Make this super simple 3-ingredient baked pesto chicken recipe tonight! You can’t go wrong with flavorful pesto and gooey melted cheese. This is on our list of favorite main dish casserole recipes!
I love when I find easy meals that my whole family enjoys. This pesto chicken bake is definitely one of those recipes! This baked chicken with pesto chicken recipe is made using just three ingredients: chicken breast, pesto, and mozzarella.
I have an ongoing love affair with foods smothered in cheese. Especially casserole recipes that I can throw in my oven and come back to the smell of pesto mozzarella goodness. Seriously, my whole house smelled amazing when I made this recipe. Also, if you haven’t tried my three cheese baked ziti recipe, you’re missing out. 😉
Using Homemade Pesto for the Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe
This recipe calls for premade pesto. If you plan to make your own pesto, this recipe will be more than 3 ingredients. Store-bought pesto is perfectly acceptable in my opinion. Pesto is easy enough to make, but having the store bought version on hand helps you save tons of time in the kitchen.
I had a big jar of pesto from Costco that I needed to use up. We had already used it in one pot pasta (a variation of this recipe for One Pot Smoked Sausage and Kale Pasta) and in many, many cheese quesadillas.
I needed something new to make with the rest of my pesto, so I made this yummy pesto chicken bake. It turned out so good, it’s definitely getting added to the rotation!
And did I mention that it’s 3 ingredient baked chicken? Yeah, that’s probably my favorite part.
How to double this baked pesto chicken recipe
We use just 2 chicken breasts for this pesto chicken recipe. My family of 5 includes 3 young kids 6 and under, so we don’t need more than that. If your family needs more than that, you can easily double this pesto chicken bake.
The easiest way to double this recipe is by using 4 or 6 chicken breasts and not butterflying them. Simply increase your bake time to 40 minutes. For 4 chicken breasts, you will not need to increase the pesto or mozzarella. For 6 chicken breasts, increase the pesto to 1 1/2 cups.
How to Freeze Baked Pesto Chicken
Prepare everything in a casserole dish, wrap in two layers of foil, labele, and freeze unbaked. Then, defrost overnight in the refrigerator prior to baking. Check the chicken after the allotted cook time and if it’s not cooked all the way through, add an extra 10 minutes.
What side dishes go with pesto chicken?
We love serving this baked chicken with pesto sauce alongside roasted vegetables. You can serve it with roasted cauliflower, honey roasted carrots, or green beans with shallots. Baked pesto chicken also tastes great with mashed potatoes or cauliflower rice.
Make this super simple 2-ingredient baked pesto chicken recipe tonight! You can't go wrong with flavorful pesto and gooey melted cheese. As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.
Serving Size 1 piece
Amount Per Serving Calories 590 Total Fat 46g Saturated Fat 14g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 29g Cholesterol 110mg Sodium 711mg Carbohydrates 6g Net Carbohydrates 0g Fiber 1g Sugar 1g Sugar Alcohols 0g Protein 38g
Make this super simple 2-ingredient baked pesto chicken recipe tonight! You can't go wrong with flavorful pesto and gooey melted cheese.
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