Pesto Zucchini & Chicken

Hello all! I hope you are enjoying some leftovers from Thanksgiving.  I def enjoyed some extra dessert last night 🙂
Today it is another Foodie Friday!  I am linking up once again with Farrah from Fairyburger, Annmarie from the Fit Foodie Mama, and Jess from Hello to Fit!! Our theme this week is kitchen contraptions!
I am a lover of kitchen appliances and contraptions!  I love to cook but most days I don’t have time to spend hours cooking one meal, so enter my favorite kitchen contraption!  My Cuisinart Food Processor! (Not an affiliate link, just the one I have)

I have to admit that for the longest time I was scared to make my own pesto!  I don’t know why I had it in my head that it was super complicated or hard to make!  A few weeks ago my nanny twins were asking me to make pesto, so I bit the bullet and made some.  And of course it took less than 10 min to make, and it was amazing!

Pesto Zucchini & Chicken

  • 1.5 lb chicken breasts, flattened
  • 2 zucchinis, sliced length wise
  • 1-2 roma tomatoes (optional)
  • 2 bunches of fresh basil leaves
  • 2 peeled garlic cloves
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pine nuts
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375*
  2. Place basil, garlic, pine nuts and cheese in the food processor.  Pulse till mixed well.
  3. Add the olive oil till it reaches a nice thick consistency.
  4. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Place chicken on a baking sheet.
  6. Cover each piece of chicken with a generous spoonful of pesto.
  7. Bake for 20-25 min or until the chicken is fully cooked with no pink on the inside.
  8. Place the zucchini in a baking dish.  Cover with pesto and tomatoes.
  9. Bake for 20 min or until zucchini is soft.  (longer for thicker pieces)
  10. Serve and enjoy!


Make sure you check out all the amazing ladies and their awesome recipes!!

Do you have an awesome recipe you’d love to share? Link up with us on Fridays for our weekly Foodie Friday posts! (Co-hosted by Annmarie, Farrah, Esther + Jess.)

  • Please link back to the co-hosts, and comment/share at least a couple other Foodie Friday posts! Don’t just leave your link and run away! :O
  • Please only link up recipe posts! 🙂

Have a super healthy and joy-filled day!

9 thoughts on “Pesto Zucchini & Chicken

  1. SuzLyfe

    I adore pesto, I just wish that it would be more friendly with me! But anything that involves zucchini, chicken, basil…. yummers! Happy Thanksgiving!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s