Simple Crispy Pesto Chicken & Potatoes

Summer – whew. It’s a break for sure, but BOY are we busy! We enjoyed a nice trip to the lake last week and then squeezed in a double portion of busy when we got home. Doctor’s appointments, a slew of summer cooking classes ((check out my upcoming classes HERE and HERE)) and a set of freshly applied braces were just a few of the activities that had us moving at a speedy pace this week.

When busy days fill the week, dinner prep takes a back seat ((that’s the motto for a busy mom, right?!)). A home-cooked dinner may not greet the herd at the end of every overloaded day but if you have this short-list of ingredients, at least one meal can be checked off for your week.

Here’s what you’ll need ::

  • 1 to 2 bags of your favorite frozen breaded chicken strips
  • jarred pesto
  • shredded cheese, I prefer Monterey Jack
  • frozen potato wedges
  • fresh cherry tomatoes

With these few items, dinner will be assembled at rapid-fire pace! It’s kind of empowering – hunger, a fast-approaching dinner bell and a plan. It’s a save the day kind of recipe for sure.

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It takes under 5 minutes to get these ingredients in the pan and into the oven.

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Homemade Toasted Walnut & Sweet Basil Pesto for the win!

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In short order, dinner is served!

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It’s as if you found a wrinkle in the time continuum! Dinner ((homemade)) at home to cap off your busy day.

Simple Crispy Pesto Chicken & Potatoes
Serves 6
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 to 2 25 oz bags of frozen breaded chicken strips (pre-cooked)
  2. 24-36 frozen potato wedges
  3. 10-15 cherry tomatoes
  4. 6 T pesto
  5. 3 c grated Monterey Jack cheese (+ extra for topping after baked)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Place all ingredients into a large baking pan, topping with shredded cheese. Bake for 40 to 50 minutes until golden, bubbly and hot throughout.
  2. Remove from oven and sprinkle additional cheese on top. Return to oven until cheese is melted.
  3. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
  4. Serves 4 to 8 depending on how much chicken you choose to bake.
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