Make this super simple 2-ingredient baked pesto chicken recipe tonight! You can’t go wrong with flavorful pesto and gooey melted cheese.
I love when I find easy meals that my whole family enjoys. This 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 just 3 ingredients? Yeah, that’s probably my favorite part.
Doubling The Recipe
We use just 2 chicken breasts for this baked 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 recipe.
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
I have yet to try freezing this recipe (although I do love freezer cooking), but it should work easy enough.
I would recommend preparing everything in the casserole dish, wrapping in two layers of foil, labeling, and freezing it 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.
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 cup basil pesto
- 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Grease a large casserole dish and set aside.
- Butterfly your two chicken breasts to make 4 thinner pieces of chicken.
- Spread 1/4 cup basil pesto on the bottom of your baking dish.
- Add the chicken breast into the baking dish in a single layer.
- Spread the remaining 3/4 cup basil pesto on top of the 4 pieces of chicken.
- Top the pesto slathered chicken with the shredded mozzarella cheese.
- Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.
Amount Per Serving Calories 223
This is definitely getting added to my list of favorite easy meals. I hope your family enjoys this baked pesto chicken recipe, too!