This Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken is loaded with veggies and packed with delicious flavor! Best of all, it requires just 10 minutes of prep and 20 minutes in the oven….all on just one pan!
Back in the day, when making dinner was a “new” thing, I used to go ALL OUT. I’m talking main dish + multiple sides + probably a dessert. Because it was kind of fun! And I had the time. And, well, because I felt like that was the right way to do dinner.
Fast forward 4 kids and many years….and things have changed. At least a little. And even though I still love a delicious meal with lots of sides, the reality is WHO HAS TIME FOR THAT? Not this mom. I’m lucky to get dinner on the table at a reasonable time. And some nights? I’m lucky to get dinner on the table at all. And I know I’m not the only one.
So what are we to do? Seriously. Do we resort to grilled cheese and frozen pizza and Culver’s? Some nights, yes. But for all those other nights, when we want to actually make a “real” dinner but we still don’t have the time, let me introduce you to Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken.
It really is just as easy as it looks. Raw chicken, raw veggies, pesto, olive oil, pine nuts…..pop it in the oven for 20 minutes and voila. Dinner, with sides, is served! This Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken can be prepped in advance by cutting the chicken and chopping the veggies, and it works well as leftovers, too. I love the pop of flavor from the pesto, and I LOVE the fact that the veggies help keep the chicken moist. The end result is nothing short of a dinner miracle. No lie.
And here’s the deal. If your kids don’t like the veggies I used, you can feel free to swap them out for their favorites. And if they don’t like pesto? Well, that needs to change. Plain and simple. Because Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken is DELICIOUS! And definitely the “right” way to do dinner….if there is such a thing. (I hope your family loves it as much as we do!)
Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken
- 1 1/2 c. skinless boneless chicken breast, cut into 1 1/2 inch pieces
- 4 c. cauliflower florets
- 2 medium red bell peppers
- 1 bunch asparagus
- 2/3 c. prepared pesto
- 3 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 Tbsp. pine nuts
- 2 Tbsp. shaved parmesan
- salt & pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 400°.
Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Place chicken and vegetables on baking sheet.
In a small bowl, combine pesto and olive oil.
Drizzle evenly over chicken and veggies.
Sprinkle with pine nuts.
Bake 20 minutes (or until chicken is fully cooked), stirring halfway through.
Sprinkle with shaved parmesan.