Healthy Pesto Chicken Recipe – Just 4 Ingredients!

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Eating low-carb is easy with this Healthy Pesto Chicken Recipe that the entire family will love. Top chicken breasts with just 3 ingredients, bake in the oven and dinner is done!

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It’s one of those recipes that almost isn’t a recipe because it’s so easy. Layer and bake. The ingredients are more or less and the results are always spectacular. 

If you like that sort of thing, then check out Mediterranean Chicken Bake and Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken. They’re included in our Low-Carb Baked Chicken Recipes collection.

Ingredients in Healthy Chicken Pesto Recipe

If you have a jar of pesto in the refrigerator, then an easy AND tasty dinner is never far away. This ingredient is on my list of pantry staples for healthy eating.

You’ll also need:

  • Chicken Breasts – select chicken breasts that are not too thick (or pound them down just a little) so they will cook quickly.
  • Pesto Sauce – any type of sauce that you already enjoy will work. Make it fresh or check out our Amazon store for product suggestions.
  • Tomato – sliced. We often use Roma tomatoes and pile several rounds on each piece of chicken.
  • Mozzarella Cheese – shredded

Parmesan Cheese is optional except at my house!

BIG TIP: For perfect chicken every time, use a meat thermometer and cook to an internal temperature of 165°F.

Baked Pesto Chicken on a plate with arugula next to it.

Is pesto sauce healthy?

Traditional pesto is made with basil leaves, olive oil, pine nuts, garlic, and Romano or Parmesan-Reggiano cheese. Those ingredients are pretty healthy in my book! It’s lower in carbs too.

Of course, healthy depends on your personal situation. Luckily, there are many variations of pesto sauce including options like nut-free basil pesto and sun-dried tomato pesto. 

If you have some extra pesto sauce, check out Phyllo Wrapped Salmon with Pesto and Cheese, which can also be made with chicken!

What sides go well with pesto chicken?

Healthy Pesto Chicken has an Italian vibe to it. So, here are some pairings that would be wonderful:

  • Green beans
  • Zucchini 
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Risotto
  • Salad greens with an amazing dressing like this Homemade Italian Dressing by Shugary Sweets
  • Garlic bread!

How to Make Ahead and Freeze Healthy Pesto Chicken

You can assemble this recipe ahead of time and freeze it BEFORE you bake it! 

When you have all the ingredients out, assemble it in an aluminum tin or baking dish that you can freeze. Cover it up with the top or aluminum foil and plastic wrap. Label and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

When you are ready to enjoy the recipe, remove it to the refrigerator to defrost overnight and then bake according to the directions.

Healthy Chicken Pesto Recipe on plate cut in half

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Healthy Pesto Chicken Recipe - Just 4 Ingredients!

Eating low-carb is easy with this Healthy Pesto Chicken Recipe. Top chicken breasts with just 3 ingredients and bake in the oven!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 267

Ingredients

  • 20 ounces chicken breast
  • 4 Tablespoons pesto sauce
  • 1 tomato sliced
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • Parmesan cheese, optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Place chicken breast in a baking dish or on a baking sheet.
  • Top each chicken breast with 1 Tablespoon pesto sauce, 1-2 slices of tomato and 2 Tablespoons of mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, if using.
  • Bake, uncovered, for about 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Nutrition

Calories: 267kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 102mg | Sodium: 393mg | Potassium: 607mg | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 695IU | Vitamin C: 5.9mg | Calcium: 105mg | Iron: 0.8mg
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Comments

  1. SO simple but SO good! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Jennifer Farley says

    You can’t beat this! 4 ingredients and delicious!

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