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Easy Pesto Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake Recipe

The answer to your quick and healthy weeknight meal dilemma! This Easy Chicken Bake recipe is filled with delicious pesto, spinach, artichokes, and tomatoes, all baked together for a healthy dinner that comes together in just minutes.

Easy Pesto, Spinach & Artichoke Chicken Bake - Make this "fancy" dinner in only about 10 minutes plus cook time!  It is easy, healthy  and CRAZY DELICIOUS!!

Let’s just start this post off by being honest….  This wasn’t supposed to be our dinner tonight.

It was an accident.

Actually, a very happy accident.

Strike that, a delicious accident.

Easy Chicken Dinner Recipe - This pesto spinach and artichoke chicken bake will not disappoint!  So delicious and so easy to make!

I planned on staying in all day.  I planned on bringing dinner to a friend who has just had surgery.  I planned on making something else for dinner.  Thank goodness plans sometimes fall to the wayside!  I have MANY Easy Chicken Bake Dinner Recipes, and this one is the perfect new addition!

We have been sick FOREVER.  I mean like someone in our house has been sick at all times for almost 3 months.  It is ridiculous.  Well today, I planned on staying in all day after a hectic start to the week.  I was going to get some work done. Get some cleaning done.  Be all around productive.  Or at least pretend.

Then the littlest’s ear drum ruptured, so we had an unexpected trip to the doctor that took a huge chunk out of our day.  The poor little guy is doing much better, and even though there is nothing I could have done, I feel like a bad mom.

So we get home, and now I have just a short window of time to get dinner together for my friend and less than half the window of naptime I usually get in which to make it all.

Healthy dinner idea- Easy Spinach Artichoke  Pesto Chicken Bake Recipe.  This only takes about 10 minutes to make and everyone raves about how  good it is!!

This sweet friend and her family eat healthy, almost towards Paleo.  This always intimidates me a bit since I have never met a piece of gluten I didn’t like, but since trying the Whole30 diet last fall, I am much less afraid to make heathy and delicious meals in that direction.

{To clarify this recipe is not strictly paleo but it is certainly a balanced healthy meal that looks WAY fancier than the time it took to make.}

So anyway, I was going to make my very popular Italian Chicken Bake, but then saw the artichokes that I needed to use and inspiration hit.  I whipped it up, put it in the oven, and it smelled SO good I knew that I was ditching my current dinner plans and making another pan of this Pesto Spinach Artichoke Chicken for our family dinner. {See ALL of my Easy Chicken Bake Dinner Recipes here!}

Then I decided it was a crime not to share, so I had to put it on the blog.  The only problem was that there was a snowstorm outside and not enough light inside to take photos.  So let me tell you what I did just for you guys…

I grabbed all of the ingredients, headed outside with them INTO the snowstorm, and proceeded to stand on our outdoor table with snow blowing all over me, my camera, the food, and everything so I could get enough light to share this recipe with you.  So if things look a little wet in the pics below, you will know why.  Please tell me you appreciate this!!  Let me give you a little sneak peek of what this looked like…

Snow

So now that you know what I went through just to share this with you, I will pass on the recipe.  It was totally worth it!! (Let me know if you agree in the comments!)

Easy Pesto Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake Recipe

One thing I love about this dinner is that it is so easy from fridge to oven.  It has the ease of a crockpot meal, but you can make it fresh in minutes and maintain all of the delicious flavors and textures!  To make this recipe you only need a few ingredients (Full printable recipe at bottom of post):

  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts
  • 6-8 Tbsp prepared pesto
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 can marinated artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 6 oz mozzarella or Italian blend cheese

Easy Pesto, Spinach & Artichoke Chicken Bake Recipe - Step by step instructions.  You won't believe how easy this is to make!!

To make this with the best results you will want to trim any fat off the chicken then lay it flat in a baking dish.  If the chicken breasts are extra thick, you can butterfly them to help it cook more quickly.

Next spread the pesto on top of the chicken breast.  I usually don’t measure but just eyeball it, and spread a thick layer of pesto to cover each chicken breast.  I love lots of pesto because it really flavors the chicken and it also melts down into the bottom of the pan and mixes with the chicken juices to make an awesome sauce to spoon over rice you eat the meal with!

Best Chicken Dinner EVER!  So easy.  So healthy.  So SO delicious! Pesto, spinach, artichokes and tomatoes baked over wholesome chicken!

Now layer on the spinach, tomatoes, and artichokes on top of the pesto.  I like to just make sure everything is chopped into rough chunks.  With as long as the dish bakes, they are all soft and easily eaten once it is done.

Last, cover the top with cheese.  If you love cheese (who doesn’t love cheese?!) then add a little extra, since it is amazing when it melts down into the juices, or if you don’t love cheese (who are you?!) then you can even leave it out all together if you want.

Pop this in the middle rack of an oven preheated to 375˚F for 35-50 minutes.  I always like to add a warning because the cook time can vary pretty greatly depending on the size, true temperature, altitude, and thickness of your chicken breasts.  You might end up on the quick side, but you could also end up needing to cook it a little longer depending on the circumstances, so make sure to check your chicken.

You have to try this AMAZING dinner recipe!  Easy Pesto Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake only takes about 10 minutes to put together and is the BEST dinner!

Another question I get often is whether you need to cover this when you bake it.  I do not cover mine when I bake and as long as I cook it on the lower middle rack, it has never burnt the cheese.  Others have said that their cheese gets too crispy, so again depending on the size, and true temperature of your oven, you may want to keep an eye on it and if it is getting too brown or crispy, just put some foil over the top and it will save the day.

Once the chicken is no longer pink and the juices run clear, you can take it out of the oven and it is ready to serve.  I served mine over rice which is probably my favorite way to eat it since the extra juices that cook at the bottom of the pan are heavenly when you spoon it over the top of the rice.  If you are trying to be a little healthier you can pack a huge nutritional punch by serving this over sautéed spinach and it is also super delicious!  Another stellar way to serve this up is with a big crusty loaf of french bread… YUM!

Before you go… Make sure to check out my other EASY CHICKEN BAKE DINNER RECIPES here!  SO many quick and easy ideas to keep your family fed while keeping your sanity!

Easy + Healthy + Delicious = Dinner Trifecta!  Easy Pesto Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake.  Who knew delicious was so easy!

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Easy Pesto Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake Recipe
 
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Ingredients
  • 3-4 Chicken Breasts
  • 6-8 Tbsp prepared pesto
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 2 roma tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 can marinated artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
  • 6 oz mozzarella or Italian blend cheese.
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375F
  2. Place chicken flat in the bottom of a baking dish.
  3. Spread 1-2 tbsp pesto on each chicken breast (the more you like pesto the more you use! I just eyeball it!)
  4. Layer on spinach, artichokes and tomatoes.
  5. Cover top with cheese.
  6. Bake on lower middle rack for 30-45 minutes or until the chicken is cooled through and the juices run clear.
  7. Serve over rice or sauteed spinach.

Easy Pesto Spinach Artichoke Chicken Bake  - Easy Dinner Idea

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  1. Carissa says

    This looks delicious! We’re primal (or rather, I’m primal, the rest of the family is gluten and soy free), and as long as the artichoke hearts are packed in olive oil, this is perfect for us! I’m sure your paleo-ish friend loved it ^_^ I’m thinking I’ll serve I over zucchini noodles.

  2. Gail says

    I just made this for supper. Very good! I used tenders instead of breasts. Also I poured the marinade from the artichokes over the top before I put the cheese on. I will be making this again. Thank you for your idea :)

  3. Mary says

    Tried this tonight for dinner LOVED it !
    So easy to put togather and added extra spinach…worked great.

  4. Desiree says

    This this was amazing! My 17 year old son suggested slicing the chicken breast length wise and putting the pesto inside the breast for more flavor. Will try that next week!! Thanks!!

  5. Deb K says

    Delicious! Had to kick myself though — as I was sliding it into the oven, congratulating myself on the beauty of it, I turned around and saw — my bowl of pesto! My husband heard “No. Oh no. No no no nononono…” All is well though. I just dug my way through to each breast, spread the pesto and covered it back up the best I could LOL! Still tasted great!

  6. Carol E. Kemp says

    Never used pesto before, do you have a recipe for that? I/m excited about trying this recipe.

  7. Lisa Bourbonnais says

    My husband and I made this last night. I’m allergic to gluten, eggs, yeast, dairy, honey so we’re always looking for allergy friendly meal options. We made this one without the cheese. I’m generally pretty picky about things I like and get discouraged that that things I have now aren’t as good as foods I ate pre-alleergy. But, for this one, we added extra pesto and tomatoes, and we both REALLY loved it!

    • says

      I am so glad you loved it!! Make sure to be careful with the pesto though, most premade pestos also have parmesan in them. You can check out my other chicken bake recipes and easily modify many of them to be very allergy friendly! Thank you so much for your leaving your kind words for me!

      • Lisa Bourbonnais says

        We make our own pesto by omitting the cheese, and it tastes the same with out it. I appreciate your warning though!

  8. Kelsey says

    Oh man! I never leave reviews on recipes I find – I’m just too lazy. But this was SO STINKING GOOD I had to tell you. I literally just ate it five minutes ago and jumped on here to rave. It’s amazing and easy and amazing. Why have I never combined pesto and artichoke before? I am a fool who has lived in the dark ages, but this dinner has shown me the light. It will be served here again. Thank you!

    • says

      Thanks so much for taking the time to leave the comment! I read every single one and words like this make my day! I hope you get a chance to try out some of my other chicken bake recipes too! The fajita chicken bake, Italian chicken bake and Greek chicken bake are all favorites!!

  9. Melissa says

    Just made this for dinner tonight. Everyone loved it!! I did add some dried oregano and basil on top of the cheese but it would have been delicious without adding anything extra. A real winner I will be making again and again. Thank you for the great recipe.

  10. Mary Remmers says

    I made this tonight and it’s WONDERFUL! What a great recipe. The only change I made was to substitute sun dried tomatoes for the raw plum tomatoes. Thanks so much! I’m off to share this recipe via a link to your site.

    • says

      So glad to hear it! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. It makes my day! I hope you will be able to try some of my other chicken bake recipes! The greek and the fajita are all time favorites!

  11. Kim says

    My cheese burned some. I should have put foil on top to start (new gas oven). Despite that hiccup, it was tasty!!!! I put it over couscous. I will definitely make it again.

  12. Nancy says

    My son who is 27 gets home from work around 8 o’clock at night sometimes later. I have made this but not baked it yet. I sent him a picture of it and said look what’s for dinner! He said he’s leaving work early he can’t wait! It looks so pretty haha

      • Nancy says

        It was a major hit! Absolutely delicious and you’d think it was something you’d have slaved over for hours! The house smelled like an Italian restaurant.
        I’m going to try the same recipe but use lobster. …I can also imagine this as a hot dip.
        I’m thinking a nutrabullet maybe chucks of crab meet added.
        My son said thanks!

  13. Marybeth Young says

    Love your story and the recipe. Have made something similar bur thanks for the inspiration of the meal and your honesty. Trying to provide meals in a busy family is very challenging. Hang in there. You went above and beyond just to share it!

  14. CA says

    This looks great! Can you tell me what kind of pesto you used? I’ve never had it and have no idea what to buy. Thanks in advance!

    • says

      I get mine at Costco or Sams club. I think those are some of the best next to homemade. I’m pretty sure Walmart started carrying a smaller version of the sams club kind recently too. You can usually find it in the deli case next to the nicer cheeses OR in the refrigerator section by the fresh pasta, usually bertolli brand at most supermarkets. Hope that helps! You are in for a treat if you have never had it!

      • CA says

        Thank you! I made this last night… Very good! I may Have left it in too long, had a problem with the cheese getting brown. I’ll add it in later next time I make this. Super easy! Thanks for the recipe!

        • says

          In my oven it doesn’t get too brown but each oven is different. You can also just watch it and loosely cover w foil when it reaches the desired level.

  15. Julie says

    Just made this and my spinach completely dried out…think kale chips. But other than that it was delicious!!! I definitely recommend covering it with foil first! I am low-carb and will make this again for sure.

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