Bacon Pesto Chicken

    45 minutes

    These chicken breasts with pesto inside are then rolled up in bacon and baked in the oven. They are a tasty main dish for a dinner party or for a family meal.

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    Serves: 6 

    • 6 chicken breast halves, boneless and skinless, pounded flat
    • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper, to taste
    • 6 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
    • 6 rashers bacon
    • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:45min 

    1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees C.
    2. Lay a chicken breast out flat and sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Spread pesto sauce over the chicken breast and roll the chicken breast in a slice of bacon, securing the roll with toothpicks. Lay the rolled chicken breast into a baking tray. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Pour the vegetable oil over the chicken breasts.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven until the chicken is no longer pink inside and the bacon is crisp, about 30 minutes.

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    This was quite a tasty dish, something a bit more unique for the not so every day dinner! I did add some Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Just sprinkled the garlic powder with fresh crushed pepper sprinkled on the chicken and mixed the cheese with the pesto, very yummy!! I also omitted the salt, I had pre-packaged pesto which was pretty salty. I also did not use the full 1/4 cup of olive oil, because it seemed like a lot, just sprinkled it over the chicken before baking. Not too many changes but they suited my family's tastes, as I am sure the recipe is just fine as written. A great way to use up extra pesto and chicken!!!  -  20 Aug 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Very easy and really excellent recipe - my changes were to pound the breasts to 1/4 to 1/2 inch - sprinkle a little garlic powder on each along with a tablespoon of parmesian cheese ( on top of the pesto) - roll up and secure. Then I drizzled a very small amount of olive oil on each - turned out just GREAT  -  25 Aug 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    This was absolutely amazing! I added pine nuts to the pesto and some swiss cheese slices to the chicken. Adding some sriracha sauce around the plate worked perfectly for some added punch when wanted, also good with white whine. Great easy, fast and delicious meal!  -  21 Nov 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)