Chicken Pesto Pizza

This Chicken Pesto Pizza recipe is easy to make and ready in only 30 minutes! Loaded with basil pesto, chicken, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, red onion, and Kalamata olives. Then top it with mozzarella cheese to delight your taste buds!

Chicken Pesto Pizza with basil pesto, chicken, melted cheese, and colorful toppings.

Hey there, pizza lovers! Get ready for a delicious treat with our Chicken Pesto Pizza. It’s super easy to make and incredibly tasty! Just spread pesto sauce, add chicken, and cover it all with cheesy goodness on a pizza crust. Then, bake it in the oven until it’s perfect.

It’s perfect for busy nights and for serving large groups as well. I usually grill chicken with some salt and pepper, but you can also use leftover rotisserie chicken or canned chicken for a quick meal. Want more? Try our yummy Chicken Pesto Pasta too!

A colorful chicken pesto pizza, with vibrant green pesto, rests invitingly on a plate.

Why We Love This Recipe

  • Perfect for a weeknight meal, this pizza doesn’t demand much of your time, making dinner stress-free and enjoyable.
  • It’s a fabulous way to utilize leftover chicken or pesto. Ensuring nothing goes to waste, and everything maintains its delicious taste!
  • The pesto, typically made from basil, garlic, pine nuts, and olive oil, is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. If you want to try a new recipe, consider making White Bean Pasta with Rosemary Pesto.

Recipe Ingredients

All the ingredients are prepared and ready for our pizza recipe.
  • Basil Pesto Sauce: Pesto gives a fresh, herby flavor, making the pizza taste unique and vibrant. It’s a key ingredient that ties all the flavors together, setting this pizza apart from traditional ones.
  • Mozzarella Cheese: Mozzarella adds a creamy, tangy taste. It’s important for holding the ingredients together, making the pizza rich and delightful.
  • Cooked Chicken Breast Strips: Chicken offers a hearty, savory taste, adding substantial protein. It pairs well with pesto, enhancing the overall flavor.
  • Artichoke Hearts: Artichokes bring a unique, tangy flavor, elevating the pizza’s taste, and making it feel like a gourmet dish, just like my Loaded Tortilla Breakfast Pizzas, give them a try.

See the recipe card for full information on ingredients and quantities.

Variations

  • For the Crust: Don’t limit yourself to pre-baked thin pizza crusts. Experiment with homemade dough, gluten-free variations, or a nutritious cauliflower base.
  • Sauce Swaps: Explore beyond traditional basil pesto. Experiment with sun-dried tomato pesto or creamy Alfredo sauce to infuse your pizza with extraordinary flavors.
  • Cheese Choices: Elevate the cheesy goodness! Combine mozzarella with delectable varieties like provolone, parmesan, or goat cheese.
  • Protein Picks: Revamp the pizza’s protein! Think about choices like turkey, or explore plant-based options such as tofu to make a dish that suits different diets and preferences.

How to Make Chicken Pesto Pizza

Step #1: Cook and slice the chicken breasts, chop the onion, cut the olives and tomatoes in half, and drain the artichokes. Then, preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (230 degrees Celsius).

Step #2: To begin this step, choose your preferred pizza dough, either thin or thick, as both work well for this recipe. Following that, place the pizza crust on a baking sheet or pizza stone.

Step #3: Evenly spread the basil pesto sauce over the pizza crust, ensuring you get within ½ inch of the edge.

Pizza topped with a layer of basil pesto sauce for our Chicken Pesto Pizza.

Step #4: Sprinkle 1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese over the pesto sauce and save ½ cup of cheese for later.

Pizza with a generous layer of cheese on top.

Step #5: Spread the chicken strips and artichoke heart pieces evenly over the cheese.

Pizza with artichoke and chicken pieces evenly distributed.

Step #6: Add the halved tomatoes, red onions, and olives as toppings.

Red tomatoes pop against the sea of green basil pesto, adding a burst of color for our pizza recipe, topped with onion, artichoke, and olives.

Step #7: Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of mozzarella cheese over the pizza. This cheese keeps the veggies in place when you cut this chicken and artichoke pesto pizza.

Sprinkled mozzarella cheese over the pizza.

Step #8: Put the pizza in the oven that’s already hot and bake it for 8 to 10 minutes. Wait until the cheese is all melty and a bit brown on the pizza’s edges. Then, use a pizza cutter to slice it into 6 pieces.

Golden, cheesy chicken pesto pizza, adorned with vibrant herbs and fresh ingredients, elegantly presented.

Serve warm and enjoy!

Expert Tips

  • Choose Quality Pesto for Great Taste: Use high quality basil pesto sauce to ensure a delicious taste.
  • Avoid Overloading Toppings: While it’s tempting to add lots of toppings, be careful not to put too much. Too many toppings can prevent even cooking.
A single slice of chicken pesto pizza, oozing with melted cheese on a plate.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is basil pesto sauce made of?

Fresh basil, garlic, Parmesan cheese, and olive oil make basil pesto sauce, creating a flavorful base for this pizza.

Can I make a vegan Chicken Pesto Pizza?

Certainly! You can make a vegan chicken pesto pizza. You can use plant-based chicken substitutes, vegan pesto, and dairy-free cheese.

Storage Info

To store chicken pesto pizza, wrap it well and keep it in the fridge. It stays good for 3-4 days. When reheating, you have a few options. Use the oven at 350°F, placing the pizza on the oven rack or a baking sheet. Reheat for 10-15 minutes, ensuring it’s heated through and the crust is crispy.

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This Chicken Pesto Pizza recipe is quick and easy to make, with a delicious flavor from the basil pesto sauce, chicken, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, red onion, Kalamata olives and lots of mozzarella cheese!

Chicken Pesto Pizza Recipe

This Chicken Pesto Pizza recipe is quick and easy to make, with a delicious flavor from the basil pesto sauce, chicken, artichoke hearts, cherry tomatoes, red onion, Kalamata olives and lots of mozzarella cheese!
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 Slices
Calories: 444kcal
Author: Linda
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Ingredients

  • 1 12 inch pre-baked thin pizza crust (you can use the original crust if you don’t prefer the thin crust)
  • ½ cup basil pesto sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chicken breast strips - cut into bite-sized pieces, seasoned with salt and pepper to taste
  • ¾ cup quartered artichoke hearts - drained
  • ½ cup halved cherry tomatoes - I prefer the medley package that has yellow, orange and red cherry tomatoes for the great colors on the pizza
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onions
  • ¼ cup halved Kalamata olives - drained
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Instructions

  • Cook and slice the chicken breasts, chop the onion, cut the olives and tomatoes in half, and drain the artichokes. Then, preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (230 degrees Celsius).
  • To begin this step, choose your preferred pizza dough, either thin or thick, as both work well for this recipe. Following that, place the pizza crust on a baking sheet or pizza stone.
  • Evenly spread the basil pesto sauce over the pizza crust, ensuring you get within ½ inch of the edge.
  • Sprinkle 1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese over the pesto sauce and save ½ cup of cheese for later.
  • Spread the chicken strips and artichoke heart pieces evenly over the cheese.
  • Add the halved tomatoes, red onions, and olives as toppings.
  • Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of mozzarella cheese over the pizza. This cheese keeps the veggies in place when you cut this chicken and artichoke pesto pizza.
  • Put the pizza in the oven that’s already hot and bake it for 8 to 10 minutes. Wait until the cheese is all melty and a bit brown on the pizza’s edges. Then, use a pizza cutter to slice it into 6 pieces.

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Storage Info
To store chicken pesto pizza, wrap it well and keep it in the fridge. It stays good for 3-4 days. When reheating, you have a few options. Use the oven at 350°F, placing the pizza on the oven rack or a baking sheet. Reheat for 10-15 minutes, ensuring it’s heated through and the crust is crispy.

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 444kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 55mg | Sodium: 1154mg | Potassium: 210mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 763IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 290mg | Iron: 2mg

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