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Easy Pesto Chicken Bake
Easy Pesto Chicken Bake
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
55 mins

This easy pesto chicken bake is the perfect simple supper! It comes together quickly with loads of flavor from fresh pesto and smoked mozzarella. 

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Dinners, Easy Pesto Chicken Bake
Servings: 2
Calories: 629 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 3/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • 1/4 cup chopped hazelnuts
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated pecorino romano cheese
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried onion
  • 2 whole boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 pinches salt
  • 2 pinches freshly cracked black pepper
  • 4 thin slices smoked mozzarella
  1. First, make the pesto sauce. Combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and puree it all together until it is a thick, chunky sauce. Set it aside. Then marinate the chicken. Stir the buttermilk, dried basil and dried onion together in a bowl. Then submerge the chicken in it and make sure both sides are coated. Let the chicken sit in the marinade for 15 minutes. While the chicken is marinating, pre-heat the oven to 375 and get out a small baking dish.
  2. Remove the chicken from the marinade when it is done and let all of the excess drip off, then transfer it to the baking dish. Discard the remaining marinade. Season the chicken with a pinch of salt and pepper each, then smother each chicken breast with half of the pesto sauce. Place two slices of mozzarella on top of each chicken breast to cover them both almost completely. Bake the chicken for about 30 minutes. Then serve immediately with your favorite sides!
Nutrition Facts
Easy Pesto Chicken Bake
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 629 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 12.4g78%
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 851mg37%
Potassium 563mg16%
Carbohydrates 7.5g3%
Fiber 1.2g5%
Sugar 3.5g4%
Protein 45g90%
Calcium 240mg24%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.