Baked Pesto Chicken

2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts (can be frozen or fresh)
salt and ground black pepper for seasoning chicken
1/2 cup basil pesto (I used the Costco Pesto and freeze the rest in about ½ c amounts)
2 oz. (1/2 cup) grated mozzarella cheese
Fresh or frozen green beans or asparagus (optional)

1- Preheat oven to 350 F.
2-Spray a 9″ x 12″ (or 8.5″ X 12.5″) baking dish with oil spray and put the chicken inside(can be frozen or not),
3-Spread 1/2 cup basil pesto over the chicken.  
4-Bake for 30 minutes (or 1 hr if chicken is frozen) until chicken is no longer pink inside.  Sprinkle grated mozzarella on top & cook a little longer to melt it, about 10 minutes.  You can also add fresh green beans or asparagus at this point & they’ll be ready to serve with the chicken.

Serve with brown rice, potatoes or pasta.  You may want to heat up more pesto to serve with the pasta.

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