Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken with Asparagus Tomatoes and Walnuts

02.11.2018

You know how I love my sheet pan meals and here’s a new favorite! This Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken with Asparagus, Tomatoes and Walnuts is a simple meal that’s brimming with flavor – because duh it’s packed with fresh pesto! It’s so easy to throw together yet the end result is so delicious! This is a perfect weeknight chicken dinner, definitely a recipe you’ll want to hang on to.

Baked Pesto Chicken on Sheet Pan

Basil Pesto Chicken

Homemade pesto makes any meal incredible doesn’t it? And it’s just so easy to make, the food processor does most of the work. To make the basil pesto you simply add plenty of fresh pesto to a food processor along with some walnuts, parmesan and garlic.

Mince that up then pour in the olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. How could something this easy taste this good?!

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Here I like to cook the chicken with some of the pesto so the flavors have time to soak into the chicken, then I also like to add more at the end to get that really bright fresh flavor.

 

Basil Pesto Chicken Ingredients in Bowl

One of the main highlights of this sheet pan chicken dinner (which we may not thick would be a highlight but they are) are those perfectly crunchy and buttery walnuts. I absolutely love walnuts!

If I had to pick favorites it would probably be walnuts and pistachios. I eat walnuts almost everyday whether it be for a snack or as part of a meal. My go-to brand for walnuts is Fisher Nuts.

 

Making Pesto For Chicken and Tomatoes

I love that they are preservative free and salt-free, they’re heart healthy and an excellent source of those hard to find omega-3 fatty acids, plus I love that they’re just so tasty. Here I love the flavor and crunch they add to the dish, plus they make it just that much more filling.

I also used them in the pesto as well, did you know you can always substitute the pine nuts in basil pesto with walnuts? They’re a cheaper alternative and they add the perfect nutty creaminess to the pesto.

Basil Pesto With Walnut Halves

If you love pesto then don’t pass this recipe by! It is the perfect way to use up homemade pesto. That combination of chicken, tomatoes asparagus and pesto is the perfect flavor blend.

And don’t forget to freeze your homemade pesto when you garden in the summer and that basil is growing like crazy. Then just thaw it out in the fridge overnight and add to the recipe as listed.

Basil Pesto Chicken With Tomatoes

In a pinch you could also use store-bought pesto here, but obviously the flavors won’t be nearly as good – homemade takes the cake!

Roasted Pesto Chicken and Tomatoes on Plate

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Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken with Asparagus Tomatoes and Walnuts

This Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken with Asparagus, Tomatoes and Walnuts is a simple meal that's brimming with flavor, thanks to the added fresh pesto!

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients

Pesto

  • 1 1/2 cups (48g) packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 cup Fishers Walnuts Halves and Pieces
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 2 cloves garlic , peeled
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Chicken and Veggies

  • 1 1/2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts , diced into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 lb asparagus (don't use thick spears), tough ends trimmed and discarded remaining diced into 1 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 pint (2 c) fresh grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Fishers Walnuts Halves and Pieces

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. For the pesto, add basil leaves, 1/4 cup walnuts, parmesan and garlic to a food processor. Pulse until coarsely chopped. 

  3. Add olive oil, season with salt and pepper to taste and pulse until everything is finely chopped and well combined. Set aside.
  4. Line a rimmed 18 by 13-inch baking sheet with a sheet of parchment paper or spray with non-stick cooking spray. 
  5. Place chicken and asparagus on sheet pan, pour over 1/4 cup of the basil pesto. 
  6. Season chicken and asparagus with salt and pepper and toss everything to evenly coat. 
  7. Spread into an even layer (don't let chicken pieces overlap) and roast in preheated oven for 10 minutes. 
  8. Remove from oven, carefully drain off excess liquid from one corner if needed (use a spatula as a guard to keep the ingredients from falling). 

  9. Add tomatoes, toss everything and return to oven and continue to roast until chicken is cooked through (larger pieces should be 165 degrees in center), about 8 - 12 minutes longer. 

  10. Remove from oven, spoon over another 1/4 cup of the pesto and toss (or just add the 1/4 cup to individual servings). Sprinkle in walnuts. 
  11. Serve immediately with more pesto if desired (or just reserve remaining pesto in refrigerator for another use - it can be frozen also).
  12. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

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6 comments

  • Amanda: This look great! My husband is not a fan of asparagus so I’m going to use green beans, spinach or zucchini instead. June 19, 2017 at 9:10am Reply

  • Paige Flamm: This chicken recipe looks amazing! I need this in my life!

    Paige
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  • Sara | Last Night’s Feast: This looks incredible! Such lovely colors February 12, 2017 at 11:11am Reply

  • Jacky Wilson: I will be trying this, it looks fantastic! Plus, it is a low carb meal!! Yay!! Thank you! February 12, 2017 at 11:08am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I hope you love it Jacky! February 13, 2017 at 6:45pm Reply

  • Medeja: So yummy! February 11, 2017 at 10:06pm Reply

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