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4-Ingredient Tomato Pesto Chicken

4-Ingredient Tomato Pesto Chicken

20 MIN

Have a meal on the table in minutes with this 20-minute, 4-ingredient Tomato Pesto Chicken, which calls for one of my favorite weeknight shortcuts – store-bought pesto. We like to eat this over whole wheat orzo (tossed in a little olive oil and grated parmesan cheese) alongside a simple green salad.

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 14.5-oz can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup store-bought pesto
  • Cooked pasta (I like to serve this over whole wheat orzo)

In a 10-inch skillet (with lid) heat olive oil over medium heat. Season both sides of the chicken with a generous sprinkle of Kosher salt and black pepper. Once the oil “shimmers” add the chicken and sear on one side, without moving, for two minutes. In the meantime, mix together the diced tomatoes (with juice) and pesto in a separate dish, stirring well to combine.

Flip the chicken and add the tomato mixture to the pan, pouring evenly around the chicken. Once the sauce begins to simmer, cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Continue simmering for 8-10 minutes.

Remove pan from heat and let stand, still covered, 3-4 minutes before serving.

Serve over cooked pasta, alongside a simple salad.

Serves 4. 

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