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    Mozzarella & Roasted Red Pepper Pesto Chicken

      By cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice

    February 8, 2018

    Chicken cutlets rolled up with roasted red peppers and mozzarella cheese stuffed inside and pesto sauce slathered on top.

    All my favorite things.

    Chicken cutlets are skinny chicken breasts – if you can’t find them in your market you can pound out regular chicken breasts with a meat tenderizer. You want them to be very thin – less than an inch thick.

    I use fire-roasted red peppers in the jar – you can find them near the olives. They’re huge on flavor with a pop of vinegar that is perfect with the mild-mannered mozzarella.

    I also use pesto sauce in the jar but you can make it homemade if you prefer. Maybe I’m being lazy but lately, I’m all for convenience. . .

    And quick, easy and delicious meals being I’m still unpacking and trying to get organized from my move. Six weeks later and I still have boxes. Insert giant sigh here.

    I just found a box of spices I’ve been missing dearly every time I cook. . . Note to self: never split up your spices, stick them all in one box so you can season your food properly from the get-go.

    Those are my words of wisdom for today.

    Along with this: make these for an easy weeknight dinner when you’re short on time but want something extra special.

    And super tasty.

    Ingredients

    4 chicken cutlets

    sea salt and fresh black pepper

    ½ cup pesto sauce, divided

    2 (jarred) fire-roasted red peppers

    1 + ⅓ cups shredded mozzarella cheese

    about ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

    Directions

    1Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a small baking sheet or pan with parchment paper.

    2Season the chicken cutlets with salt and pepper. Lay them down in a row on the baking sheet.

    3Top each one with 1 tablespoon of pesto and spread from edge to edge.

    4Cut the roasted red peppers in half and place one on each chicken cutlet closest to the skinnier side.

    5Sprinkle ⅓ cup mozzarella over each one.

    6Roll the cutlets up from the smallest end and secure with toothpicks. Sprinkle the Italian seasoning over them.

    7Bake until cooked through 18 - 25 minutes depending on their size/thickness.

    8Remove the toothpicks and discard.

    9To serve top each one with the remaining tablespoon of pesto.

    10Read more at https://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/mozzarella-roasted-red-pepper-chicken-roll-ups-with-pesto-sauce/#DXqIOb0Hc71BkAHl.99

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