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Baked Pesto Chicken Breast

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Chicken Pesto Bake is a simple, light dish made with skinless chicken breasts, pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. You can make this in the oven, or make it outside on the grill!

This fast and easy Baked Chicken Breast recipe is topped with pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Bake in the oven, or make it outside on the grill!

This easy Baked Pesto Chicken is a fast chicken dish made with skinless chicken breasts, pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. You can make this in the oven, or make it outside on the grill!
Chicken Pesto Bake

Chicken Recipes are the most searched recipes on my blog. A few other popular chicken recipes are General Tsos Chicken, Baked Chicken Parmesan and Crock Pot Chicken with Black Beans and Corn.

This chicken recipe is really popular because it’s made with just 5 ingredients and is ready in under 30 minutes – a winner in my book!

Pesto Chicken Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts, for protein
  • Homemade Pesto, for freshness and flavor
  • Tomatoes, for freshness
  • Mozzarella, for protein and melty goodness
  • Parmesan cheese, for unami

What To Serve with Baked Pesto Chicken

I like to serve this with salad or zucchini noodles to keep it low-carb but you can also serve it over pasta.

This easy Baked Pesto Chicken is a fast chicken dish made with skinless chicken breasts, pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. You can make this in the oven, or make it outside on the grill!

How To Make Baked Pesto Chicken

Chicken Pesto Bake is a simple, light dish made with skinless chicken breasts, pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. You can make this in the oven, or make it outside on the grill!

Chicken Pesto Bake

4.88 from 41 votes
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Cals:205
Protein:30
Carbs:2.5
Fat:8.5
This easy Baked Pesto Chicken is a fast chicken dish made with skinless chicken breasts, pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. You can make this in the oven, or make it outside on the grill!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
This easy Baked Pesto Chicken is a fast chicken dish made with skinless chicken breasts, pesto, tomatoes, mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. You can make this in the oven, or make it outside on the grill!
Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 15 mins
Total: 25 mins
Yield: 4 Servings
Serving Size: 1 piece chicken

Ingredients

  • 2 16 oz total boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste
  • 4 teaspoons Skinny Basil Pesto
  • 1 medium tomatoes sliced thin
  • 6 tbsp 1.5 oz shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 teaspoons grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Wash chicken and dry with a paper towel. Slice chicken breast horizontally to create 4 thinner cutlets. Season lightly with salt and fresh pepper.
  • Preheat the oven to 400° F. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment if desired for easy clean-up.
  • Place the chicken on prepared baking sheet. Spread about 1 teaspoon of pesto over each piece of chicken.
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove from oven; top with tomatoes, mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • To Grill: Grill chicken over medium flame on both sides until cooked through in the center.  Lower flame, top chicken with pesto, tomatoes and cheese, and close grill until cheese melts.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1 piece chicken, Calories: 205 kcal, Carbohydrates: 2.5 g, Protein: 30 g, Fat: 8.5 g, Saturated Fat: 2.5 g, Cholesterol: 90.5 mg, Sodium: 171.5 mg, Fiber: 0.5 g

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246 comments on “Baked Pesto Chicken Breast”

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    Claudine Muccini

    Love how quickly this meal comes together – perfect for a busy week like this one- with the Christmas holiday upon us..   It even has Christmas colors!   Thanks Gina!

  2. This was fantastic!  The fresh tomatoes from the garden melted into a fabulous rich flavour. It reminded me of chicken parm but not nearly as heavy.  A splash of lemon juice in your pesto lightens up the flavour beautifully.  This one’s a keeper.  

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    Marisa Castaneda

    I made this last night and it was so delicious and easy to make! I was looking for pesto recipes because I have so much basil in my garden, and I’m glad I came across this recipe. I will definitely make this again.

  4. This chicken comes out SO JUICY! After the first 15 minutes, I took a paper towel and blotted off some of the oil that came from the pesto sauce. Then added the tomato and cheese per instructions. But I want to reiterate, I could literally cut this chicken with a butter knife! I will cook this over and over again. Have yet to find a recipe I don’t like from here!

  5. This recipe was such a hit with my hubby, he’ll try anything, but his enthusiasm was extraordinarily appreciated. I baked the breast 10 minutes, but will aim for 8 minutes the next time. It wasn’t overdone, but less would have been better.  Thank you, Gina! 

  6. Can you freeze this meal if so what part of the process do you freeze it before chicken is cooked or after

  7. This was delicious! Excellent for meal prep lunches for the week.  It tastes so fresh and is very filling.  Make the homemade pesto – it’s super easy and yummy.  Smells amazing while baking too.

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    Christine Flanagan

    Easy and quick but big on taste! Homemade pesto with fresh basil from the garden is a must try. Thanks, Gina!

  9. I baked the chicken on a parchment-lined broiler pan. The chicken was swimming in juice and very tough. 😧  Next time I will bake on a roaster to keep the chicken out of the juice or grill the chicken.  I will also add 3 tsp of basil for each piece of chicken. The chicken breast I used were huge!!!  

  10. Today will be my 4th time making this. It’s a new favorite for a picky family of 7. I hate basil so I substitute fresh spinach and follow the recipe. It’s awesome. I will make this for years to come. Thank you for the recipe.