Baked Pesto Chicken

I have lots and lots of chicken recipes, mainly because it’s the one meat all of the kids will actually eat with a minimal amount of complaining. And there are a gazillion ways to serve chicken without it getting boring. Case in point: this recipe for Baked Pesto Chicken.

I originally found this recipe somewhere on Pinterest, though I’m not sure where. Baked Pesto Chicken requires only three ingredients, and it couldn’t be any more simple to make. It’s perfect for those week nights when you need a meal quickly.

This recipe for baked pesto chicken is a hit with adults and kids alike. It's super fast to put together and cook, and perfect for busy weeknights. Yum

Baked Pesto Chicken

Baked Pesto Chicken
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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper for seasoning chicken
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto (try other pesto flavors too!)
  • 1/2 cup grated low-fat mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 375F.
  2. Spray a 9x13 baking dish with non-stick spray. Spread 1/4 cup basil pesto to lightly cover the bottom of the dish. Spread the chicken over the pesto, then spread the remaining pesto over the chicken.
  3. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake the chicken for 25-30 minutes, until the chicken is barely cooked through.
  4. Remove the foil and sprinkle the cheese on top of the chicken. Put dish back into the oven, uncovered, and cook 5 minutes more until the cheese is melted. To lightly brown the cheese, you can broil the dish for another 2-3 minutes more.


All of that yummy pesto in the bottom of is perfect to serve with rice, potatoes, or quinoa. Or just serve it right over the chicken.


Yum, right? You can also try this recipe with pork. It’s a great easy recipe that the kids love -they call it green chicken.

Want more chicken recipes?  This Baked Chicken recipe is the easiest and most delicious recipe you can make. My recipe for Chicken Da-Bomb is kid-approved, as well as my recipe for this Bacon, Spinach, and Feta Un-Stuffed Chicken.

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  1. Great recipe, Natalie! I'm always looking for something new to do with chicken. :) And pesto is a huge hit around here! Andrea recently posted..DIY: The Best Dinner In The History Of The WorldMy Profile
  2. Hi there. Can you do this with frozen chicken in the crock pot?
  3. Karen Hampsey says:
    Just wanted to say THANK YOU. It's hard to work and come home to cook, homework,etc. Keep sharing, God bless.
  4. Wow... this recipe was simple and DElicious! Great low carb option and served it with cauliflower mash. My 14 month old couldn't get enough of the chicken and it's been difficult transitioning her from baby food. Thank you, it's a keeper! Look forward to trying it with pork chops!
  5. Made this for dinner tonight and we all thought it was delicious! And I absolutely loved how easy and fast it was to make. Thanks for saving me on this day when I had pulled chicken out of the freezer but didn't bother to take the time to do anything more until an hour before dinner time! :) Lydia @ The Thrifty Frugal Mom recently posted..Recipe: Cheesy Ham, Potato & Green Bean CasseroleMy Profile
  6. Perfect dish for a large family like mine. Quick, cheap and easy on a weeknight! We usually serve over some pasta. Between 3 teen boys, 1 teen girl and a 2 year old picky eater, this one always wins! Thanks for a great recipe!
  7. Just wanted to say THANK YOU. It’s hard to work and come home to cook, homework,etc. Keep sharing, God bless. al3ab recently posted..تحميل لعبة Freedom Fighters برابط واحد وبدون تثبيتMy Profile
  8. Just wanted to say THANK YOU. It’s hard to work and come home to cook, homework,etc. Keep sharing, God bless.00 .
  9. Great Recipe. I am gonna try it toNight
  10. Jan Gruber says:
    I made this last night and it turned out absolutely delicious. I did make a few alterations as I used 8 chicken breasts instead of four. I did have to bake it about 20 mins. than recipe called for to get chicken done. I didn't have any mozzarella cheese on hand so substituted Mexican blend cheese and it was perfect. A keeper for sure.
  11. Made this last night for my boyfriend and I and served it over brown rice. It was delicious! So fast, easy, and flavorful! Will definitely put this into my weekly rotation!
  12. Ive made this about 10 times now and it is divine - thank you!
  13. My favorite to serve this over is Orzo pasta. Looks like rice, but does not absorb all the wonder pesto like rice does. Makes great leftovers, when there are some. ☺️
  14. Brittney dargusch says:
    What's the nutrition calories per serving
  15. What can I use in place of whipping cream