Quick and Easy Pesto Chicken is definitely one recipe that you will want to add to your list of “go-to” easy, healthy, quick and delicious chicken dishes. Tender, juicy chicken, covered with layers of pesto, sliced tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese… Yum! What’s not to love?
We probably have chicken in some form at least 2-3 times a week, and if you are like me, you are always on the lookout for new ways to prepare it. Well, Quick & Easy Pesto Chicken certainly checks all of the boxes; quick and easy preparation, not too many ingredients, healthy, and delicious! Plus, it makes a wonderful weekend night dinner for your family when you are pressed for time, but it is also is nice enough to serve to guests.
I make this all the time for my family and have served it to friends several times now, and everyone loves it. And, did I mention how easy and quick it is? You can prepare everything ahead of time, and then just pop it in the oven when your guests arrive. No standing over a hot stove and babysitting a dish. You can relax and enjoy your guests, while Quick and Easy Pesto Chicken bakes.
If you like this recipe, check out these other quick and easy chicken entrées: Tropical Chicken Curry, Bacon, Mushroom and Thyme Chicken, and Lemon Chicken. Need more ideas, check out all of my chicken entrées here.
There is a short list of ingredients for Quick and Easy Pesto Chicken: refrigerated or jarred pesto, boneless skinless chicken breasts, Roma tomatoes, grated or sliced mozzarella cheese, and kosher salt and pepper.
To begin making Quick and Easy Pesto Chicken, gather your ingredients and preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup and spray lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Place 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts on the foil and season with salt and pepper.
Top the chicken with a generous amount of pesto and make sure all surface areas are covered.
Add grated mozzarella or mozzarella slices on top making sure you have completely covered the chicken.
Top with 2-3 slices each of tomatoes.
Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20-30 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165 degrees. I have listed a wide range in cooking times because of the wide range in the thickness of chicken breasts. The thicker the chicken breast, the longer it will take to cook. I usually buy 2 whole breasts and then slice them in half horizontally to get 4 breasts that are about 1/2 inch thick. Chicken breasts that are about 1/2 inch thick usually take about 20-25 minutes to cook. Start checking the breasts to see if they are done at 20 minutes and check every 5 minutes after that. If you overcook the breasts, they will be dry and tough!