Bacon Wrapped Pesto Chicken

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This 40 minute bacon wrapped pesto chicken looks fancy, but it’s really an easy weeknight dinner! Read on…

These bacon wrapped pesto chicken breasts are loaded with flavor! I am notorious for making dinners (and breakfasts and desserts) that are quick and easy to prepare, but that are still loaded with flavor and variety and this bacon wrapped pesto chicken is no exception.

Try these easy bacon wrapped pesto chicken breasts for dinner! We eat a lot of chicken over here, mainly because I am not the biggest red meat fan and I will be the first one to admit that I get bored, like seriously bored to DEATH of bland chicken recipes. So, in order to save myself, I started to get more creative with our chicken dinners. That’s how this bacon wrapped pesto chicken was born! I like bacon and I like pesto! Wa-la!

These delicious bacon wrapped pesto chicken breasts are the perfect wholesome dinner! Don’t let the fancy appearance of this chicken fool you, it really is SUPER easy to put together; all you need are a few toothpicks and some bacon. Just slice the chicken breasts open (creating a pocket), spoon in some pesto, wrap the bacon around the outside, loosely place a toothpick to secure, sear them on each side, cover them with shredded cheese, and bake them up. When this bacon wrapped pesto chicken comes out of the oven, it’s bubbly, crispy, and bursting with flavor!

Note: I often use homemade pesto in my recipes, but you can easily use a good quality jarred pesto too. If you need a great pesto recipe, here’s the one I use. It comes out perfect every time.

Bacon Wrapped Pesto Chicken

A warm and cozy weeknight dinner that's loaded with flavor.
5 from 2 votes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4 chicken breasts
Calories: 427kcal
Author: Kristine


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 + slices of bacon
  • Pesto
  • 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Heat olive oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Slice chicken breasts down the center creating a pocket.
  • Spoon pesto inside chicken and stuff with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  • Wrap bacon around chicken breasts and secure with a toothpick.
  • Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  • Place prepared chicken breasts in hot skillet for 3-5 minutes on each side.
  • Turn breasts right side up, spoon more pesto over the top and sprinkle with shredded cheese.
  • Bake for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes prior to serving.
Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 598mg | Potassium: 527mg | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin A: 239IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 1mg
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Try these other easy weeknight favorites too! You’ll love this healthy beef stew or this easy baked ziti – you can make them both in one pot!  Boom!

Kristine Underwood standing in her kitchen with her dog.

About Kristine

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  1. This looks great! I’ve never thought to pair pesto and bacon but it sounds really delicious. I think we’ll give it a try in February.

    1. Thank you so much! The flavors really work well together, this has become one of our favorites! Hope you enjoy it!

  2. Hello to a fellow Christine-

    What a great simple recipe for dinner! I adore pesto and bacon so this is a wonderful dinner option. Yum!

  3. This chicken looks absolutely divine. I love pesto, I love bacon and I love chicken. Nice.

  4. chicken on a weeknight dinner.. that sounds interesting.. even though I am a vegetarian I still found it appealing.. You got me there with this beautiful pictures,

  5. I love how simple and easy this is to make. I always have pesto on hand so this would be perfect for my quick cooking . Thanks

  6. This looks fantastic I love chicken wrapped in bacon too, it’s such a great combination.

  7. What a great recipe! And your pictures just look awesome! Made me hungry …

    1. Aw shucks! Thank you, Cecilia! You’re so sweet! I hope you enjoy it if you try it, it’s become one of our all-time favorite dinners. 🙂