Healthy Crockpot Pesto Chicken

Make this super simple crockpot pesto chicken recipe tonight! It is one of our very favorite dump and go slow cooker recipes that use just five ingredients (not including salt and pepper).

Close up of crockpot pesto chicken in a beige serving dish.

If you are looking for more tasty dump and go crockpot recipes, make sure to try Crockpot Lemon Garlic ChickenCrockpot Cajun Sausage and PotatoesCrockpot Buffalo Chicken, and Crockpot Hawaiian Chicken.

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Easy Crockpot Pesto Chicken

I love, love, love a simple crock pot recipe. You know, the ones that you throw together in the morning and completely forget about until dinner. Yes, this crockpot pesto chicken is one of those recipes.

Simply season some chicken with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning, cover it in pesto and chicken broth, and let it slow cook until the evening. Once the chicken is done cooking, shred it with two forks, top with a heaping cup of grated parmesan cheese and stir until melted.

Overhead shot of crockpot pesto chicken topped with parmesan cheese.

Can I use homemade pesto?

Yes, you can absolutely use homemade pesto in this recipe! If you are looking for a pesto recipe, try this one from Mel’s Kitchen Cafe.

What kind of chicken should I use in the crockpot?

This recipe calls for either boneless skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs. We have chicken breasts pictured (because that’s what I had on hand). However, I actually recommend using chicken thighs, if possible.  Especially if you are following a recipe that calls for very little liquid. This recipe covers the chicken in liquid, so either cut of chicken will be just fine.

Side view of pesto chicken in a beige serving dish.

Is it better to cook chicken on high or low in a crockpot?

I prefer cooking chicken on low as it is less likely to dry out. If you are in pinch, you can cook on high, just check the chicken regularly and pull it out once it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.

What to serve with crock pot pesto chicken?

Steamed rice

Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes

Fettuccine Alfredo

Roasted Broccoli with Garlic

Easy Scalloped Potatoes

Roasted Root Vegetables

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Crockpot Pesto Chicken Recipe

Make this super simple crockpot pesto chicken recipe tonight! It is one of our very favorite dump and go slow cooker recipes that use just five ingredients!

Course Main Dish Recipes
Cuisine American
Keyword crock pot pesto chicken, crockpot pesto chicken, pesto chicken recipe, slow cooker pesto chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 314 kcal
Author Aileen Clark

Ingredients

  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions

  1. Season chicken with italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
  2. Arrange chicken in side of crockpot.
    Seasoned chicken inside crockpot.
  3. Whisk together chicken broth and pesto in a small bowl.
    Pesto and chicken broth mixed together in glass measuring cup.
  4. Pour broth mixture over chicken.
    Pesto and chicken broth being poured over chicken inside a slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
    Chicken covered with pesto and chicken broth, inside of a crockpot.
  6. Remove lid and shred chicken with two forks.
    Shredded pesto chicken inside a crock pot.
  7. Sprinkle chicken with parmesan cheese and stir until melted.
    Parmesan cheese on top of a shredded pesto chicken inside a slow cooker.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

6 boneless skinless chicken thighs may be substitued for the chicken breasts. The cook time stays the same.

Nutrition Facts
Crockpot Pesto Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving (3 /4 cup pesto chicken)
Calories 314 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 720mg31%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 32g64%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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