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Easy and Healthy Chicken Pesto Recipe

This Healthy Chicken Pesto Recipe is easy to make in 30 minutes and has the most amazing flavor!! Serve it with or without pasta for a tasty weeknight meal.

A healthy chicken pesto recipe on a baking pan [1]

Easy and Healthy Chicken Pesto Recipe

Ok, here’s a perfectly simple dinner that also makes great leftovers. This Healthy Chicken Pesto Recipe is ready in about 30 minutes and is so easy to whip together!  You can certainly serve it over pasta, but this low-carb option is good all on its own.

Related: Basil Pesto Pasta [2], Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas [3]

You can even use this recipe to meal prep for the week by cooking a batch and portioning it out in whatever serving size you want. 

For the Pesto

You can either make your own, or use a jarred variety.  Either works great and gives it DELICIOUS flavor!!

What is pesto sauce made out of? Good question. Pesto is a traditional Italian recipe consisting of garlic, pine nuts, coarse salt, basil leaves, Parmigiano-Reggiano or Pecorino, all blended with a good quality olive oil. 

To make your own, take the following ingredients and blend them in a food processor:

  1. Pulse the basil and pine nuts first.
  2. Then, add the parmesan and garlic and pulse.
  3. Now, drizzle in the olive oil while the food processor is going.  Once finished season with salt and pepper.

Step by Step Instructions to Make One Pan Chicken Pesto

Sheet pan [3] or one pan meals are the way to go and when they have this much flavor, you can put on your meal plan [4] week after week and never get tired of it!

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400 F.  Then, place cut chicken, tomatoes, broccoli, and zucchini in a large bowl and toss with pesto.  

COOKING TIP:  No worries if these aren’t your favorite veggies.  Substitute with ones that will cook at a similar rate.  We’re thinking mushrooms or cauliflower.

Chicken, broccoli, tomatoes and zucchini in a bowl. [5]

Step 3

Place on large sheet pan and spread out for even cooking.

Chicken, broccoli, tomatoes, and zucchini on a baking pan. [6]

Step 3

Now, bake in oven for 15-20 minutes. If desired top with Parmesan cheese during the last 5 minutes of baking.

Cooked chicken pesto on a sheet pan. [7]

Remove from oven and serve or let cool and put in containers for meals throughout the week.  Keeps in the fridge up to 5 days.

Tips for Making Healthy Chicken Pesto

Serving Suggestions for Chicken Pesto

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A healthy chicken pesto recipe on a baking pan

Healthy Pesto Chicken Recipe

This Healthy Chicken Pesto Recipe is easy to make in 30 minutes and has the most amazing flavor!! Serve it with or without pasta for a tasty weeknight meal.
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
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Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 313kcal
Author: Erin Henry [16]

Ingredients

  • chicken breasts (cut in small chunks)
  • package Cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2  head broccoli (cut into florets)
  • zucchini (cut thickly)
  • 1/4 cup tablespoons pesto (store bought or homemade)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 Place chicken, tomatoes, broccoli, and zucchini in a large bowl and toss with pesto. Place on large sheet pan and spread out for even cooking.
  • Bake in oven for 15-20 minutes. If desired top with Parmesan cheese during the last 5 minutes of baking.
  • Keeps in fridge up to 5 days

Notes

Cooking Notes:
  • Make sure you cut your chicken into bite-sized pieces to make sure they cook at the same rate as the veggies. 
  • Chicken is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 F. 
  • This recipe is great for meal prepping.  Just make a batch and eat it throughout the week. 
Nutritional information is approximate and was calculated using a recipe nutrition label generator.
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Nutrition

Calories: 313kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 471mg | Potassium: 1004mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1005IU | Vitamin C: 79.5mg | Calcium: 151mg | Iron: 1.5mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mediterranean
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