Homemade Basil Pesto Chicken


homemade basil pesto Chicken

Earlier this summer I planted a little herb garden just in a big pot. I did this last year as well and my herbs did wonderful. Well just a few weeks before planting this herb garden we got a dog. A co-worker of my husbands needed someone to take their dog because he didn’t get along with their other dogs. Well we ended up with him and he was just not working out for us either. Right after I planted my seeds in my herb garden, he dug them up. I was furious of course. I tried to save them and cover them back up. We ended up giving the dog away to a older lady in the areas. She loves him and thinks he is perfect. I am glad he worked out at someones house. Well anyways my herb garden hasn’t done well but not bad. I have had basil coming out my ears. I decided to make a homemade basil pesto to cover my chicken in for dinner. It was so delish. You gotta try this recipe!

9-10 chicken tenders

3 cups of fresh basil

1/2 cup of water

splash of lemon juice

1-2 garlic cloves, minced

1/2 cup of pine nuts

1 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese

Before this at least an hour or two before eating. Defrost the chicken tenders and set aside in a large zip lock bag. Blend together the rest of the ingredients.

homeade pesto


Take about half of the homemade pesto and dump it on top of the chicken. Seal the bag and place in the fridge until ready to cook.



Once the chicken has marinated for an hour or two it’s time to cook it. Spray a 9X13 pan with nonstick spray. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken in the pan and dump the pesto on top. Sprinkle some shredded Parmesan cheese lightly on top. Bake for about 25 minutes.

all baked



Related posts:

  • Thanks for sharing your Basil Pesto Chicken recipe with us at Snickerdoodle, Charlene. I always love finding new recipes for chicken. Pinning.

  • Pesto compliments chicken nicely. Thanks for sharing on #TastyTuesdays

  • I love this basil idea with the chicken. Keeping this tucked away for when I get back in the kitchen. Thank you for sharing your wonderful project at #OverTheMoon. I look forward to what you will share next week! Give yourself a standing ovation today!

  • CathyLynchLawdanski

    Love fresh homemade pesto. Looks like a yummy chicken dish. Thanks for sharing with #overthemoon

  • Tana Mason

    I am basil for the first time this year and this recipe looks yummy yummy! Please come on over and share this on our blog hop we have Wed-Sunday https://www.floydfamilyhomestead.com/! We would love to have you!

  • Artizenbox

    Basil is my absolute favorite ingredient!!!

  • Mrs. G

    This looks delicious! I love pesto so I’ll be trying this for sure. Thanks for sharing!

  • Latte Cuddles

    Seriously, I can put pesto on anything and it makes the dish 1000x better! I really have to start my garden soon. I want basil coming out of my ears, too! 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Charlene!

  • Aaawwww I’m glad you find a solution for the dog, Charlene. And the pesto, mmmm….can imagine adding it to pasta!

  • Arianne Plehandzic

    Healthy and delish…my kind of recipe! And adding cheese on anything is good! 🙂

  • Jessica

    This looks delicious, and so easy to make. I can’t wait to try it!

  • I love this homemade pesto recipe you used to coat the chicken! It loold yummy! Glad the dog found a home too 🙂

    • Charlene Bullinger Asay

      Johlene, Thanks for stopping by. It was so yummy and so simple to make.