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One dish Pesto Chicken
5 from 2 votes

Creamy Pesto Chicken Casserole

This Creamy Pesto Chicken Casserole is a huge crowd pleaser and a delicious one dish meal!  The delicious pesto flavor envelopes the chicken and rice and is made over the top delicious by the creaminess.  This is a perfect easy dinner idea and will easily feed a crowd.  Leftovers reheat perfectly to eat for lunches throughout the week.
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Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken breast boneless skinless
  • 1 1/2 cup jasmine rice uncooked
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1/3 cup pesto prepared
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese shredded

For Garnish:

  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes halved
  • Fresh basil chopped
  • balsamic glaze

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375˚F.
  • Combine the cream cheese, pesto and chicken broth in a bowl and whisk until smooth.  Stir in the rice and then pour the entire mixture into a large casserole dish.
  • Trim the chicken, then cut it into roughly even pieces around 2 inches each.  Place the chicken pieces evenly over the top of the rice mixture and gently push down until just covered in the liquid.  Sprinkle the top of the casserole with the mozzarella cheese.
  • Bake for 50-60 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through, and the rice is tender and has soaked up all of the liquid.  Enjoy!

Recipe Notes:

  • You can substitute 2 cups quick cooking rice for the jasmine rice.
  • Other cuts of chicken such as chicken thighs can be used as long as they are boneless, skinless.
  • Leftovers can be saved in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to a month.
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Nutrition Information:

Calories: 439kcal (22%)Carbohydrates: 34g (11%)Protein: 30g (60%)Fat: 21g (32%)Saturated Fat: 9g (56%)Polyunsaturated Fat: 5gMonounsaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 99mg (33%)Sodium: 614mg (27%)Potassium: 0mgFiber: 0gSugar: 1g (1%)Vitamin A: 0IUVitamin C: 0mgCalcium: 0mgIron: 0mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)