sheet pan pesto chicken

Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken

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Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken is an easy dinner that comes together in just a few minutes. Chicken, potatoes, and veggies roast together in a basil pesto sauce and are topped with mozzarella cheese for a tasty weeknight sheet pan meal.

Ingredients for Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken

Most of the flavor in this recipe comes from a jar of basil pesto. I absolutely love pesto because it’s packed with so much fresh flavor. Using jarred basil pesto is a great way to get some summer herbs in even if it’s not summer outside. To make this recipe, you’ll need:

  • chicken breasts
  • red potatoes
  • green beans (optional)
  • cherry tomatoes
  • olive oil
  • basil pesto
  • salt and pepper
  • mozzarella slices (optional, but very delicious. add to the chicken for the last few minutes of baking for extra cheesy goodness)
sheet pan pesto chicken

How to Make Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken

I love this sheet pan meal because it’s a full, balanced meal made on one pan. You have your protein, carbs, and veggies all in one! And that way you only have to clean one dish at the end of your meal.

Making this Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken is so incredibly simple but yields a wonderfully flavorful dish. You will love how easy it is and your family will love how great it tastes.

Prepare your baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. These are my absolute favorite baking sheets. If your pans are looking a little sad, pick up a few of these shiny new baking sheets, don’t throw them in the dishwasher and they’ll look brand new for years. I know it’s so tempting to put them in the dishwasher, but it really helps preserve the pans so much better if you don’t.

Anyway, back to the recipe. For this recipe, you’ll cut the chicken breasts in half crosswise, so that they’re thin and cook faster. Once you’ve cut the chicken, place it in a bowl along with everything else (except the cheese). Mix everything until it is coated nicely with the pesto and seasonings, and dump it all onto the sheet pan.

Bake for 25 minutes at 400 F, until the chicken is cooked through and the potatoes are soft. If you’re feeling a little extra cheesy, add some mozzarella slices on top of the chicken for the last 5 minutes of baking. Enjoy this meal and enjoy the easy clean-up too!

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Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken

Recipe by Julia Pacheco Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 lb chicken breasts

  • 1 1/2 lb red potatoes, quartered

  • 1 lb green beans

  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes

  • 2 tbsp olive oil

  • 1/2 cup basil pesto

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp pepper

  • mozzarella slices (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Spray a sheet pan with non-stick spray.
  • Slice the chicken in half horizontally. Place the chicken with the rest of the ingredients into a large bowl and stir to coat. Place on the sheet pan and spread it out evenly.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and the potatoes are fork tender. If using mozzarella slices add on top of the chicken for the last 5 minutes of baking. Enjoy!

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  1. Thanks for this recipe idea, Julia. It was super easy and very delicious!

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