Baked Tomato and Mozzarella Chicken

06 Dec 2014

I used to fry everything. In my young eyes, the oven was this machine used for 'baking' so I stayed far away from it. I have never been a baker and I like it that way because I can enjoy and appreciate other people's baking so much more! If I was making meatballs, fry 'em. Carrots, fry 'em. Chicken, fy'em. This went on for a while before realising that the oven can in fact be used to make more than just roast potatoes and baking. I've since learnt that using the oven can actually be a huge time saver as all you have to do is just prepare the food to be cooked as the oven does the cooking bit for you!

This baked tomato and mozzarella chicken is super delicious and everything you could imagine it to be. The juicy tomatoes, fresh basil and stringy mozzarella give the chicken a lot of flavour. I learnt from cooking this that I put the cheese in far too early. I laced the raw chicken with mozzarella and placed in the oven for the full cooking time. Sadly, it burnt a bit which is evident in this photo:

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The great part about cooking however is that you can just alter a recipe and try again! So I recommend waiting until the last 10 or so minutes of your chicken cooking before sprinkling the mozzarella on top. This will allow it to melt and be super cheesy. I served this with a quick and easy salad which was mostly made up of whatever we had left lying in the fridge.

Happy cooking :)

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Baked Tomato and Mozzarella Chicken

Ingredients

4 boneless chicken breasts, halved
1 600ml jar of passata
1 400ml can of chopped tomatoes
Handful of fresh chopped basil
3 tbsp of olive oil
3 tbsp of crushed garlic
2 cups of mozzarella
Salt and pepper to taste

Method

Preheat oven to 220 degrees.

Cut chicken breasts in half. Place in oven dish.

To make the sauce, add passata, chopped tomatoes, basil, garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper to a bowl. Mix to combine.

Pour the sauce over the chicken and bake in the oven for 30 minutes.

Take out of oven and sprinkle mozzarella on top. Place back in the oven for 10-15 minutes or until cooked through.

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