Pesto Mushroom Chicken Recipe

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My husband is an avid hunter, so we enjoy lots of game, But when I cook chicken, this is the recipe I turn to. Pesto, cheese and mushrooms make it special. —Jennifer Tomlinson, Hamilton, Montana
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 slices part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup sliced fresh mushrooms

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 425 calories, 31g fat (5g saturated fat), 78mg cholesterol, 484mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 34g protein.


  1. Flatten chicken to 1/4-in. thickness; sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, cook chicken in 1 tablespoon oil for 5-10 minutes on each side or until juices run clear.
  2. Meanwhile, for pesto, combine the basil, nuts, garlic, salt and Parmesan cheese in a blender or food processor; cover and process until well blended. While processing, gradually add remaining oil in a stream. Spoon over chicken. Top each with a slice of mozzarella. Sprinkle mushrooms around chicken. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted and mushrooms are tender. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pesto Mushroom Chicken in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p63

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a medium-bodied red wine such as Chianti, Sangiovese, Malbec or Zinfandel.

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cajeanjean User ID: 1063593 87867
Reviewed Sep. 1, 2010

"This was wonderful and so quick and easy to make. A great meal for the summer. I poached the chicken. Then I fried the mushrooms in butter, put the chicken on the mushrooms, covered with pesto and mozzarella, covered the pan and left it over low heat until the cheese melted. Delicious. Nice enough to serve for company."

Shirley123 User ID: 3449951 67029
Reviewed Dec. 8, 2008

"I love pesto and chicken I am going to give this a try. Shirley H."

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