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Meals

Cheesy chicken tray bake

This all in one meal features tender chicken breast, veggies tossed in a Mediterranean sauce then topped with bocconcini and ricotta. Everything cooks on a single baking tray making this an easy and quick meal idea.

Prep Time

15 mins

Cook Time

35-40 mins

Total Time

1 hr and 10 mins

Equipment

  • 13”x 18” sheet tray
  • parchment paper
  • cutting board
  • knife
  • measuring cups and spoons
  • large mixing bowl
  • zester or microplane

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup (60ml) olive oil
  • 1 tbsp (15ml) minced garlic
  • 2 tsp (10ml) dried oregano
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • a few sprigs of fresh thyme
  • zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 medium zucchini, sliced ½ “ thick rounds
  • 2 red peppers, seeded, cut in to 1” pieces
  • 1 green pepper, seeded, cut in to 1” pieces
  • ½ red onion, cut into 1” pieces
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • ¼ cup (60ml) fresh basil leaves, torn into small pieces
  • 1 package 19count (200g) cocktail bocconcini, drained
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

Directions

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a mixing bowl with the dried oregano, thyme, minced garlic, salt, pepper, lemon juice, zest and olive oil. Cover and marinate, refrigerated for 15 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350’F (175’C)
  3. Cut your zucchini, peppers and red onion and, along with the cherry tomatoes and basil, add to the marinating chicken. Mix well and return to the refrigerator for another 15 minutes.
  4. Arrange the marinated chicken and vegetables on a parchment lined sheet tray, with the chicken breast in the centre of the tray and the veggies around the outside. Transfer to your preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes.
  5. After 20 minutes, distribute the bocconcini and a few dollops of ricotta evenly around the tray and return to the oven. Continue cooking until the chicken breast reaches an internal temperature of 165’F (74’C) when probed at its thickest point, another 10-15 minutes longer.
  6. Serve straight from the tray and enjoy!

Watch the video below for a demonstration of this recipe.