Pesto Chicken

Pesto Chicken Bake

This is a go-to dinner because it's easy to make, delicious, and makes delicious leftovers. If you're tight with time, I highly suggest buying pre-made pesto. Yes, homemade pesto is absolutely delicious but making it on a weeknight is often not realistic.

Keep in mind not all pre-made pestos are created equal. Some taste much better than others. So, it may take some taste testing to find your favorite pesto.

pesto chicken recipe

Pesto Chicken Options

A few ideas on how to eat this dish:

Pesto Chicken

Pesto chicken is rich, savory and easy to make. It goes great on sandwiches, with pasta or rice and veggies.

Course dinner
Keyword chicken, Pesto
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings 4


  • 1 ½ pounds chicken tenders or 2 chicken breasts cut into tenders
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • salt sprinkling
  • pepper
  • ¼ cup pesto
  • 4 or 5 pieces of provolone cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with foil. This will make clean up much easier.
  2. Place chicken tenders on foil. Do a light sprinkling of salt and pepper on the chicken. Place a small spoonful (about 2 tsp) of pesto on each tender. Smear the pesto on top of each tender.

  3. Bake the tenders for about 25 minutes. Turn the heat to broil. Top each tender with ½ slice of provolone. Return chicken to oven and broil for about 2 minutes or until the cheese has browned a bit and is bubbly.

Recipe Notes


Serve on top of toasted sourdough bread and a spread of mayo, in pasta with oil and cheese or with rice and roasted veggies.


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