How To Make Baked Pesto Chicken


   Baked Pesto Chicken is a dish made by coating chicken breast in basil pesto sauce, then baking it in the oven until fully cooked. This dish is known for its combination of fresh, herby pesto with tender, juicy chicken, resulting in a delicious and satisfying meal.

How To Make Baked Pesto Chicken

What type of store-bought pesto do you recommend?

I'm just a language model; I don't have any personal insights or stories to share. However, I can suggest looking for store-bought pesto that has high-quality ingredients, such as fresh basil leaves, high-quality olive oil, and good-quality parmesan cheese. Additionally, it is often recommended to choose a pesto that does not contain preservatives or artificial ingredients. You could also consider trying different brands and varieties to find the one that you like best.

Can I use homemade basil pesto?

You can certainly use homemade basil pesto. Making pesto at home allows you to control the quality of ingredients and adjust the flavor to your preference. Homemade basil pesto can be made with fresh basil leaves, garlic, pine nuts, parmesan cheese, olive oil, and salt. Simply blend these ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth, then store them in the refrigerator or freezer until ready to use.

There can be several reasons why your chicken took longer to cook than expected:

Improper thawing: If the chicken was not fully thawed before cooking, it will take longer to cook and may not cook evenly.

Incorrect oven temperature: If the oven temperature is too low, it will take longer for the chicken to cook.

Chicken size: Larger chicken pieces will take longer to cook than smaller pieces.

Dark meat vs. white meat: Dark meat, such as drumsticks and thighs, takes longer to cook than white meat, such as breasts.

Altitude: Cooking time can be affected by altitude, as air pressure and temperature change at higher elevations.

Oven variability: Different ovens may cook at different temperatures, even if they are set to the same temperature.

Starting temperature of chicken: If the chicken was not at room temperature before cooking, it will take longer to cook.

It's best to use a meat thermometer to determine if the chicken is fully cooked, rather than relying solely on cooking time. When the internal temperature of chicken hits 165°F, it is thoroughly cooked.

How To Make Baked Pesto Chicken

There are a few reasons why cooking liquid accumulates at the bottom of a baking dish:

Overcooking: If food is cooked for too long, it can release excess moisture and create a pool of liquid in the dish.

Covering the dish: If the baking dish is covered during cooking, this can trap steam and cause the food to release additional moisture.

Type of food: Some foods, such as vegetables, naturally release moisture as they cook, which can contribute to the accumulation of liquid in the dish.

Type of dish: The material and shape of the baking dish can also play a role. For example, a dish with a flat bottom and high sides may retain more liquid than a dish with sloped sides.

If you are experiencing this issue, you can try draining off the excess liquid or roasting the dish uncovered to help reduce the amount of liquid in the bottom of the dish.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs

How To Make Baked Pesto Chicken


Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).

On both sides, season the funk guts with a swab and pepper. On a small plate, combine the chuck motes and the grated Parmesan rubbish.

Spread a generous amount of pesto on each chicken breast.

Coat each pesto-covered chicken breast in the breadcrumb mixture, pressing the breadcrumbs into the pesto to ensure they stick.

Put the chicken breasts in a baking dish after being coated.

Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C) and the breading is golden brown.

Serve hot with additional grated Parmesan cheese and fresh basil, if desired. Enjoy!