Pesto Chicken is a fun way to bake chicken thighs or breasts. Chicken is topped with pesto, tomatoes, and mozzarella, then baked until golden brown & bubbly.  

With or without a side of zoodles, this baked chicken makes a great recipe for a busy weeknight or a social gathering.

Pesto Chicken with tomatoes and cheese

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Pesto Chicken

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What Pesto is the Best?

Pre-packaged pestos are easy to find.

For the best flavor look for a pesto sauce that has basil as the first ingredient since ingredient lists always place items from the most to the least.

pieces of Pesto Chicken with tomatoes and cheese in the pan

How to Make Pesto Chicken

Chicken Pesto is quick and easy to prep with less than 3 steps.

  1. Toss the chicken with the prepared pesto sauce and place in the casserole dish.
  2. Bake and top with tomatoes and mozzarella before broiling until bubbly & melted.

Remove from the oven, garnish and serve. It’s that simple!

The Best Garnish

Large, fresh basil leaves make a dramatic garnish over this colorful dish, but you can also stack basil leaves on top of one another.

  • Roll up from the wide end to the tips.
  • Then slice thinly with a sharp knife.

This creates basil ‘ribbons’ and is called ‘chiffonade.’ Spread basil chiffonade over the melted cheese and serve!

Pesto Chicken with tomatoes and cheese on a plate

How Long Do I Bake It?

Bake about 25 to 30 minutes or until a meat thermometer reaches 165°F.

Place the thermometer in the thickest part of the breast or thighs to determine the temperature.

What to Serve With It?

A side of pasta makes a great foundation, but don’t hesitate to serve sliced pesto chicken over a bed of cauliflower fried rice or even lettuce for a protein salad entrée!

Spinach sautéed in garlic is a flavorful side dish to serve with it!

Pesto Chicken with tomatoes and cheese
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Easy Low Carb Pesto Chicken

Pesto Chicken is a fun way to bake chicken thighs or breasts. They are topped with pesto, tomatoes, and mozzarella, then baked until lightly golden brown and bubbly.  
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 27 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 4
Author Holly

Ingredients  

  • 4 chicken breast halves 5-6 oz each
  • ½ cup pesto
  • 2 Roma tomatoes 1/2" slices
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Toss chicken with pesto and place in a shallow baking dish. Bake 25-30 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Top chicken with tomato slices and cheese. Broil 2-3 minutes or until cheese is bubbly and melted.
  • Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve.
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Nutrition Information

Calories: 340kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 600mg | Potassium: 513mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1160IU | Vitamin C: 5.6mg | Calcium: 202mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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