30 Minute MondaysChicken & PoultryCourseHealthyItalianMain Dish

Chicken Pesto Pizza

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!

Pesto chicken pizza on a table

This recipe for Chicken Pesto Pizza is so easy to make and comes together in just a few minutes, which is so helpful for a busy weeknight meal.

While this makes one 12″ pizza and six slices, it is easy to double the recipe and feed a family of four or more.

I typically just grill chicken breasts for the chicken, slice them up and season them with a little salt and pepper.

However, you can use left over rotisserie chicken or even chicken breast chunks from a can that are already cooked for an even faster weeknight meal.

If you love this pizza, you should also try my Chicken Pesto Pasta.

pesto artichoke pizza on a table and a slice on a blue plate

You can use the red cherry tomatoes, but I love using the petite medley snacking tomatoes from my local grocery store because they contain red, orange and yellow tomatoes and they give such great color to the pizza. Here is what that package looks like:

Petite Medley Snacking Tomatoes for Chicken Pesto Pizza recipeWe love the fact that the spices are light in this chicken and pesto pizza recipe because it lets the flavors of the chicken and vegetables come out and gives this Chicken Pesto Pizza a very fresh taste.

Sometimes, we sprinkle a little salt and pepper on the tomato halves before putting them on the pizza, so if you like a little salt and pepper on your tomatoes, give it a try, but go light on it so that it adds just a hint of spice and does not overpower the fresh vegetable flavors.

How to Make Chicken Pesto Pizza

Here is how to make this easy chicken pesto pizza recipe.

First, assemble your ingredients and do the preparation as needed to cook and slice the chicken breasts, chop the onion, halve the olives and tomatoes and drain the artichokes.

Just look at those tasty chicken pesto pizza toppings!

We prefer to use a thin pizza crust to make this a thin crust chicken pesto pizza recipe, but if you like the original crust better, that is okay, it will work just fine in this recipe too.

pesto chicken pizza ingredients on a table

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (230 degrees C).

Place the pizza crust on a baking sheet or pizza stone.

Spread the basil pesto sauce evenly over the pizza crust getting within ½ inch to the edge of the crust.

basil pesto on a pizza crust

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

Chicken Basil Pesto Pizza ingredients with pesto and cheese on the crust

Evenly place the chicken strips and artichoke heart pieces on top of the cheese.

Chicken  and Artichoke on cheese on top of pesto and pizza crust

Add the halved tomatoes, red onions and olives on top.

 Pesto Chicken Pizza assembled on a table

Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of mozzarella cheese over the pizza. This cheese helps hold all of the veggies together when you slice this chicken artichoke pesto pizza.

 Pesto Chicken Pizza assembled on a table and read for the oven

Bake the pizza for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and lightly browned at the edges of the pizza.

chicken pesto pizza cooked and on a table

Use a pizza cutter to cut the pizza into 6 slices.

 basil pesto chicken pizza sliced on a table

Serve warm and enjoy!

pesto chicken pizza slice being picked up

You are going to love the fresh flavors of this pizza!

slice of pizza on a blue plate

So, what are you waiting for, put this Homemade Chicken Pesto Pizza recipe on your meal plan for next week!

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 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 6 Slices
Calories: 530kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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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

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit (230 degrees C).
  • Place the pizza crust on a baking sheet or pizza stone.
  • Spread the basil pesto sauce evenly over the pizza crust getting within ½ inch to the edge of the crust.
  • Sprinkle 1 ½ cups of mozzarella cheese over the pesto sauce and save ½ cup of cheese for later.
  • Evenly place the chicken strips and artichoke heart pieces on top of the cheese.
  • Add the halved tomatoes, red onions and olives on top.
  • Sprinkle the remaining ½ cup of mozzarella cheese over the pizza.
  • Bake the pizza for 8 to 10 minutes in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and lightly browned at the edges of the pizza.
  • Use a pizza cutter to cut the pizza into 6 slices.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!

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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Pesto Pizza Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
530
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
24
g
37
%
Saturated Fat
 
7
g
44
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
16
g
Cholesterol
 
54
mg
18
%
Sodium
 
917
mg
40
%
Carbohydrates
 
51
g
17
%
Fiber
 
4
g
17
%
Sugar
 
4
g
4
%
Protein
 
27
g
54
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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