Pesto-Olive Chicken Recipe
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Pesto-Olive Chicken Recipe

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Give weeknight dining a lift with this hearty, dressed-up chicken entree. You'll find many of the ingredients right in your pantry. —Cristy King, Scott Depot, West Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup prepared pesto
  • 2 jars (4-1/2 ounces each) sliced mushrooms, drained
  • 1 can (4-1/2 ounces) chopped ripe olives
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded provolone cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 490 calories, 29g fat (10g saturated fat), 124mg cholesterol, 1117mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 3g fiber), 49g protein


  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Flatten chicken slightly. Place in an ungreased 13x9-in. baking dish. Spoon pesto over chicken; top with mushrooms and olives.
  2. Bake, uncovered, 15-18 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165°. Sprinkle with cheese; bake 1-2 minutes longer or until cheese is melted. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pesto-Olive Chicken in Simple & Delicious January/February 2010, p17

Medium-Bodied Red Wine

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

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Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

"A family favorite. All 11 of us enjoy this dish."

Reviewed Mar. 20, 2014

"I also used the fresh mushrooms, sauteed them a little bit before adding to the dish. It was very tasty!"

Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

"This was not the least bit good. Would'nt even consider trying it again."

Reviewed Jun. 12, 2012

"This was wonderful! I used fresh mushrooms (sauteed for a little while before putting with the chicken), and used mozzarella instead of provolone because that's what I had on hand. It was just absolutely terrific! Great company meal, too. Thanks for sharing - it's a wonderful recipe."

Reviewed Mar. 31, 2012

"i've had this recipe for awhile, always meaning to make it. i'm sorry i waited so long! it was GREAT! everyone loved it even the kids. the only thing i did differently was that i used sliced provolone cheese and used fresh mushrooms. AWESOME! i will make this often!!!"

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