Presto Pesto Chicken

My muse seems to have taken the day off.  I was feeling a little less than inspired to be really creative, so I just made a real simple dinner, made with some leftovers that needed to be used.  Even though I pride myself on my creativity, especially in the kitchen, even I have those days where I am just not feeling up to the challenge.  It happens, even to the best of us.  Fortunately, these days do not happen to often though.

Dinner was just a simple pesto chicken, served with roasted potatoes and sauteed vegetables, with some of my leftover whole wheat potato bread.  Whole Wheat Potato Bread  Nothing fancy; just a simple dinner and a quiet evening.

Pesto chicken with roasted potatoes and sauteed vegetables.

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I coated the chicken on both sides with homemade pesto, then I roasted it in the oven at 375* F for about 20 minutes, before turning it over and adding mozzarella cheese and pine nuts.

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Quartered red potatoes tossed with garlic, olive oil, salt & pepper.  I roasted both the chicken and the potatoes together.

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After about 20 minutes, I stirred the potatoes and flipped the chicken over, then topped it with mozzarella cheese and pine nuts.  I let them both roast for another 20 minutes or so, until the cheese on the chicken was browned and a little crusty.  The pine nuts toasted on top as the chicken was cooking, so no need to toast them before hand.

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We always have our veggies.  We eat a wide variety of vegetables all the time.

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I sauteed my heartier vegetables first, then added some grape tomatoes right at the very end, so they would not break down.

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All that was needed to make this simple meal complete was a glass of wine, and voila!  Presto, pesto. Dinner was served.  I chose a crisp chardonnay with hints of grapefruit to accompany the meal.  It was a nice pairing.

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Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

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