Cheesy Pesto Chicken Bake (Keto & Low Carb!)

Hey there, foodie friends and keto warriors! Looking for a dish that has the power to make your dinner table burst with flavor while also keeping those carbs in check? Well, saddle up because today I’m sharing a recipe that is so sinfully delicious yet surprisingly low-carb, it's gonna knock your socks off. I'm talking about the Cheesy Pesto Chicken Bake – a recipe that combines the creamy goodness of cheese with the herby zest of pesto, all while giving some serious love to your favorite protein: chicken.

Now, this isn't just any chicken recipe. It's perfect for those on a keto diet, or for anyone who simply wants to indulge without the carb guilt. It’s rich, it’s cheesy, and it’s absolutely bursting with flavors. Plus, it's so easy to make, you can practically do it in your sleep. Well, not literally, but you get the point. Now, grab those ingredients, and let’s whip up a meal that will be the new MVP of your weeknight dinners!

Cheesy Pesto Chicken Bake (Keto & Low Carb!)

What You'll Need:

  • 3 to 4 chicken breasts (about 1.5 pounds – think hearty portions)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (yep, go ahead and soften that up)
  • 1/3 cup of your favorite store-bought basil pesto (Giovanni Rana brand is a winner if you can find it)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (oh, the more cheesiness, the merrier)

For the Garnish (because we fancy):

  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, halved for a pop of color and freshness
  • A handful of fresh basil leaves (4 to 6 should do), chopped

Here's How To Make It:

  1. Preheat and Prep: Turn up the heat in your oven to 375 degrees F and grease a large baking dish to keep things non-sticky.

  2. Mix it Up: In a bowl, combine that room-temperature cream cheese with the pesto until they're best buddies.

  3. Chicken Time: Lay the chicken breasts flat in your greased baking dish like they are sunbathing.

  4. Pesto Cream Cheese Frosting: Spread the pesto and cream cheese mixture over them like you’re icing the top of a cake.

  5. Cheese Mountain: Liberally sprinkle that mozzarella cheese all over. Don't be shy - if you want more than a cup, we won’t judge!

  6. Bake it Real Good: Pop that dish into the oven on the center rack and let it bake for 30-40 minutes. You’re looking for an internal chicken temp of 165 degrees F – safety first, folks!

  7. Garnish and Serve: Once done, play dress-up with those cherry tomato halves and fresh basil. They’re not just there to look pretty – they add a burst of freshness with every bite.

And voilĂ , you've created a masterpiece! This Cheesy Pesto Chicken Bake is a flavor bomb waiting to explode with every forkful. Plus, it's keto-friendly, keeping your carb count low and your taste satisfaction high. Cut yourself a slice, serve it up, and watch as this dish becomes the new go-to in your culinary arsenal. Enjoy your delicious creation!