Pesto Chicken Recipes

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Pesto Chicken Florentine

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Extremely rich combination of chicken, spinach and creamy pesto sauce. Serve with crunchy bread and romaine salad--it's the best!

Creamy Pesto Chicken

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All the flavors of Italian pesto (fresh basil, pine nuts, Parmesan, and garlic) in a simple creamy sauce. Also works well with thinly sliced pork tenderloin. Add a splash of milk or cream for a slightly thinner sauce. Serve over rice or pasta with extra Parmesan cheese to sprinkle on top.

Chicken Pesto Paninis

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A delicious mix of chicken, pesto, veggies, and cheese all melted together on flavorful focaccia bread. Simple, fast, and very tasty - a nice change from normal sandwiches.

Pesto Chicken

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A simple way to prepare chicken that looks like you spent a lot of time preparing. It can also be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until baked. Be sure to use a good quality pesto for best results. I like to serve it with pasta, but it is also nice sliced and served on a green salad.

Bacon Wrapped Pesto Chicken

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Chicken with pesto wrapped in bacon. My husband and even my 2-year-old daughter love this chicken! Easy to make, yet tastes like you've spent hours in the kitchen. Simply delicious!

Spinach Pesto Chicken Breasts

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I came up with this while trying to get my husband to eat more veggies.

Spence's Pesto Chicken Pasta

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This is a great recipe that my boyfriend put together on a Sunday evening after a bike ride. You can't go wrong with all of the flavors in this dish!

Chicken Pesto a la Lisa

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The true family-loved pasta dinner--fast and furious with flavor.

Chicken Pesto Pizza

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Easy pizza dinner that uses chicken and pesto for a great meal. If fontina is not available at your store, just substitute mozzarella.

Teena's Spicy Pesto Chicken and Pasta

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A spicy chicken and pesto pasta dish that's easy to adjust to any heat level. I created it after eating a similar dish at a Santa Monica restaurant, and it's one of my favorites. Serve with additional grated Parmesan, if desired. As an option, it's delicious with creamy goat cheese stirred in at the end.

Colorful Chicken Pesto with Asparagus, Sun Dried Tomatoes and Peppers

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Unique and fresh, easy to make and looks gourmet. Great to serve for company. Leftovers are great hot or cold.

Gnocchi with Chicken, Pesto and Fresh Mozzarella

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Quick recipe that can be made with prepared gnocchi and pesto, plus chicken breast and fresh mozzarella. Very easy; so easy, I'm sure it borders on a non-recipe. You're really just combining ingredients. You can also experiment with adding other ingredients, like mushrooms or veggies. Anything that needs to be cooked can probably be added at the chicken stage. I did not add any onions or garlic, because the pesto I used already had both, but if your pesto does not, you can add those with the oil as well.

Inspiration and Ideas

Pesto Pasta with Chicken

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"I made this last week and my daughter is still raving about it! She took the leftovers home with her and told me it was even better the next day." – Karen J Purcell Powell

Teena's Spicy Pesto Chicken and Pasta

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"My husband and I LOVE this dish. I only use about 75% of the pasta it calls for and I add a little extra chile paste." – Angela Miller

Grilled Pesto Chicken Kabobs

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Pesto can sometimes be overpowering, but not in this recipe! Using it in a marinade adds the wonderful flavors of basil and garlic, without taking away from the natural flavors of the chicken and vegetables.