Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe With Parmesan Cheese

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This baked pesto chicken is the easiest chicken recipe ever and so delicious! Chicken breast is slathered with pesto and shredded Parmesan cheese and baked in the oven to perfection – amazing!

Easy Baked Pesto Parmesan Chicken Recipe

This baked pesto Parmesan chicken is extra moist, soft and juicy.  This is because the Parmesan cheese creates a crust that prevents the chicken from drying out! Underneath the Parmesan crust there is super flavorful pesto and tender mouthwatering chicken – that’s a winner!

Oven Baked Chicken With Pesto And Parmesan Cheese

This is the perfect easy recipe for busy weeknights. All you need to do to make baked pesto chicken is spread the pesto on top of the chicken breasts, top with shredded Parmesan cheese and bake in the oven.  It takes 25 minutes for the chicken to bake and there is only 5 minutes of easy prep! Throw the chicken in the oven and let the oven do all the work while you relax!  This yummy pesto Parmesan chicken will be ready in 30 minutes from start to finish!

Baked Pesto Chicken With Rice

Pesto and Parmesan are my two favorite savory flavorings.  Pesto is so bright and zesty, it really makes the plain chicken breast come to life! And what doesn’t taste better sprinkled with Parmesan? If you are like me and put Parmesan on everything, you gotta check out this roasted Parmesan cauliflower – it’s amazing!

Pesto Chicken Breast Recipe

You can use any type of pesto for this recipe – homemade or store-bought.  If you never made homemade pesto, you must give it a try – it only takes 5 minutes to make in the food processor and tastes so much better than store-bought! Check out my super easy fresh basil pesto recipe – you’ll love it!

How To Make Baked Pesto Chicken


How To Make Baked Pesto & Parmesan Chicken

Step 1: Put chicken breasts on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Chicken Breasts

Step 2: Spread pesto on top of chicken.

Put a heaping tablespoon of pesto on top of each chicken breast:

Pesto On Chicken

Then spread the pesto to cover the chicken:

Spread chicken with pesto sauce

Step 3: Sprinkle the chicken breasts with shredded Parmesan cheese.

Pesto chicken sprinkled with Parmesan cheese

Step 4: Bake pesto chicken in pre-heated 400F oven for 25 minutes.

Easy Baked Pesto Chicken With Parmesan

If you like this easy baked pesto chicken with Parmesan, you will also love these recipes:

Easy Homemade Pesto – this is the best pesto ever to put on this baked chicken!

Italian Chicken Parmesan – classic baked Italian chicken Parmesan is always a hit!

Parmesan Garlic Zucchini Oven Fries – made with zucchini, that’s the healthiest fries ever!

Sweet & Spicy Baked Chicken Breasts – another awesome easy baked chicken recipe!

Baked Chicken Fried Rice Casserole – chicken fried rice in the oven, so easy!

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Baked Pesto Parmesan Chicken Recipe

This baked pesto parmesan chicken recipe is amazing! So easy to make with just 3 ingredients and so full of flavor! Slather chicken breast with pesto, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and bake to perfection! This will totally become your favorite easy weeknight dinner!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup pesto
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat the oven to 400F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper and put on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Spread the pesto on top of the chicken.
  • Sprinkle the chicken with Parmesan cheese.
  • Put the chicken in the oven and bake for 25 minutes.
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  1. I found this recipe about a month ago and I LOVE it, it’s become one of my weekly easy go to dinners. I am 22 with a 1 year old and moved into my own place 18 months ago with no idea of cooking so thank you so much for sharing and teaching me this its so quick and easy !x

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