Healthy Baked CHICKEN Pesto Recipe

Healthy Baked Chicken Pesto Recipe
Written by The Protein Chef

This Healthy Baked Chicken Pesto recipe is packed with protein, perfect for meal prep, low in carbs, smells AND tastes delicious, and only takes around 30 minutes to make!

Here is the recipe:

  • 3 Pounds (48 Ounces) Chicken Breast
  • 1/2 Cup (124g) Basil Pesto
  • 1/2 Cup (126g) Marinara
  • 2 Sliced Plum Tomatoes
  • 6 Tablespoons (30g) Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 Cup (56g) Reduced Fat Mozzarella Cheese

Calories in the WHOLE recipe:

  • Calories: 2154
  • Fat: 90g
  • Saturated Fat: 19g
  • Sodium: 1420mg
  • Carbs: 26g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 17g
  • Protein: 310g

Calories in each serving (if you make 6):

  • Calories: 359
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.1g
  • Sodium: 236.6mg
  • Carbs: 4.3g
  • Fiber: .5g
  • Sugar: 2.8g
  • Protein: 51.6g

Trim the fat off your Chicken Breast and cut them in half the long way. Take out a baking dish and add your Chicken Breast into it (make sure to use a dish that allows everything to fit snug). Evenly distribute your Basil Pesto, Marinara, and Sliced Plum Tomatoes on top. Cover your dish with aluminum foil and bake on 375°F/190°C for 25:00. Take your chicken out and uncover it. Top it with your Parmesan and Mozzarella Cheese. Bake uncovered for another 10:00 on 375°F/190°C. Mouthgasm!


  • If you can’t find basil pesto, make your own by processing or blending 2 Cups Basil, 4 Tablespoons (20g) Grated Parmesan Cheese, 1/4 Cup Pine Nuts, 1 Teaspoon Minced Garlic (or 2 Cloves Garlic), 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil, and 1/4 Teaspoon Salt!
  • Double or triple the recipe to last you the whole week!

About the author

The Protein Chef

Derek Howes is a personal trainer and chef with over a decade of experience in the gym and kitchen. Derek, who is also known as The Protein Chef on his blog and YouTube channel shows his viewers every week that food doesn’t need to be boring or repetitive, it’s all about balance, moderation, and having the knowledge to change things up. His recipes which have been featured in the news, magazines, and on TV are cheap, quick, AND delicious! His motto in life is “everything in moderation” and is without question the most important habit he follows.


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