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chicken topped with pesto in a baking dish

Pesto Baked Chicken

This pesto baked chicken is an easy and healthy weeknight dinner, delicious with veggies and pasta! Each chicken breast is stuffed with a basil pesto and fresh mozzarella cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bakedchicken, chickenbreasts, pesto, pestochicken
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 3 chicken breasts


  • Foil


  • 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup avocado pesto or 8 oz. jar from store
  • 1/2 cup fresh mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F. Spray an oven safe baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • Make the pesto according to the directions in my blog post or use a store bought jar.
  • Using a sharp knife, cut a horizontal slit along the thin, long edge of the chicken breast, nearly through the opposite side. Open up each chicken breast and place 2-3 Tbsp. of the pesto in the center. Sprinkle with 2-3 Tbsp. mozzarella.
  • Pinch chicken breasts closed and use toothpicks to secure. Repeat with remaining chicken breasts. Scatter the cherry tomatoes in the pan around the chicken. Pour lemon juice over the chicken, followed by the olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Cover pan with foil.
  • Bake in the oven for 45-55 minutes or until the chicken is cooked to an internal temperature of 165°F. Enjoy with side dishes of your choice (we like pasta and a veggie such as broccoli, Brussels or salad).



Will last in fridge for up to 4 days. Makes great leftovers for lunch!
Serve with pasta, zoodles, asparagus, Brussels, broccoli, salad.