Baked Pesto Chicken

Baked Pesto Chicken
Makes:
4
Prep Time:
5
minutes
Total Time:
30
minutes
based on 43 reviews
32
This elegant and classic presentation of Baked Pesto Chicken is excellent for entertaining or other special occasions. Easy and tasty too!

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Ingredients:

  • 4 (about 1 1/4 pounds total) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup BUITONI Refrigerated All Natural Pesto with Basil
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced (optional)
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

Directions:

PREHEAT oven to 400° 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 to 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove from oven; top with tomatoes and cheese. Bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.


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Teala from Mesa, AZ

I just tried out this recipe last night. It was really good. I did make a couple changes to it, though. To the pesto, I added shredded romano cheese and some bread crumbs. The pesto came out crunchy. It was really great and it's so easy to make!

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    Loved It

    Nichole Halpin from Alpharetta, GA

    The kids ate this meal several days in a row, asking to have it again until I ran out. My husband was skeptical at first but love it, too. Super easy!

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    A keeper

    Lisa Katzmire from Newark, DE

    Our family loves this dish and my husband is a picky eater. He thinks a lot of chicken dishes are dull, but not this one. Nice and flavorful, easy to prepare and good for you.

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    Awesome!

    Ashleigh from Michigan

    I love this recipe. I make it all the time!

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    Can't taste the pesto

    Shannon from Atlanta, GA

    The chicken came out very moist and the dish was very good overall. However, this recipe won't satisfy a pesto craving.

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    Easy and kids loved it!!!!

    Allison Gramentine from Midland, Texas

    So easy, no mess, quick prep and incredible response from two little girls that do not like to try anything NEW!!

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    Simply delicious

    Lori Price from Huntington Beach, CA

    Very simple and delicious, great if you come home late from work. The only thing I'd add is a little salt and pepper.

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    Quick and Easy

    Erin Hackney from Burke, Va

    This recipe is really easy. Anything I can take out of my fridge and takes me only a few minutes to prep is excellent. It taste really good too. My two year old even ate it!

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    very simple and delicious

    Danielle A. from Brick, NJ

    I really like the Buitoni pesto, and find it very versatile. I use it in my grilled cheese sandwiches (with sundried tomatoes), and I love the way it pairs with the chicken in this recipe.

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    Excellent, quick recipe

    Zoe from San Diego, CA

    I prepare this for my friends and always get rave reviews. It is quick, easy, and most importantly, delicious!

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    Great tasting meal maker

    Janice Durham from Smyrna, TN

    I served this for lunch to my husband and myself. We both really enjoyed it. I will make one Sunday for our married children and our grandchildren. Excellent!!!

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    Delicious!!

    Kim Zona from OH

    This was a great meal!! The basil pasto, tomatoes and cheese had such a great flavor.

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    Easy quick and good!

    Pat from Pullman, Wa

    Fantastic! I throw on a few sliced black olives for color, wrap in foil and cook on the grill--I put the cheese on about 5 minutes before serving with crusty bread, salad and white wine.

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    delicious

    Teala from Mesa, AZ

    I just tried out this recipe last night. It was really good. I did make a couple changes to it, though. To the pesto, I added shredded romano cheese and some bread crumbs. The pesto came out crunchy. It was really great and it's so easy to make!

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    It's a keeper!!

    nancy from Ogden, Utah

    Oh my gosh! This is an easy and oh so good meal. My husband could not get enough. I served it with Buitoni cheese ravioli with Buitoni alfredo sauce, along with a green salad and it was a quick delicious meal that I will make over and over now. Thank you!

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    Perfect

    Janet from

    This recipe is absolutely wonderful. It is a permanent member of our cooking repetoire. We never get tired of it! It's so easy and the flavors are terrific. I recommend it to friends regularly.

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    Good chicken recipe

    Kim from Lodi, CA

    This recipe was super easy to make and it was really good. My daughter liked it too :) I will make this chicken again.

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    Very Good

    Mary Hatton from

    This dish was very good and very easy my husband and I both gave it 5 stars. We will make this again.

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    Totaly cheesy Chicken

    Brenda from Sparta, WI

    I loved this recipe as soon as I found it. I went right out and got the things to make it. I cooked it for dinner, while my husband was out hunting. When he came in he said "WOW, It smells great in here." Needless to say it was a big huge hit. He also said it is worth making again soon. Great flavor in this one!

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    WOW!

    Charie from Gary, Indiana

    I made this for my family and then made it at work. This is a easy, quick, and delicious recipe for everyone. Tastes great without the tomatoes too!

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    This is a winner...

    Angela from Greensboro, NC

    This tastes wonderful! Our dinner guests, as well as my family of six devoured this chicken. I had feared that the "green" chicken would weird the children out, but not so, they asked for seconds. Our guest's wife insisted on having me give her this "outstanding" recipe. I added the tomatoes and cheese before cooking, rather than for the last few minutes, and the cheese and tomatoes did not dry out. (Kept the oven set to 350.) I believe the cheese kept the chicken moist and juicy.

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    simple and tasty

    Michelle from

    As a single college student, this recipe was great! It was quick and VERY easy to make. The result was delicious, a no brainer!!

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    Delicious and EASY!

    Peggy from Kingston PA

    I used thin-sliced chicken breasts and reduced the baking time by 5 minutes. Do not omit the plum tomato slices - they make a nice presentation and taste great too!

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    wonderful!!!

    suzy from mill valley, ca

    Found the recipe while trying to figure what to make for dinner. My 11 y/o son helped prepare this dish by putting the ckn. in a baggie with dollops of pesto & squished it around. This made clean up a cinch. My son loved it, as did my 18 mo. old and my hubby. This will definitely be a do again! I used Pesto sauce from Classico which was just as tasty!

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    Great!

    Christy from Pensacola

    Awesome chicken recipe =) I loved it and even my 6 year old daughter enjoyed it!

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    Yum! Way to make chicken moist!

    Deb from

    I was pleasantly surprised by how yummy this recipe was! My husband and I loved it, though my son (age 3) was a little put off by the green appearance for the chicken. I served it over angel hair pasta and dribbled the pan drippings of pesto and chicken over the noodles for a great meal!

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    Mouth Watering

    Lisa Grandshaw from

    When I first saw the recipe I knew I had to try it. Well as I was cooking it for my boyfriend and I he was not so sure about it. Instead we both found that we really enjoyed it, He even went back for seconds. I have since passed the recipe on to friends and have recieved raving compliments!

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    Texas Wife

    kari hoag from bedford, texas

    Everyone in my family loved this recipe, it took maybe 30 minutes total to complete with pasta and marinara sauce. My husband is not the type to try new things unless it is at a restaurant be he wants this at least once a week.

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    pesto chicken

    heather from richmond, bc

    I've done this recipe before, another great way to use it is to cube up the chicken before baking and use it for homemade pizza. My favorite is to use the cooked pesto chicken, put onto a torilla shell, add other toppings (onion, mushroom, cheese, etc.) and bake for about 5-10min in the oven. No need for sauce because the chicken is really moist, plus the "crust" would get soggy. I'd rather make my pizza this way than get delivery!!!

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    Good with pasta.

    Laura from

    I wanted to make a pasta dish, so instead of baking this recipe, I sliced all the ingrediants and threw them into a stir-fry pan (I put in the cheese last, melted on top). I served it on linguine with alfredo, and I thought it was pretty good.

  •  Star(s)

    A Must Try

    Cheryl Lee from Grand Prairie, TX.

    I made this dish last night with skinless chicken thighs. I was very pleased with the results. Not only was the dish easy to make, it was delicious. I only added a sprinkle of black and red pepper to the pesto covered chicken, before baking. I served creamed spinach, and garlic bread with the pesto chicken. After working and doing laundry before cooking dinner, this was a great easy to make meal.

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    WONDERFUL MEAL FOR ENTERTAINING!

    Kristina from Peoria Illinois

    I made this meal twice, once when my mother and step father were coming over for dinner, and then when my soon to be inlaws came over for dinner. Both of them LOVED it and was very impressed. My fiance BEGGED me to make this dish becuase it was something different. He says "will you make the green chicken for dinner tonight" So much flavor, yum yum yum. I put tomatos and mushrooms on top and smother in parmesan and mozzerella. Very good on top of linguini! It gets a five for easy, yummy, and eye appeal. Its a MUST TRY!

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    Great Meal!!

    Heather from

    This is great. I marinated mine overnight and it was wonderful! The kids loved it too. The next day I took the leftover chicken and cut it up, put it in a tortilla with some lettuce, tomato, and ranch dressing. This is a awesome next day lunch!!

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    FABULOUS!!!!!

    Jill Hines from Nashville, TN

    This is wonderful! It is sooo easy to make, and every time I make it for company, they are so impressed! I always have people going back for more! This has quickly become one of my "signature" recipes!!! I can't say enough wonderful things about it!

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    No prep time? Cook this!!

    Allison from tx

    This was an excellent, super-fast recipe that my husband and I both enjoyed tremendously. I added parmesan, also, as suggested in a previous review.

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    mmm mmm good!

    Tiniest Faith from San Antonio, TX

    I chopped the chicken into cubes to marinate and distribute the pesto into every bite and then baked. Served over pasta with the tomatoes. Excellent flavor and great eye appeal!

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    FAST , EASY , EXCELLENT

    LISA from NY ,NY

    THE TITLE SAYS IT ALL. GREAT FOR WHEN U HAVE NO TIME TO PREP AND TASTES EXCELLENT. LOTS OF FLAVOR WITH THE PESTO. MMMMMMMMMMMM

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    Green Chicken

    Bo from Cleveland,Oh

    This recipe is fast,easy to assemble and delicious.I added more chicken,used the entire tub of pesto and added freshly grated parm along with the mozarella. My little ones really loved the green chicken!

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    Green Chicken

    Bo from Cleveland,Oh

    This recipe is fast,easy to assemble and delicious.I added more chicken,used the entire tub of pesto and added freshly grated parm along with the mozarella. My little ones really loved the green chicken!

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    Excellent

    Stephanie Prenatt from Valrico, Fl.

    The baked pesto chicken was so easy to make and tasted wonderful. Next time I plan on pounding the chicken breasts to give it even more flavor.

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    Yum

    Amy Gray from Austin, TX

    My husband and I loved this. I salted and peppered the chicken before tossing with the pesto and I also substituted archichoke hearts for the tomatoes. It was great and very easy to make.

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    Easy Pesto Chicken

    Jeri Kelley from Germany

    This recipe was both good and easy to make. It didn't have as much flavor as I would've liked, but still good. I suggest basting the chicken a couple of times with olive oil during cooking to help the chicken from drying out.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 4/4 of recipe

Servings Per Recipe:

  • Calories: 370
  • Calories from Fat: 180
  • Total Fat: 20g (31% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 6g (28% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 105mg (35% of DV)
  • Sodium: 470mg (20% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 4g (1% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 1g (4% of DV)
  • Sugars: 2g
  • Protein: 42g
  • Vitamin A: 20% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 35% of DV
  • Calcium: 25% of DV
  • Iron: 10% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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Baked Pesto Chicken

Ingredients

  • 4 (about 1 1/4 pounds total) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 cup BUITONI Refrigerated All Natural Pesto with Basil
  • 2 plum tomatoes, sliced (optional)
  • 3/4 cup (3 ounces) shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Directions

PREHEAT oven to 400° 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 to 25 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Remove from oven; top with tomatoes and cheese. Bake for an additional 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

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