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5-Ingredient Smothered Chicken Bake

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  • 20 min prep time
  • 55 min total time
  • 6 ingredients
  • 4 servings
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This easy 5-ingredient chicken bake topped with crumbled bacon will make a quick weeknight meal.

Ingredients

3
slices bacon, chopped
1
cup diced red bell pepper
4
boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 20 oz)
1/4
teaspoon ground pepper
1/4
cup basil pesto (from 7-oz container)
1
jar (15 oz) Alfredo pasta sauce

Steps

  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon to paper towel-lined plate, leaving drippings in skillet.
  • 2 In same skillet, cook bell pepper in bacon drippings over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon to medium bowl.
  • 3 Sprinkle chicken breasts with pepper. In same skillet, cook chicken breasts in bacon drippings over medium-high heat 2 to 4 minutes, turning once, until brown. Place chicken breasts in ungreased 11 x 7-inch (2-quart) baking dish.
  • 4 In medium bowl, stir bell pepper, pesto and Alfredo sauce until well blended. Pour over chicken. Cover with foil.
  • 5 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Sprinkle with chopped bacon.
  • 1 Heat oven to 350°F. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, cook bacon over medium-high heat 3 to 5 minutes, stirring frequently, until crisp. Remove bacon with slotted spoon to paper towel-lined plate, leaving drippings in skillet.
  • 2 In same skillet, cook bell pepper in bacon drippings over medium-high heat 1 to 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Remove from skillet with slotted spoon to medium bowl.
  • 3 Sprinkle chicken breasts with pepper. In same skillet, cook chicken breasts in bacon drippings over medium-high heat 2 to 4 minutes, turning once, until brown. Place chicken breasts in ungreased 11 x 7-inch (2-quart) baking dish.
  • 4 In medium bowl, stir bell pepper, pesto and Alfredo sauce until well blended. Pour over chicken. Cover with foil.
  • 5 Bake 30 to 35 minutes or until mixture is bubbly and juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (at least 165°F). Sprinkle with chopped bacon.

Expert Tips

Serve these chicken breasts over a cooked white and wild rice blend.

A salad of mixed greens and sliced red pears would complement this easy chicken bake.

Serve with crusty French loaf.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
1147.4
Calories from Fat
440
% Daily Value
Total Fat
63.7g
98%
Saturated Fat
4.0g
20%
Trans Fat
1 1/2g
Cholesterol
132.6mg
44%
Sodium
1173.5mg
49%
Total Carbohydrate
86.4g
29%
Dietary Fiber
6.2g
25%
Sugars
4.9g
Protein
57.6g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
50%
50%
Vitamin C
83.60%
84%
Calcium
33.90%
34%
Iron
37.20%
37%
Exchanges:
1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 1 Vegetable; 5 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 9 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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