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Pesto chicken salad topped with toasted pine nuts in a clear glass container next to basil leaves and a small bowl of pesto.
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Delicious Chicken Pesto Salad Recipe

This pesto chicken salad is absolutely delicious, chock-full of healthy fats and protein, and extremely versatile and meal prep-friendly.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Lunch
Cuisine: American, Italian-Inspired
Servings: 4 Servings
Author: Cassy Joy Garcia


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 batches Roasted Garlic Pesto
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts lightly toasted, for garnish (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Lay the chicken breasts on a baking sheet, sprinkle both sides with salt, and bake for 30-40 minutes, or until the juices run clear.
  • Let the chicken cool, then cut it into ½-inch cubes. Toss the chicken with the pesto and serve either warm with more toasted pine nuts or chilled in a large leafy green.
  • Enjoy!


How to Enjoy:
  • Sandwich-style between two slices of your favorite bread
  • Wrap-style in your favorite tortilla
  • As-is, garnished with pine nuts and enjoyed with a fork
  • Alongside crackers or plantain chips
  • Over your favorite greens for an extra veggie boost


Calories: 619kcal | Carbohydrates: 23.9g | Protein: 55.8g | Fat: 34.4g | Saturated Fat: 5.3g | Cholesterol: 165.5mg | Sodium: 1509.2mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 1.1g