baked pesto chicken

Baked Pesto Chicken

Moist, flavourful chicken breast that’s smothered in herby pesto, melty cheese and diced tomatoes! This dish is so easy to make, requires minimal ingredients and is ready in 30 minutes! Serve with a side salad, rice, or over pesto pasta for a really herby, filling meal!

It’s summertime and our herb garden is supplying us with an abundance of fresh herbs to cook with! I seriously could not be happier! As hard as I try to keep a little herb garden flourishing through the winter months on my windowsill, they never survive for long. I am getting my fill of fresh, homegrown herbs now as much as I can!

While I can’t play favourites when it comes to herbs (with a name like Herbs & Flour, I obviously have a love affair with them all), basil is one I use a lot in the summer months! There are currently 7 basil plants producing enough basil to supply my pesto love affair for the months to come and beyond- check out my post for Basil Pesto for tips on how to freeze pesto to use in throughout the year).

This simple dinner idea i’m sharing with you today is a fun way to use up fresh pesto for light, herby chicken! This dish to me screams summer! If you love bruschetta and all things pesto, then you will love this dish too!

baked pesto chicken

How to make Baked Pesto Chicken

This baked pesto chicken dish is easy to make and doesn’t require a long list of ingredients! To make this, you will need:

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 2 large tomatoes, diced
  • 2 tablespoons basil, sliced into ribbons
  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper

To start, I preheat the oven to 350F and grease a baking dish with 1 tablespoon olive oil.

Then, I season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. I arrange the chicken on a baking dish and spoon the pesto on top of each, spreading to cover them.

I bake the chicken for 20-30 minutes or until cooked to an internal temperature of 165F and juices run clear. The cooking time will vary depending on the size of your chicken breasts so be sure to check the temperature with a meat thermometer.

Once the chicken is cooked, I top it with mozzarella slices and diced tomatoes and place it back into the oven and bake for a few more minutes, until the cheese is melted. Then, I remove it from oven and sprinkle it with fresh basil before serving.

I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

Bon appetit!

-Cathy

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Baked Pesto Chicken

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Recipe by Cathy Course: All Recipes, Dinner
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

30

minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1/3 cup pesto

  • 2 large tomatoes, diced

  • 2 tablespoons basil, sliced into ribbons

  • 4 slices mozzarella cheese

  • salt and pepper

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a baking dish with 1 tablespoon olive oil.
  • Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. Arrange chicken on baking dish and spoon pesto on top of each, spreading to cover them.
  • Bake chicken for 20-30 minutes or until cooked to an internal temperature of 165F and juices run clear. Cooking time will vary depending on the size of your chicken breasts.
  • Top chicken with mozzarella slices and diced tomatoes. Place back into the oven and bake for a few more minutes, until cheese is melted. Remove from oven and sprinkle with fresh basil before serving.

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