Skinny Baked Pesto Chicken (4 ingredients)


Skinny Baked Pesto Chicken (4 ingredients)
Sometimes you want dinner on the table quickly with very little prep and you want it healthy and tasty, right? If I’m speaking to you, give this yummy recipe a try. It’s specially made easy since using store-bought pesto and pizza sauce. I adore this combination of sauces and they work really well here. Each serving has 283 calories and 12 grams of fat.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Bake Time: 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 283kcal


  • 1 package chicken breast tenders (you’ll need 8 tenders)
  • 1 cup jarred pizza sauce (I used Classico pizza sauce or use your favorite)
  • ½ cup Buitoni Reduced-Fat Pesto with Basil, see shopping tips or make homemade pesto
  • 4 teaspoons Parmesan cheese, grated


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  • Spread bottom of a 9 x 9-inch baking pan with ½ cup pizza sauce. Add chicken tenders on top. It’s ok if they are touching. Spread top of each chicken tender with 1 tablespoon pizza sauce. Add 1 tablespoon pesto sauce to each. Using the back of a spoon or your fingers, spread pesto sauce around the top.  Cover pan with foil. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Check after 15 minutes since chicken tenders vary in thickness. When ready, remove from oven. Sprinkle each tender with ½ teaspoon Parmesan cheese.
  • To serve: From bottom of pan, add 2-3 tablespoons of sauce to each dinner plate. Top with 2 chicken tenders and serve. Serve extra sauce on side or top of chicken, if desired. The sauce is really good!


Makes 4 servings. Each serving 2 chicken tenders.

Shopping Tips
Buitoni reduced-fat Pesto with Basil can be found in most major supermarkets. It’s usually found in the refrigerator section where fresh pasta and sauces are displayed.
WW Freestyle SmartPoints 6-Blue
WW SmartPoints

SKINNY FACTS: for 2 chicken tenders and sauce
283 calories, 12g fat, 2g sat. fat, 71mg chol, 30g prot. 11g carbs, 2g fiber, 675mg sod, 8g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
163 calories, 2g sat. fat, 8g sugar, 5g protein

Skinny Facts

Serving: 2tendersCalories: 283kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 30gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 675mgFiber: 2gSugar: 8gBlue Smart Points: 6Green Smart Points: 7Plus Points: 7


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