Simple and delicious Italian Chicken dinner for busy families
No matter where you're at in life, fall seems to bring the start of busier days and rushed schedules. Jason and I don't have anyone going back to school this fall, but as summer dwindles away I feel like life is about to get a whole lot busier, and with a new baby on the way that's probably 100% true.
With our already busy schedules, I'm always on the hunt for quick meal ideas that don't take a lot of preparation. This Italian Chicken recipe adapted from Iowa Girl Eats is one of my favorite quick meals. The prep is less than 10 minutes and it's so good. Like so, so good.
My favorite thing about this recipe is that all you have to do is combine everything in a baking dish and then throw it in the oven! It's a busy mom's dream come true. I usually pair it with pasta and Brussel sprouts, which each take a little more prep but it's still something I can tackle while Benson plays and before Jason gets home.
Simple and Delicious Italian Chicken (adapted from Iowa Girl Eats)
8 chicken thighs
1 can marinara sauce
2 packets of pesto sauce
Mozzarella cheese for topping
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Lay your chicken thighs in a 9x13 baking dish; spread them evenly throughout the dish.
Prepare pesto with 1/4 olive oil (the directions on the packets I get suggests using 1/4 olive oil and 1/4 water per packet, but this makes it really wet and you need it to stick to the chicken. You could also use already prepared pesto). Pour pesto on chicken and rub in if needed.
Empty marinara sauce over the chicken.
Cover with tin foil.
Bake for 40 mins or until chicken reaches 165 degrees.
You can add shredded mozzarella after it's finished baking or you can add sliced mozzarella on top of the chicken for the last 10 minutes (leave the tin foil off so it can melt!)
It's seriously so easy! As I was writing down the ingredients I felt like I was missing something! Please let me know if you try this and what you think!