Pesto Chicken and Potatoes – One Sheet Pan Dinner

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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 servings
4.7 — Votes 6 votes

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This pesto chicken sheet pan dinner is the perfect weeknight meal! Chicken is marinated in a flavorful spinach pesto and baked alongside red potatoes for a healthy dinner the whole family will love.

Pesto Chicken Potato sheet pan dinner

What is so special about Pesto Baked Chicken?

This sheet pan dinner may look ordinary, but let me assure you, it is anything but! The delicious, nutrient-dense pesto brings the chicken thighs and red potatoes to life. This dinner is flavorful, well balanced, and really, really easy to pull together.

What does Chicken Pesto taste like?

Pesto is bright, herb-y, and salty (it’s actually one of my VERY favorite flavor boosters). When the chicken is coated in the pesto, it takes on all of those flavors and (because the petso has a good amount of oil in it) also gets really nice and crisp.  

Homemade Pesto

The star of this pesto chicken sheet pan dinner is a winter-friendly and hidden-veggie-filled spinach pesto! We normally think pesto in the summer because basil is the main ingredient, BUT did you know you can actually replace the basil with an equal amount of spinach (or even arugula, kale, or another herb like cilantro) and end up with a pesto that’s just as tasty, and even more nutrient-dense? It’s true!

What can I add to pesto to make it better?

I’m going to say something really bold …are you ready? This pesto is absolutely delicious on its own and needs no extras!

Store Bought Pesto for Pesto Chicken

If you’re short on time (or just don’t want to take on the task of making your own pesto), feel free to use store-bought. When shopping for store-bought pesto, you’ll want to look for one that has pretty pure, simple ingredients (think: herbs, pine nuts, parmesan, oil, and salt).

Can you use pesto straight from the jar?

You can absolutely use pesto straight from the jar! There isn’t anything raw in pesto, so there’s no reason to cook it before sneaking a little taste!

Chicken Pesto Recipe Ingredients

For the Spinach Pesto

  • 3 packed cups of fresh spinach
  • ½ cup of raw walnut halves
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • ½ teaspoon of garlic powder
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • ½ cup of extra-virgin olive oil

For the Sheet Pan Dinner

  • 1 ½ pounds of boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 ½ pounds of red potatoes, cut into ½-inch cubes 
  • 1 tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 ¾ teaspoons of coarse sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon of black pepper

How to Make Baked Chicken Pesto

  1. Prep – preheat the oven to 375°F, and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Season and bake the potatoes – place the potatoes on the baking sheet and toss them with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, ¾ teaspoon coarse sea salt, and black pepper. Spread the potatoes across the pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  3. Make the pesto – while the potatoes are cooking, make the pesto. Add the spinach, walnuts, Parmesan, garlic powder, salt, and pepper to a food  processor, and pulse until the mixture is a coarse, sandlike texture. Then, add the lemon juice to the food processor, turn it to high speed, and slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Keep the food processor running for an additional minute, until the pesto is nice and smooth.
  4. Coat the chicken in pesto – coat the chicken thighs with a ⅓ cup of pesto and 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt.
  5. Add the chicken to the pan and bake – remove the potatoes from the oven, and add the chicken to the pan. Bake the potatoes and chicken together for 25 minutes, until the potatoes are easily pierced with a fork and the chicken is fully cooked through.
  6. Serve and enjoy – remove from the oven, serve with additional pesto, and enjoy!

What to Add to Pesto Chicken and Potatoes

Because this is a full meal all on its own, you don’t actually *need* to add any sort of extra side. If you’re looking for a green veggie add, though, roasted green beans would be delicious!

How to Serve Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken and Veggies

Plate the chicken and potatoes together next to the rest of the pesto (for dipping). Simple and delicious!

pesto chicken sheet pan dinner

How to Store and Reheat Chicken with Pesto

Store your leftover pesto chicken thighs and potatoes in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Stored this way, it’ll last for up to 5 days.

Can I freeze this pesto chicken recipe?

I actually don’t recommend freezing your chicken and potatoes. Potatoes tend to get watery and lose a lot of their creamy texture when frozen. This meal is best eaten the day its made (or within about a week of storing).

Meal Prepping One Pan Pesto Chicken

This pesto chicken and potato bake is a really great one to meal prep! Go ahead and bake it all the way through, then package it in lunch (or dinner) sized portions. To reheat, simply pop it in the microwave (a skillet or oven will work too) until warmed through.

pesto chicken sheet pan dinner
Q What goes with pesto that isn’t pasta?
A

… CHICKEN AND POTATOES! Aside from that, though, pesto is really delicious on veggies (roasted pesto broccoli would be delish), bread, or as a topping on a lunch bowl or your morning scrambled eggs!

Q What is the best way to eat pesto?
A

There’s never a bad way to eat pesto in my opinion. If you’re new to the flavors, this is a really great recipe to start with, though!

Q Can you cook with pesto?
A

You can absolutely cook with pesto! That’s exactly what we’re doing for this recipe, and I think it’s pretty clear that the results speak for themselves!

Q Can you use pesto without cooking?
A

Yes! You can definitely use pesto without cooking. My mom used to make this really delicious cold pesto pasta dish (almost like a pasta salad) that combined cold, cubed chicken, pasta, pesto, cherry tomatoes, and parmesan cheese. It’s one of my very favorite pasta dishes to this day!

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Baked Chicken Pesto and Potatoes

By: Cassy Joy Garcia
4.7 — Votes 6 votes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Chicken is marinated in a flavorful spinach pesto and baked alongside red potatoes for a healthy dinner the whole family will love!

Ingredients  

For the Spinach Pesto:

For the Sheet Pan Dinner:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 1 1/2 pounds red potatoes
  • 1 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper divided

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 375 F.
  • Clean the potatoes then cut into 1/2 inch cubes. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper, then place the potatoes on the baking sheet and toss with olive oil, 3/4 teaspoon coarse sea salt, and black pepper. Spread the potatoes across the pan and bake for 20 minutes.
  • While the potatoes are cooking, make the pesto. Place the spinach, walnuts, Parmesan, garlic powder, salt, and pepper in a food  processor. Pulse until the mixture has a coarse, sandlike texture. Then, add the lemon juice to food processor, then turn it to high speed and slowly drizzle  in the olive oil. Keep the food processor running for an additional minute, until a  smooth consistency is achieved.
  • Coat the chicken with 1/3 cup pesto and 1 teaspoon coarse sea salt.
  • Remove the potatoes from the oven, then add the chicken to the pan. Bake for 25 minutes, until potatoes are easily pierced with a fork and chicken is fully cooked through. Remove from oven and serve with additional pesto.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Baked Chicken Pesto and Potatoes
Amount per Serving
Calories
736
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
48
g
74
%
Saturated Fat
 
8
g
50
%
Trans Fat
 
0.02
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
11
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
26
g
Cholesterol
 
117
mg
39
%
Sodium
 
1465
mg
64
%
Potassium
 
1621
mg
46
%
Carbohydrates
 
31
g
10
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
3
g
3
%
Protein
 
47
g
94
%
Vitamin A
 
2275
IU
46
%
Vitamin C
 
26
mg
32
%
Calcium
 
213
mg
21
%
Iron
 
3
mg
17
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe Notes

  • You can substitute an equal amount of arugula or kale for the spinach in this recipe.
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  1. Kristen says

    Kristen —  02/17/2019 At 19:46

    I haven’t made this whole recipe yet, but I did use your spinach pesto last week with zucchini noodles — it turned out great! I love the flexibility of using something else when I can’t get basil. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Alex says

    Alex —  09/13/2019 At 13:25

    Hi! Just leaving a comment to let y’all know that potatoes are nightshades! So actually this isn’t a nightshade free recipe, even though it’s tagged as one.

    • Jess Gaertner says

      Jess Gaertner —  09/19/2019 At 16:04

      Thank you Alex! Edited 🙂

  3. Kelly LeSage says

    Kelly LeSage —  12/10/2019 At 15:44

    5 stars
    This is the most delicious pesto ever! I was just eating it by the spoonful!!

  4. Elise says

    Elise —  07/23/2020 At 16:35

    What are the nutrition facts for this recipe?

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  07/24/2020 At 09:38

      Just added them to the recipe card, Elise!

    • Elise says

      Elise —  07/26/2020 At 13:30

      Thank you so much Brandi! I just made it the other night when I had some guests coming over and it was so delicious!!! Everyone loved it!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  07/27/2020 At 08:57

      Wahoo!! So glad to hear that, Elise!!

  5. Leigh Provost says

    Leigh Provost —  04/09/2021 At 11:34

    Any recommendations on subbing walnuts for a nut free option? (Sunflower seeds or pepitas maybe?) I know pesto typically has nuts but looking for an option for our nut-free fam!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  04/09/2021 At 12:05

      Sunflower seeds would work, Leigh! Enjoy!

  6. Sarah H says

    Sarah H —  08/15/2021 At 17:12

    5 stars
    Huge hit with the family! The chicken was so flavorful and everything cooked perfectly. Served it with corn on the cob.

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  08/16/2021 At 08:21

      So glad to hear that, Sarah! Thank you for sharing this with us!

  7. Kristen G says

    Kristen G —  09/03/2021 At 18:35

    5 stars
    Made this last night but with jarred pesto I needed to use up. So easy and quick to throw together! Great use for pesto and the chicken thighs only took 20 minutes in my oven!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  09/06/2021 At 12:22

      Tasty and quick is always a win!

  8. Heather says

    Heather —  10/29/2021 At 10:16

    I’m wondering if you have a low carb/non-potato recommendation. My husband has type 2 diabetes and has to avoid potatoes. Thanks!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  10/29/2021 At 15:12

      Cauliflower florets would be yummy here, Heather!

  9. Barb says

    Barb —  11/03/2021 At 19:35

    5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Next time I will leave one chicken without the pesto for a picky eater but overall delicious!

    • Brandi Schilhab says

      Brandi Schilhab —  11/04/2021 At 14:21

      I’m so glad you loved it, Barb! Anything with pesto gets my approval!!