Phyllo-Wrapped Pesto Chicken Recipe

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Chicken breasts can be a little too plain for holiday dinners. I decided to dress them up by topping the pesto and cheese and then wrapping in phyllo dough. There's nothing ordinary about them!—Gail Humfeld, Newark, Delaware
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 12 sheets phyllo dough (14x 9-inch size)
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted, divided
  • 6 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (7 ounces each)
  • Pepper to taste
  • 1 jar (10 ounces) basil pesto
  • 6 slices Monterey Jack cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 799 calories, 50g fat (21g saturated fat), 186mg cholesterol, 906mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 58g protein.


  1. Brush two phyllo sheets with butter; stack one sheet on the other. Brush top with butter. Form five additional stacks.
  2. Flatten chicken; place one piece of chicken on each phyllo stack, with the long side of chicken 1 in. from the long side of the phyllo. Sprinkle with pepper. Place 2 tablespoons pesto on each; top each with a slice of cheese. Fold bottom edge of phyllo over chicken; fold in short sides and roll up.
  3. Place seam side down in a greased 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan. Brush with remaining butter. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 45-50 minutes or until chicken juices run clear and pastry is golden brown. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Phyllo-Wrapped Pesto Chicken in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2011, p50

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