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Healthy Meal on a Budget #1 - Chicken Pesto Flatbread



Healthy Meal on a Budget #1 - Chicken Pesto Flatbread


I love to cook. If I could go back and do things again, I think I would pursue owning a restaurant and cooking. Maybe one day! 

I am a type one diabetic due to surgery I had on my pancreas a few years ago, so though I always liked to try to eat healthy in the past, now I really have to try and eating healthy is not cheap.

What I am going to be providing are ideas, you do not need to follow this recipe to the tea. Substitute things for things that you like, use or have. I for one am not really a recipe person. I put in it what I think it needs and that's it. Not being a recipe person could be good thing or a bad thing because sometimes what I cooked comes out amazing but I can't remember how much of what I put in. 😜

This meal is for 2 adults and maybe 1 or 2 kids (all depending on how much they eat) can run about $20. Maybe a little more the first time if you do not already have some of the ingredients. 

 What you need for Chicken Pesto Flatbread


1. 2 large chicken cutlets or more.

2. Package of Wheat Flatbread - Any brand will do, but you want to make sure that it is thick enough to hold your toppings. ( I also opt for low carb options if possible)

3. Pesto - You can use any pesto but Barilla works great and is a great price!

4. Tomatoes - You can use any type of tomato that you like. If you are using larger tomatoes, I say about 2, if small use 4.


5. Mozzarella cheese - You can do this with shredded cheese or fresh mozzarella. They both taste delicious, but shredded mozzarella is a lot cheaper if you are looking for the thrifty way. 2 cups shredded or a 16oz block. 

6. Balsamic Glaze - Any brand will do, but using balsamic glaze will make a big difference in the taste of your meal, so try not to skip this one. You will not use the whole jar so you can use it multiple times. It may be a little pricy the first time you buy it, but you will get a lot of uses out of it. 



7. Basil - You can get fresh basil but if you can't find it or do not have it you can use dry basil as well. 


8. Spices of choice - You are going to be putting the pesto on the chicken but in my house we are all about spices. So I usually always put a little salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and onion powder on everything.

9. Oil - Use what you already have. You do not need a lot. I usually use a little olive oil

How to make Chicken Pesto Flat Breads

  • Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • In a large pan, put a little oil to just cover the bottom of the pan. Start warming that up.
  •  Butterfly the chicken cutlets in half so they are thinner. I then cut the chicken into little bite size pieces. 
  • Throw the chicken into the pan with the oil and season the chicken with salt, pepper and what ever spices you normally use. You do not even need to season the meat if you do not want since you will be putting the pesto on it later.
  • I usually start the chicken off on medium heat to get it brown and then turn it to low and cover it to get it tender. Mix the chicken often. It usually only takes about 15 or 20 minutes. I like to cook it on low for a little longer, because I like when my meat is tender on the inside. 
  • While that is cooking you can cut up your tomatoes into chunks. This is up to you, sometimes I cut them into small pieces sometimes larger pieces. What ever you are feeling!
  • You can also get your flatbreads prepared while you are waiting for the chicken. Spray a large baking tray with non-stick spray. It does not matter what kind. If you do not have any, it is not a big deal, it should not stick.
  • Place the flatbreads on the tray and drizzle a little oil on each one. Just a little. You can even put a little oil in a bowl and with a brush wipe a little oil on each flatbread.
  • Now if your chicken is cooked the way you want it, remove the top and put some pesto in it. I put about 3 to 4 tablespoons in it. Enough to cover all of the chicken. Cook it for about 5 minutes until the pesto is nice and warm.
  •  Once the chicken is done, spoon the chicken onto each flatbread, enough so that you would get a bite of chicken with each bite. 
  • Then I put a layer of cheese over the chicken on each flatbread.
  • Take your tomatoes and place on each flatbread. 
  • Put in the oven for about 10 or 15 minutes. Once the cheese is melty and the bread is firm, it is ready to take out.
  • While the flatbreads are in the oven, you can cut up the basil into pieces if you are using fresh.
  • When you take it out of the oven put a couple pieces of chopped basil on each flatbread or sprinkle it with the dry basil. 
  • Squirt some balsamic glaze onto each flatbread. I put quite a bit on, but not too much because it does have sugar in it and I am not suppose to have a lot of sugar!
  • I then use a pizza cutter to cut each flatbread into 4 pieces.
Here is the final outcome

 



That is it. Super simple and very healthy. And ohh so delicious!
Let me know if you tried it, if you liked it and what you changed up.

I would also like to hear your healthy recipe ideas. If you would like me to post your recipe, please email me and let me know, I would be happy to post it for you!

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