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Easy Pesto Chicken

This simple &  juicy recipe comes together in a snap and is sure to be a family favorite!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Easy Pesto Chicken
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 47 minutes
Servings 8 people


  • 2 cups store bought or homemade pesto
  • 1/2 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 pounds boneless skinless chicken
  • 2 plum tomatoes sliced (optional; for cooking day only!)
  • shredded mozzarella cheese optional; for cooking day only!


  1. In large bowl whisk together pesto, vinegar and olive oil.

  2. Divide chicken into two gallon-size freezer bags (be sure to label bags first!) Divide sauce into bags over top of chicken. Freeze until needed.

  3. Thaw; Grill 5-7 minutes on one side, then turn over and grill 5-8 minutes longer. With a minute or two to go, place sliced tomato over chicken, then sprinkle with mozzarella.  Close lid and let cheese melt completely.  

  4. OR: Arrange chicken in casserole dish; place tomato slices over chicken, then sprinkle heavily with mozzarella cheese and bake at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Serve over cooked pasta.

Recipe Notes

Chicken can be cooked 10-15 minutes on the grill or 30-40 minutes in the oven.