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Sliced boneless chicken breasts coated with basil pesto on a white plate, topped with chopped fresh basil and tomato.
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Easy Grilled Pesto Chicken

Easy Grilled Pesto Chicken is a quick and easy recipe to make for dinner! Perfect to pair the chicken with a salad, make them into kabobs, or with any of your favorite side dishes.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword easy chicken recipe, grilled pesto chicken, pesto chicken recipe
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 100kcal
Author Eileen



Grilled Pesto Chicken

  • Preheat the grill to 425 degrees. Brush the basil pesto evenly on each chicken breast. Be sure to put pesto on both sides of chicken.
  • Reduce heat to medium, about 350 degrees, and place chicken on the grill. Cook about 5-6 minutes per side. Internal temperature of the chicken should be 165 degrees.
  • Let chicken rest about 5 minutes to let the juices settle. Slice and serve

Baked Pesto Chicken

  • Preheat the oven to 375° degrees. Coat a medium-sized casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray, set aside.
  • Brush the basil pesto evenly on each chicken breast. Be sure to put pesto on both sides of the chicken.
  • Place chicken into the prepared casserole dish.
  • Place in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes. The internal temperature of the chicken will be 165° when chicken is cooked through.
  • Serve chicken with your favorite sides, enjoy.


Note 1: Trim the chicken breasts of any excess fat.
Note 2: We use my basil pesto recipe which is easy, delicious, lower in fat, and calories as there are no nuts in this recipe. Pre-made pesto can be used. 
Note 3: Store made pesto will have more calories than my homemade basil pesto. 
  • Any nutritional data I provide is an approximation and actual dietary information can vary based on ingredients and proportion sizes.


Serving: 1cutlet | Calories: 100kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 68mg | Sodium: 90mg | Potassium: 380mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 0.4mg