Grilled Pesto Chicken

$9.53 recipe / $1.19 serving

This is something I learned from Chef Jamie (Jamie if you’re out there, hey!!). Of course, we used expensive sun dried tomatoes and fresh made pesto but I had to improvise. The dish is still DELICIOUS and so much less expensive than I expected! Yay!

Grilled Pesto Chicken

Grilled Pesto Chicken

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Total Recipe cost: $9.53
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Cost per serving: $1.19
Prep time: 10 min. Cook time: 20 min. Total: 30 min.

4 medium-large boneless, skinless chicken breasts $5.75 (on sale, $2.19/lb.)
8 Tbsp pesto $0.90
4 roma tomatoes, sliced $1.17
8 oz. whole milk mozzarella $1.61
to taste salt and pepper $0.10
TOTAL $9.53

STEP 1: Trim any excess fat from the chicken breasts. Cut each chicken breast into two pieces. I cut diagonally to make each piece a diamond shape, similar to the original shape of the breast. If you have a mallet, pound out the breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap until they are 1/2 inch thick. If you do not have a mallet (I did not) then you will just have smaller, thicker chicken pieces. Although they may look small, each piece was still 4 oz. in weight which is a decent size portion (yes, i have a kitchen scale).

STEP 2: While you are trimming the chicken, preheat your counter-top grill. Salt and pepper the breast pieces. Once the grill is hot, grill the pieces for 6-7 minutes or until cooked through. I have a super small grill so I had to grill them in batches.

STEP 3: Turn your oven on to the broil setting. Line a cookie sheet with foil and spray with nonstick spray. When the breast pieces are finished grilling, place them on the prepped cookie sheet. Spread 1 Tbsp of pesto over each breast. Lay 2 or 3 slices of tomato on top of the pesto. Then top with a 1 oz. slice of mozzarella for each.

STEP 4: The chicken breasts are now ready to go under the broiler! Watch them closely while they broil and remove from the oven when the cheese has fully melted and there are a couple browned edges (approximately 5 minutes).

STEP 5: Your fancy schmancy Grilled Pesto Chicken is ready to go! I paired mine with Lemon Parsley Pasta.

NOTE: I used whole milk mozzarella here because it melts so much more nicely than a part skim mozz. I would also suggest trying fresh water mozzarella if you can find it at a decent price!


  1. Marina says:

    We have a sandwich at work similar to this. Spread sundried tomato pesto on ciabatta bread; put grilled chicken breast on top; top the chicken with fresh basil leaves, oven roasted tomatoes, and mozzarella. Foccacia bread would probably be better. I know fresh basil can be expensive. I grow mine in a windowsill box.

  2. Anonymous says:

    We made this last night for dinner and it was AMAZING!! My husband has been blown away with my cooking since I’ve been making so many of your recipes. We totally LOVED this :) We made an entire packet mix of pesto which was only $0.57 for the entire packet and made up some noodles and used that as a side it was fantastic and brought down the price of the meal. Perfect!

  3. I use Classico brand pesto ( which is usually fairly inexpensive at national chain stores. Almost every grocery store I’ve been to carries it, usually near the pasta sauces. This recipe didn’t use a whole jar (the rest can be frozen for later use) which is why only 90 cents worth is listed. This post is also about a year and a half old so the prices may have increased since… Hope you can find some less expensive pesto in your area!

  4. Hi! Where did you find such cheap pesto? Pesto around here is around $5 for a realllllly small container.

  5. My husband made this for dinner tonight. It was INCREDIBLE! Thank you for sharing; he’ll be making more of your dishes this week! :)

  6. LOVE it! This was the first recipe I tried out from your blog after finding you through Lifehacker, and I absolutely loved it! Thanks for sharing.

  7. Made this recipe last night, with the Lemon Parsley Pasta, and it was a hit! Thank you for posting it – will definitely be making this again. :)

  8. Anonymous says:

    Made this, it was delicious, had garlic bread with it.

  9. Liking this. I have a section of my blog for different recipes using BMT (Basil, Mozarella & Toms), may have to adapt and try this one, thanks

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