Parmesan Pesto Chicken

Simple and sensational parmesan pesto chicken served over fresh summer pasta salad. This pesto chicken pasta dish is sure to be your new go-to dish this season!

Pesto Chicken with Parmesan Crust #Pesto #Chicken #Italian

Less is More. The older I get, the more often I find I stand by this motto.

I don’t want to have a closet full of clothes and shoes, just for the sake for having them. I’d rather have a few well-chosen items I can mix and match.

I don’t want my house to be full of stuff, trying to keep up with the Jones’. We are experience driven people and would rather spend our money on memory making, instead of nesting.

And I certainly don’t want to throw extra ingredients into a recipe, just for the sake of making it seem more chic or gourmet.

Simple Pesto Chicken #dinner #chicken #pesto #delallofoods

Good food does not always have to be complicated. Anyone that thinks otherwise is trying too hard, in my opinion.

Often the simple things in life provide the most satisfaction.

Easy Pesto Chicken #dinner #chicken #pesto

And that’s exactly how I feel about today’s pesto chicken. This recipe is comprised of three carefully selected ingredients: organic chicken breast, DeLallo Simply Pesto (Traditional Basil), and fresh shaved parmesan cheese.

That’s it.

Making Easy Pesto Chicken #dinner #chicken #pesto

I could have tinkered with fancy ingredients, or even made my own pesto from scratch, but this is one of those cases where more, is not more. Less is more.

DeLallo Simply Pesto is truly the only jarred pesto I buy. It is fresh and fragrant, adding huge flavor and complexity to simple weeknight meals like this.

Amazing 3 Ingredient Pesto Chicken #dinner #chicken #pesto #delallofoods

When I’m in a hurry, yet want to make something wonderful, I rub DeLallo’s traditional basil pesto over chicken breasts, sprinkle the top with shaved parmesan cheese, and bake it. The basil pesto provides rich sweet and savory flavors to the juicy chicken, and the parmesan bakes into an effortless nutty crust.

While the pesto chicken is in the oven, I have time to make the gorgeous summery italian pasta salad I shared last week.

Simple Pesto Chicken Pasta #dinner #chicken #pesto #delallofoods

The combination of the fresh cool citrus, golden tomatoes, basil and pasta, with the hot crusty pesto chicken makes the most amazing pesto chicken pasta ever!

I love this dinner duo so much. And I think you will too.

Pesto Chicken

Yield: 4 servings

Prep Time:3 minutes

Cook Time:20 minutes

5 / 5 (3 Reviews)
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  • 1 1/4 lb. boneless skinless chicken breast (2 large or 3-4 average breasts)
  • 1/4 cup DeLallo Traditional Basil Simply Pesto
  • 3 Tb. shaved parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the chicken breasts in a rimmed baking dish and pat dry with a paper towel.
  2. Scoop 1/4 cup DeLallo Simply Pesto on the chicken and rub to coat the chicken on both sides. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then top each chicken breast with shaved parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken is just cooked through. Allow the chicken to rest for at least five minutes. Then slice and serve over Italian Pasta Salad with Sweet Oranges, Basil and Golden Tomatoes.
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31 comments on “Parmesan Pesto Chicken

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  2. Annie @Maebellsposted May 16, 2014 at 2:02 pm Reply

    This looks lovely! I love quick easy meals with just a couple ingredients! I do something really similar with Roasted Red Pepper Pesto and chicken in the crock pot. Just shred it up and throw it on some noodles with some shredded Asiago!

  3. Christine @ Cooking with Cakesposted May 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm Reply

    I have a roasted corn salad that this would serve perfectly over!!!! thinking about trying out that combo tonight :)

  4. Erikaposted May 13, 2014 at 2:09 pm Reply

    Goodness . I love this.. perfect summer picnic dish..

    Rating: 5
  5. Jenny Flakeposted May 13, 2014 at 6:33 am Reply

    Perfect weeknight dinner!! Love simple meals like this :)

    Rating: 5
  6. Meredithposted May 12, 2014 at 7:34 pm Reply

    Pesto is so wonderful for brightening a dish and that salad is gorgeous!

  7. JanetFCTCposted May 12, 2014 at 5:53 pm Reply

    I am totally with you on “less is more” and I soooo want this chicken. So simple, yet actually so elegant in a way.

  8. Lori @ RecipeGirlposted May 12, 2014 at 5:22 pm Reply

    This is wonderful- added to my 3-ingredient recipes Pinterest board!

  9. Carol at Wild Goose Teaposted May 12, 2014 at 5:00 pm Reply

    I love your philosophy. A complicated recipe is fun—at times. There is not enough time is such a tired statement. I don’t even like to say it. However there are so many things I am involved in that I have filled up my time slots. BUT I still like to eat tasty food. This is such a perfect and special representation of what can be done. It’s the reminder of not focusing on the problems—not enough time—and focusing on a solution.

  10. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted May 12, 2014 at 10:37 am Reply

    This looks like a fabulous meal to whip up during the week! I adore DeLallo products!

  11. naomiposted May 12, 2014 at 12:29 pm Reply

    Love this and it’s a great weeknight meal!

    Rating: 5
  12. Wandaposted May 12, 2014 at 10:05 am Reply

    Bake only 15-20 minutes??? Is that a typo? I don’t think I would trust a large chicken breast to be cooked completely in that period of time. The recipe sounds yummy except for the short cooking time.

    • Sommerposted May 12, 2014 at 10:28 am Reply

      Hey Wanda, with the temperature so high, the chicken cooks through faster (15 mins for small breasts and 20 mins for large) while still creating a nice cheesy crust. Promise!

  13. Heather Christoposted May 12, 2014 at 8:40 am Reply

    Oh, I love fast, easy and delicious meals like this- great chicken Sommer!

  14. shelly (cookies and cups)posted May 12, 2014 at 8:35 am Reply

    this looks perfect! I need to find some of that pesto in a major way!

  15. Christine from Cook the Storyposted May 12, 2014 at 8:30 am Reply

    This is GORGEOUS, Sommer!

  16. Mariaposted May 12, 2014 at 7:14 am Reply

    Love DeLallo’s pesto!

  17. marlaposted May 12, 2014 at 7:12 am Reply

    Now this is a stunning pasta salad. Love the sweet oranges in there :)

  18. Julie @ Table for Twoposted May 12, 2014 at 7:11 am Reply

    Love your philosophy that you don’t throw in an ingredient in a dish just b/c it’ll make it more chic! Love your re-use of your pasta and adding pesto chicken on top – great idea!!

  19. Elizebethposted May 12, 2014 at 7:05 am Reply

    Sometimes you just need a quick yummy recipe in your arsenal when you’re pressed for time and most of us are these days. Sounds yummy and looks pretty!

  20. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted May 12, 2014 at 6:56 am Reply

    I need to try this pesto. So many jarred pestos are so flat but I have faith in delallo! PS: Love those tomatoes!

  21. Gabyposted May 12, 2014 at 6:56 am Reply

    I love simple dishes like this, totally amazing for summer!

  22. Tieghanposted May 12, 2014 at 6:48 am Reply

    Love how quick this is for a perfect weeknight meal!

  23. BusyWorkingMamaposted May 12, 2014 at 6:44 am Reply

    Look absolutely delicious! We love pesto.

  24. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted May 12, 2014 at 6:21 am Reply

    So nice and quick, easy and tasty!

  25. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted May 12, 2014 at 4:40 am Reply

    These are my favorite meals – ones where the ingredients shine! LOVE that there is only 2 ingredients (not counting chicken, salt and pepper) and pesto and parmesan are such a YUM combo! Pinned!