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Baked Parmesan Pesto Chicken Breasts

These Baked Chicken Breasts are topped with prepared pesto and a good helping of parmesan cheese. They are baked until golden brown and crispy on the outside and tender and juicy on the inside. 
Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Pesto Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 400kcal


For The Chicken

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • cup prepared basil pesto sauce
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese grated

For The Balsamic Glaze

  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or greased aluminum foil. 
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper over both sides of the chicken breasts.
  • Spoon about 1 ½ tablespoons of pesto one side of each chicken breast. Then, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of parmesan cheese on top of the pesto. 
  • Place chicken in the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or browned on the top and no longer pink inside. Use a food thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken to insure it has reached a safe temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. 
  • Remove from the oven and serve drizzled with Balsamic Glaze 

To Make The Balsamic Glaze

  • Combine balsamic vinegar and brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. Stir until the sugar is fully dissolved and allow to simmer until the mixture is reduced by about ½ and has thickened-- about 8-10 minutes. Remove from heat. Store in an airtight container up to 3 weeks in the fridge.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 400kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 727mg | Potassium: 477mg | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 965IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 236mg | Iron: 1.1mg