Mediterranean Baked Chicken with Basil Pesto, Feta, Olives

Prep Time: 10 mins. Cook Time: 35 mins. Total Time: 45 mins Calories: 636

Tender & flavorful Mediterranean baked chicken recipe cooked in a creamy basil pesto sauce with feta cheese and olives. An easy keto chicken recipe perfect for dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1tablespoon butterimg_8278
  • 1tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 5pounds chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  • 1teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and fresh ground pepperto taste
  • 1/4cup basil pesto
  • 2garlic cloves minced
  • 1cup half and half or evaporated milk you can also use heavy whipping cream
  • salt and fresh ground pepperto taste
  • 1cup cubed reduced sodium feta cheese
  • 1cup pitted olives, rinsed and dried to minimize sodium intake
  • fresh basilchopped, for garnish, optional

 

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.img_8279
  2. Combine butter and olive oil in a cast iron skillet and melt over medium heat.
  3. Season chicken with dried basil, salt and pepper; add to hot oil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned.
  4. In a mixing bowl, combine basil pesto, garlic, half and half, salt and pepper; whisk until thoroughly combined.
  5. Remove skillet from heat and add olives and cubed feta to the skillet.
  6. Pour the prepared pesto sauce over the chicken.
  7. Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and sauce is bubbly.
  8. Remove from oven.
  9. Garnish with fresh basil and serve.

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