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One Pan Pesto Chicken

This is the simplest and tastiest weeknight dinner for those nights you just want something quick and easy! IMG_4284Ingredients:

  • 2 organic chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp Pesto
  • 2 slices Mozzarella cheese
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Green beans
  • salt, pepper and garlic powder, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Optional: Tenderize your chicken using a meat mallet. This helps keep your meat tender and juicy even when reheating.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°F
  3. On a foil-lined baking sheet, spread a little avocado or olive oil to keep from sticking and place chicken breast and veggies of choice (I used tomatoes and green beans) around the chicken.
  4. Spread about 1 Tbsp of pesto over each chicken breast and place a piece of mozzarella cheese over the pesto.
  5. Sprinkle salt, pepper and garlic powder over the tray of vegetables and chicken and any other spices you like.
  6. Bake for approximately 20-25 minutes and enjoy!

By Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of functionallysimplenutrition.com. She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition.

Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news.

In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals.

Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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