Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is a great dish that I usually serve when I have company. You can use any type of pesto but I prefer Sun Dried Tomato pesto, I have not tried any other kind. It gets rave reviews from my friends.


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Blend pesto, walnuts, 2 Tbs lemon juice, 1 Tbs lemon peel (optional) in food processor until just combined.
  3. Place chicken in pan and coat with full mixture then drizzle with the olive oil.
  4. Bake 30-45 minutes.
  5. This can be served over rice or pasta if desired.
Most Helpful

5 5

I forgot to give it ***5** Starz..
Yes Thanks Ranea....!!

4 5

This was pretty good, however while baking most of the pesto melted off the chicken and burned in the dish. Also I am not sure why the ingredients list calls for 4 T. of lemon juice and the directions only mention 2 T.? I put the full 4 in before I noticed the change below and maybe it was part of the reason why it was thin enough that most melted off? Anyway it did have a nice flavor to it. We have had a similar chicken before, but the walnuts were a great addition.

5 5

I used homemade sun-dried tomato pesto (which actually was a by-product of a salad dressing I tried) and it worked beautifully. I may have got the crust a little crisper than I should have, :oops: but the chicken was still very moist and flavorful. I will make this again as it was totally quick, easy, and looked like a lot more trouble than it was. Thanks for posting Renea!