This easy Pesto Chicken tastes like a restaurant dish but is made at home with healthy ingredients. Make it on the grill or bake it in the oven and then serve it with pasta, rice, a big green salad, or grilled veggies.
This healthy Pesto Chicken made with fresh basil, Parmesan cheese, garlic, lemon juice, lean chicken breast, and cherry tomatoes is an easy dish that seriously packs in the flavor. For pesto lovers, add this to your list along with this Pesto Shrimp with Zucchini Noodles and Italian Pesto Chicken Bake.
Pesto chicken is one of those meals I could make weekly. We all love it and since it is such an easy dish to prep, it is something I don't mind making again and again. And don't get me started on the all the ways you can serve it. It is a really versatile recipe with so many delicious options - creamy pesto chicken pasta, pesto chicken sandwiches, rice bowls, you get the idea. Believe me, this will be one of those dishes you make again and again.
Before we dig into the recipe itself, let's talk about pesto for a minute. Every time I grocery shop, I am tempted to buy the store made pesto sauce. It's easy and doesn't involve pulling out the food processor. It's a good, quick option that works for this recipe if you are short on time.
However, make sure to always take a quick look at the ingredients. Try to find something that only contains ingredients you recognize - basil, fresh herbs, nuts, olive oil, Parmesan cheese, lemon, and spices. It can be shocking when you start looking at labels and realize the pesto is full of things you can hardly pronounce.
Usually, the best option will be in the refrigerated section. And it is important to note, that store-bought options will always contain a lot more oil. The homemade version included in the recipe is a lightened up version to keep things lower calorie and healthy. Both work great, just choose what will work best for your family and lifestyle.
Pesto is a traditional Italian sauce that is traditionally made with fresh Italian basil, garlic, pine nuts, Parmesan cheese, olive oil, salt, and pepper. It also sometimes contains an acid like lemon juice or vinegar. It is traditionally used in pasta dishes, vegetable dishes, and soups. Today many people like to make all kinds of pesto sauces by using different combinations of herbs and greens including parsley, cilantro, spinach, and even kale.
Pesto is a healthy sauce and condiment option that contains fresh herbs, nuts, and heart-healthy olive oil. However, it can be high in fat and calories since it normally contains a large amount of olive oil. The homemade version in this recipe cuts way back on the olive oil to make it lighter without losing any of the flavor.
Normally when I make this recipe, I triple the pesto recipe so I can save the extra for other recipes. Homemade pesto will keep in the fridge for 5-7 days. It can also be frozen and stored for 3-4 months.
There are so many ways you can use this pesto chicken recipe. I always make a double or triple batch because we love the leftovers so much and I can always get at least 2-3 more meals out of it.
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