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).
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.
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.
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?
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- 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
- Season chicken with italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.
- Arrange chicken in side of crockpot.
- Whisk together chicken broth and pesto in a small bowl.
- Pour broth mixture over chicken.
- Cover and cook on low for 6 hours.
- Remove lid and shred chicken with two forks.
- Sprinkle chicken with parmesan cheese and stir until melted.
- Serve and enjoy!
6 boneless skinless chicken thighs may be substitued for the chicken breasts. The cook time stays the same.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 3/4 cup pesto chicken
Amount Per Serving Calories 314Total Fat 19gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 14gCholesterol 85mgSodium 720mgCarbohydrates 3gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 32g
Nutrition information is an estimate.