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Pesto Chicken Recipe

Tender and juicy chicken breast cooked in a creamy pesto sauce with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Diet Low Fat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
marinade 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 254kcal
Author Rena


  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp basil pesto or homemade
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes


  • 1 tbsp gluten-free flour
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tbsp basil pesto or homemade
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Optional to garnish:

  • Freshly shaved parmesan for garnish
  • Fresh basil leaves


  • Place chicken breast in a Ziploc bag. Add in 2 tablespoons basil pesto, salt, and pepper. Seal the bag and gently move the breasts through the bag to get them all nicely coated.
  • Allow the chicken to marinated for at least 1 hour or overnight.
  • Heat the oil in a large nonstick skillet. Add marinated chicken and cook for about 5 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk all sauce ingredients until well combined.
  • Pour this sauce over the chicken into the pan, and add in the cherry tomatoes.
  • Simmer for 5-6 minutes over medium-low heat, until the sauce thickens and the tomatoes burst.
  • Garnish with parmesan cheese and fresh basil if desired and enjoy!


  • The serving size is one chicken breast 
  • Without marinating time, you need only 30 minutes to make this chicken recipe. You may marinate for a shorter time or marinate the night before.
  • Do not overcook the chicken to prevent it from drying
  • You may use another protein like shrimp or salmon
  • Almond milk can be replaced with any other milk
  • Use any oil of choice
  • Consider adding in your favorite veggies like broccoli or asparagus 
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 4 days 
  • You may use boneless chicken thighs if you like.


Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 251mg | Potassium: 593mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 591IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 111mg | Iron: 1mg