Background and History:
Sheet pan dinners have taken modern cooking by storm, and this dish is a mouthwatering example of the trend. The combination of chicken, mozzarella, pesto, and broccoli is a contemporary twist on Italian-inspired flavors, showcasing the popularity of these ingredients and the convenience of one-pan meals.
- Prep Time: 15 minutes
- Cooking Time: 25 minutes
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 1 cup broccoli florets
- 1/4 cup pesto sauce
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Fresh basil leaves for garnish (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
- On a sheet pan, arrange the chicken breasts.
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
- Spread pesto sauce evenly over each chicken breast.
- Scatter the broccoli florets around the chicken.
- Drizzle olive oil over the broccoli and chicken.
- Bake in the preheated oven for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through, the pesto is bubbling, and the broccoli is tender.
- Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over each chicken breast and return to the oven for another 3-5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and slightly browned.
- Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired.
- Calories: Approximately 350 per serving
- Protein: Around 30g
- Carbohydrates: Approximately 4g
- Fat: About 20g
- Customize the dish by adding your preferred Italian herbs or spices.
- Serve with cooked pasta, rice, or a simple green salad for a well-rounded meal.
- Be mindful of potential allergens in the ingredients used, particularly the pesto sauce, and consider specific dietary requirements.
Delight in the irresistible blend of flavors and the ease of our Sheet Pan Chicken with Mozzarella, Pesto, and Broccoli—a contemporary twist on Italian-inspired ingredients. This quick and savory meal is perfect for a satisfying and hassle-free dinner.