Easy Pesto Chicken

Easy Pesto Chicken is a flavor packed chicken recipe that only needs 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time! It’s a great low-carb dinner idea will be on permanent rotation in your house!

Pesto Chicken topped with mozzarella cheese

Easy Pesto Chicken is a Quick Chicken Recipe With Only 4 Ingredients!

Chicken Recipes are the cornerstone of our family dinners. From Crack Chicken to MIYM Chicken I have chicken breast recipes on this site aplenty! And this Pesto Chicken is so hyper simple it’s almost not a recipe. Like I said, only 4 ingredients and you will have a flavor packed dinner on the table in 30 minutes!

What Are the 4 Ingredients?

The fact that there are only 4 ingredients is what makes this a go-to chicken breast recipe in my house! It’s packed with so much flavor, while being insanely easy…it just doesn’t get better than that! All you need is:

  • Chicken Breasts
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Pesto
  • Provolone  or Mozzarella Cheese

I’m Always Looking For A Low Carb Dinner Ideas

This is naturally a low-carb dish. Yes, I do use some breadcrumbs on the chicken to help absorb the pesto and give it a nice crunch, but you could absolutely omit the breadcrumbs if you’re being strict with your carb counting. Serve it with a salad on the side for a filling, and protein packed meal.

How To Make Pesto Chicken

How Do You Make Pesto Chicken?

The process for this chicken recipe couldn’t be easier! The prep time is under 10 minutes, and you bake is for about 30 minutes, depending on how thick the chicken breasts you use are! Here’s what you do:

  1. Coat you chicken breasts in breadcrumbs. You can use plain, Italian seasoned or Panko breadcrumbs. TIP: Seasoned breadcrumbs are a great timesaver to add more flavor
  2. Arrange the chicken breasts in a 9×13 baking dish.
  3. Spread the jar of pesto evenly on top of the chicken.
  4. And then top with slices of Provolone cheese.

What to Serve with Pesto Chicken

  • Green Salad
  • Peas
  • Green Beans
  • Rice
  • Pasta
  • Asparagus
  • Or even serve this on a roll and make it in a sandwich!

Baked Chicken topped with cheese and pesto cut on a tray

Tips When Making This Chicken Recipe:

It’s such an easy meal that packs a lot of flavor. And with such simple ingredients, you have lots of room to get creative! Here are some easy tips and substitutions:

  • You could use boneless chicken thighs as well in this recipe
  • If you prefer homemade pesto, you can absolutely use that instead of jarred.
  • If you don’t like provolone cheese, you could sub it out for mozzarella.
  • Like I said above, you can easily turn this Pesto Chicken into a Pesto Chicken Sandwich! Use your favorite sub or hoagie roll, toast it if you want and this will be a delicious hot sub!
  • If you really don’t like Pesto you could even use tomato or marinara sauce in place of the pesto, creating an easy Chicken Parm!

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Easy Pesto Chicken

  • Author: Cookies & Cups
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield Yield: serves 4-6 1x
  • Category Category: Chicken
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: Dinner

Description:

Easy Pesto Chicken is a flavor packed chicken recipe that only needs 4 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time! A great low-carb dinner idea.


Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless chicken breasts, pounded 1/2 inch (68 pieces)
  • 1 cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1 (5-6 ounce) jar pesto
  • 23 ounces sliced provolone or mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F/175°C. Lightly coat a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. Coat each chicken breast in breadcrumbs lightly and place into the prepared pan. Spread the pesto sauce on top of the chicken and then top with the sliced Provolone.
  3. Bake uncovered for 30-35 minutes until the chicken is cooked and the cheese is melted.
  4. Serve immediately over pasta or a salad.

Notes:

Store airtight in the refrigerator for up to 3 days

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jodi
jodi
March 12, 2020 6:25 pm

What an easy, delicious recipe. Huge hit with everyone in the family. And so simple. Thanks for this.

J-Mag
J-Mag
January 15, 2020 8:15 am

I like this idea. I currently make a cheesy chicken (usually bone-in thighs–take the skin off so the coating sticks to the chicken, not the skin) by mixing almond meal and Parmesan with a dash of ground black pepper, then topping with a slice of smoked Provolone. I’m thinking of trying this using the almond/Parmesan that I use for my chicken in place of breadcrumbs and seeing where it goes.

Trisha
June 29, 2015 5:46 pm

I made this last night and wow, what a hit! Easy and yum!! Thx

lori
June 10, 2015 5:51 pm

Great simple recipe, I am going to add it to my weeknight meals…I love pesto.
Thanks for sharing.

Barbara
Barbara
June 10, 2015 8:33 am

My sister emailed me this recipe over 10 years ago and we still make it all the time

Laura
June 10, 2015 3:11 am

Oh my goodness, yum! Safe to say, I’ll be trying this when I’ve moved into my new house soon.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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