Give the people what they want. What do they want? They want an afternoon snack that’s more like a meal. Basically, a sneal.
The “What Can I EAT?” saga starring 2 hungry teenagers continues. That’s saying it nicely. It’s more like DEMANDS. Like “Give ME FOOD that I want or else!” They’re bigger than me. I have to listen.
So if I was to try to offer one of my kind of foods like Cashew Quinoa Bowl or Chicken Chopped Salad, they might revolt. They swim hard and
work hard at go to school, so I really do want to give them something homemade that still peaks their interest.
This dish is so easy. Typically, I have every single ingredient on hand. It just takes a few minutes of prep and makes the house smell delicious. For 2 hungry boys, this is fabulous on pasta for dinner. The bread soaks up the pesto, then it melts out onto the chicken. It gets crispy in some areas and gooey cheesy in others. This is one of those meals (or sneals) that is demolished no matter how much I make. Truly, this is what my people want.
I’ll just sit at the corner of the table and sip on my go-to smoothie and live vicariously through them.
OK fine, I’ll admit that I licked the spoon before I put it in the dishwasher.
- 1 1/2 - 2 lbs chicken breast, cut into 2 inch cubes (optional to lightly season with salt and pepper to taste)
- 2 cups left over crusty bread, cut into 2 inch cubes
- 1/2 cup pesto
- 1 cup mozzarella
- Optional- Parmesan cheese for serving
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- In a nonstick skillet or cast iron pan coated with cooking spray and 1 tsp olive oil, brown chicken on all sides. It is not necessary to cook all the way through. Cook in batches so as to not overcrowd the pan.
- Transfer chicken pieces to a baking dish.
- Toss bread cubes with pesto sauce.
- Layer half of pesto coated bread cubes over chicken.
- Layer 1/2 cup mozzarella.
- Add remaining bread cubes.
- Top with remaining mozzarella.
- Bake 10-15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
- If you want the top crispy, broil for a couple minutes.
- Optional- serve with a sprinkle of fresh Parmesan cheese.