Pesto Chicken

Is there anything better than recipes that are 5 ingredients or less?  I love simple foods that don’t break the bank or require me to buy every spice, oil, or sauce known to man to make.  Long before making this blog I was interested in cooking and would find recipes that looked delicious, but would immediately become a hard “NO” after scrolling to find an ingredients list as long as 12-15 items.  After busy days at work, energy levels can be pretty low come Wednesday or Thursday night, so having a quick and easy go-to recipe you can throw together is key.

I began by pre-heating my oven to 350°F and gathering my ingredients above.

On a foil-lined and greased baking sheet, I laid out the chicken breasts, patted them dry, and seasoned both sides with salt and pepper.  I chose thin-sliced chicken breasts for their quicker cooking time.

Next I spooned some pesto onto each chicken breast and then topped with cheese.  I put them in the oven for about 30 minutes until the chicken was cooked through and the cheese was melted; depending on your oven this may take anywhere from 25-35 minutes.  The great thing about this main dish is that you could steam or roast almost any vegetable to go with it, like broccoli or asparagus, or heat up one of those frozen bags of cauliflower rice I’ve seen at the store lately.  If you want to turn this into a weekend dinner, you could prepare a side of spaghetti squash or zoodles to make this a full-on Italian feast.  Its versatility will make this a staple in your home.

Pesto Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Yield: 3

Serving Size: 1



  • 5lb thin sliced chicken breasts
  • 6tblsp pesto
  • 1/2c shredded Italian cheese blend


To Taste

  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Pre-heat the oven to 350°F; line a baking sheet with foil and coat with non-stick spray.
  • Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper and place them on the baking sheet.
  • Spread 2 tablespoons of pesto on top of each chicken breast.
  • Top with shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until cooked through and cheese is melted on top.

Nutritional Information

Per serving: 407 calories, 4g total carbs, 3g net carbs, 19g fat, 59g protein (Note: Please remember these numbers are based on the brands I used and may vary slightly with other brands.)

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