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter. Add chicken roll-ups and sear on both sides until golden (4 min per side for a total of 8 minutes on the stove).
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  4. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese and scatter 1 cup of baby tomatoes over the top. Place the oven-safe skillet on the center rack of your preheated oven and bake 425˚F for 13-15 minutes (13 minutes for these medium chicken breasts and 15 minutes for larger chicken breasts, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 160˚F on an instant-read thermometer.
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To serve, remove toothpicks then plate chicken pesto roll-ups, spooning pan juices and roasted tomatoes over the top, and garnish with freshly chopped basil. Serve with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus for a fancy (but simple) dinner!

 

Chicken Pesto Roll-Ups

These chicken pesto roll ups are stuffed with cheese, juicy tomatoes and pesto sauce! These taste like fine dining with Tuscan flavors but they are so easy to make.

  • 2 lbs chicken breasts (4 medium/large chicken breasts)
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt (or to taste)
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup Pesto sauce (about 8 Tbsp total)
  • 8 oz Mozzarella cheese, shredded, (reserve 2 oz for topping)
  • 2 tomatoes (medium) thinly sliced into 16 rings
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes optional
  • 1 Tbsp Fresh basil leaves shredded, optional garnish
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp unsalted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Cut chicken breast in half lengthwise so you have 8 thin chicken cutlets. Pound each cutlet in a quart sized ziploc bag or between 2 sheets of plastic wrap into 1/8" thick cutlets. Season both sides of chicken with garlic salt and black pepper.

  2. Spoon and spread 1 Tbsp pesto in the center of each cutlet, top with 2 thin tomato slices and sprinkle with 2-3 Tbsp mozzarella cheese. Roll the chicken up tightly and seal ends with a toothpick.

  3. Preheat large oven-safe skillet over medium/high heat with 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter. Add chicken roll-ups and sear on both sides until golden (4 min per side or 8 minutes total on the stove).

  4. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese and 1 cup of cherry tomatoes. Place the skillet on the center rack of oven and bake 425˚F for 13-15 minutes (13 min for these these medium chicken breasts and 15 min for larger chicken breasts, or until internal temp of chicken reaches 160˚F on instant-read thermometer.

To serve, remove toothpicks then plate chicken pesto roll-ups, spooning pan juices and roasted tomatoes over the top and garnish with freshly chopped basil. Serve with mashed potatoes and asparagus for a fancy (but simple) dinner!

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