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Baked Pesto Chicken - easy and healthy chicken dinner ideas under 30 minutes

Oven Baked Pesto Chicken

This Oven Baked Pesto Chicken is a satisfying and healthy dish that takes just 5-minutes to prepare. Made with a simple homemade pesto this Baked Chicken is tender, juicy, and full of deep flavor! That’s a super tasty low-carb dinner that you will make again and again.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Dinner, Main Course, Supper
Servings 4 servings
Calories 314 kcal


  • 3 -4 large boneless chicken breasts or ~ 1½-2 lb (I had 1.8 lb/815g)
  • ¼ cup or 55g store-bought or homemade basil pesto
  • 2-3 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Place chicken in an ovenproof baking dish. Add the pesto, lemon juice, season with salt and pepper.
  • Massage the pesto sauce evenly on each chicken breast on both sides.
  • Optional: 1. Let the chicken marinate for about 15 minutes at room temperature (while preheating your oven).
  • 2. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge if decided to marinate the chicken breast for more than 30 minutes up to overnight.
  • Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  • Bake the chicken for about 20 to 25 minutes until it’s no longer pink inside or reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest in the baking dish for 7-10 minutes (this lets the chicken absorb some of the juices).
  • Serve with pesto cooking liquid if desired and enjoy!


How Many Calories in Oven Baked Pesto Chicken
Calories (per 1 serve, 160g): 314 kcal Calories (per 100g ): 196 kcal
Fat: 18.3 g Fat: 11.2 g
Carbohydrates: 1.4 g Carbohydrates: 0.8 g
Protein: 34.5 g Protein: 21.5 g
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