Italian Chicken with Pesto Potatoes


Filling the pockets of each chicken breast with mozzarella guarantees that the chicken itself is beautifully tender. The chicken can be prepared in advance and then baked at the last minute.

a top down view of a plate of Italian chicken and pesto potatoes
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 10 mins
4 servings


  • ¾ cup balsamic vinegar

  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast halves

  • 4 ½ ounces sliced mozzarella cheese

  • salt and pepper to taste

  • 4 slices Parma ham

  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 pound small potatoes

  • 2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

  2. In a saucepan, bring the vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until thickened.

  3. Cut a pocket in each chicken breast. Fill each pocket with an equal amount of mozzarella cheese, and season with salt and pepper. Wrap each chicken breast with a slice of ham. Arrange the wrapped chicken breasts in a baking dish. Place the tomatoes around the chicken, sprinkle all with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper.

  4. Bake 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until chicken is no longer pink and juices run clear.

  5. In a saucepan with enough lightly salted water to cover, boil the potatoes 15 minutes, or until tender. Drain, return to the pan, and coat with the pesto.

  6. Place chicken breasts, tomatoes, and potatoes on serving plates, and drizzle with the reduced balsamic vinegar to serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

473 Calories
19g Fat
32g Carbs
44g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 473
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 1177mg 51%
Total Carbohydrate 32g 11%
Dietary Fiber 4g 13%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 44g
Vitamin C 37mg 187%
Calcium 348mg 27%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 931mg 20%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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