This month for the Secret Recipe Club, I was assigned the blog Apron Strings. The authors of this blog are Donna and Anne, a mother daughter duo who have an awesome story. I have to admit, I was a little scared when I first saw their blog. Anne was on the Food Network, and Donna has written several cookbooks! Yikes! I thought, these ladies are way beyond me. But, after browsing a bit, I realized what an honor to cook something off of this blog! They have lots of awesome recipes and I chose one that is extremely simple but most flavorful. Yes, they are way beyond me in their skills, but I'm so happy they are willing to blog and share their talents with the world. D and A... You women are an inspiration in many ways.
So, I chose pesto pecan Chicken. My husband re-named it Pesto Pecan Pollo, just get 3 P's in there. But this recipe is 3 ingredients! Yes, just 3 and it was incredibly delicious!
4 oz jar pesto
3/4 cup pecans finely chopped
4 chicken breasts
The only adjustment I made was to use home made pesto, because I had made some this fall and froze it. I love when I have stuff already on hand. Also a couple of my chicken breasts were quite thick, so I fillet'd (I do not know how to spell fillet in past tense) them, and actually got 6 pieces of chicken. Or, as Apron Strings recommends, you could pound them between 2 pieces of wax paper to thin them out.
Preheat the oven to 425.
Season your chicken with salt and pepper. Salt and pepper don't actually count as ingredients. Spread a thick layer of pesto sauce on each chicken breast.
Then top them with the pecans, and press them down a bit.
Bake in the oven loosely covered for 15 min. Then remove the foil and bake the remaining 15 minutes. Starting out with the chicken covered will help the pecans to not get too dark or over done. Depending on the size of your chicken, you may not need the full 30 minutes, just make sure you check it.
This dish was sooooo good! We loved it! Thanks Apron Strings! Be sure to check out their blog for lots more great recipes. Also, if you'd like more info on the Secret Recipe Club, go here for more info. Plus you will find tons and tons of great blogs and fabulous food on there! Enjoy!