Pesto-Olive Chicken Recipe
Pesto-Olive Chicken Recipe photo by Taste of Home
Next Recipe

Pesto-Olive Chicken Recipe

Read Reviews
4.5 21 26
Publisher Photo
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.

Reviews for Pesto-Olive Chicken

5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Please Log In or Join to add a rating and review.
Click stars to rate
Any changes to your rating or review will appear where you originally posted your review
Loading Image
Sort By :
PrplMonky5 User ID: 6612040 255345
Reviewed Oct. 12, 2016

"I think because my chicken was thicker it took longer to cook. The taste of the chicken with the topping was really good. However, the chicken itself is SO BLAND. I feel like it needs to be marinaded or something. Despite that, I'd still make this again, especially since it was so easy. I actually forgot the cheese on top but still enjoyed the topping!"

psalm127mom User ID: 173822 217169
Reviewed Jan. 7, 2015

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

angieact1 User ID: 1990802 145631
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2014

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

sjpoor User ID: 2565047 185219
Reviewed Jun. 27, 2013

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

solosinger User ID: 3444610 118635
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."

monkeymuffin3 User ID: 6088432 169726
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!!!"

jensweetser User ID: 4168486 103722
Reviewed Dec. 29, 2011

"I made this dish using 6 chicken breasts, 2 jars of mushrooms, only half a can of chopped olives, and sliced provolone. Next time I will use fresh mushrooms because we like them better. The sliced provolone worked great because I could just top each breast with one slice. This was extremely flavorful and only needed minor tweaks per our taste preference! I used the same amount of pesto the recipe called for."

Trumpetvine User ID: 6137826 169724
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2011

"Loved it! Great combination of flavors.....thank you!!"

vajudybug User ID: 581753 186862
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2011

"This was so easy to make and tastes so good. We liked it so much I'm making it again tonight for book club"

spetrosino User ID: 3230455 168203
Reviewed Dec. 27, 2010

"So simple, but it really has a great taste. Definitely will make again."

Loading Image