Baked Pesto Chicken

Baked Pesto Chicken

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Servings: 4
  • About This Recipe

    “Fast easy meal to put together with prepackaged pesto!”


  • 4boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cuprefrigerated basil pesto
  • 2 -3plum tomatoes, sliced(optional)
  • 1/2 cupmozzarella cheese, shredded
  • Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Line baking sheet with heavy-duty foil.
  • Place chicken and pesto in medium bowl; toss to coat.
  • Place chicken on prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center.
  • Remove from oven; top with tomatoes and cheese.
  • Bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Reviews

  • “I used Recipe #355554 for this recipe and it was really scrumptious. I seasoned the breasts with salt and pepper, threw it in a ziplock bag and tossed with the pesto (less cleanup). I put it on a baking sheet, topped with tomatoes and cheese, cooked some pasta and tossed it with the remaining pesto and voila!, dinner is on the table in no time, with minimum effort. I would highly recommend this recipe to anyone, including beginner cooks who are looking to impress their loved ones. Thank you.”

  • “This is the second thing I’ve ever cooked and it was a hit! I wasn’t too sure about it, but I love pesto, and wanted to try my hand at baking, so it seemed like a good recipe.If you’re a beginner, or just want something tasty and easy to cook, you should definitely give this a go! I’m a very picky eater and nervous (novice) chef, and everything about this was great!I did have to cut the cooking time in half, but the chicken breasts I used were sliced very thin. I’m glad I erred on the side of caution and checked after ten minutes.”

  • “Unbelievable. I used my own pesto, so it was fresh. Within 5 minutes of popping it in the oven the smell was amazing. I followed the directions exactly, and I can tell you this dish was fabulous. We felt that we were eating at a 5-star restaurant. Thanks for sharing!”

  • “Wow, this is really flavorful chicken.I only used tomatoes on half of them as my kids don’t like cooked tomatoes.But really these are good.THank you for sharing with us.I served this with scalloped potatoes and a veggie.”

  • “This recipe is fantastic! My family requests it regularly and I have made it several times now. The appearance and taste of the dish is perfect for a special dinner for guests while also being quick and easy enough to prepare on a busy week night.”

  • “Easy!I did chicken thighs because they’re cheaper and juicier (we buy organic chicken and it’s pricey).Baked it on a rack with store bought pesto.Didn’t have any tomatoes, but topped with a heaping spoonful of marinara sauce covered with thin slices of provolone.The provolone melted perfectly.When I put the chicken back in the oven, I put is on broil because after 20 minutes the chicken was cooked through and I just needed to melt the cheese. It was very, very good.And it was wildly easy.The entire family loved it which is rare.: )”

  • “yep…YUM.easy, fast, low cal and oh so good.”

  • “This is a really flavorful and easy recipe!It was my husband’s first experience with pesto. He’s in love. Thank you for posting.”

  • “I left it in the oven long enough for the cheese to brown.mmmmmm.I also baked the chicken on a rack, to avoid an accumulation of olive oil.Very good!”

  • “Very quick and easy to prepare as a week night meal. My husband and I enjoyed this sooo much and our picky children even ate theire including the tomato! I served it with some penne pasta and alfredo sauce and steamed broccoli and we felt like we were dining out it was so delicious! Thanks for the simple easy recipe :)”

  • “I was wondering as I made this how something so simple could be as good as the reviews but it was true! I used homemade pesto and then a shredded cheese blend for topping. It took 25 minutes to cook and it was still moist and flavorable. I served this with steamed green beans and it was a huge hit!”

  • “The whole family really like this… and I loved how simple it was to make.Thanks a million for posting this.It will certainly enter our regular weeknight rotation.”

  • “Super fast and easy.Made recipe as printed and it turned out delicious. Tons of flavor.Thank you Tish for posting”

  • “Wow, this was delish! I added chopped pecans to my fresh pesto and it really just made the dish. This is a beautiful dish which is so easy to make and will sure impress!!! Thank you for the idea!!”

  • “We really enjoyed this!I didn’t bake the chicken though…it’s just too hot to turn on the oven.I grilled two chicken breasts and then brought them in and put 1 Tbsp of my homemade pesto on each breast.I topped each of those with thinly sliced tomatoes and topped with mozzarella cheese.I then put them under the broiler to melt the cheese.Easy dinner and easy clean up!Served with steamed broccoli and couscous.Thanks for posting…this is a keeper for us!”

  • “So easy and delicious, definitely will not be the last time I make this.”

  • “Just made this with a homemade basil pesto recipe…. Delicious!!!!!”

  • “Easy recipe!Used a jar of pesto, topped with mozzarella and plum tomatoes.Delicious!”