Quick Pesto Roasted Chicken

Easy Pesto Roasted Chicken
Photo: Diana Rattray
  • Total: 105 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Servings: 4 servings

This is a quick and flavorful pesto roasted chicken to prepare for any meal. It is a simple, easy and tasty recipe.


  • 1 broiler or roasting chicken, about 4 to 5 pounds
  • 1/4 cup prepared pesto
  • fresh basil leaves or 1 teaspoon dried leaf basil and cut up the lemon and/or orange, for the cavity, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat oven to 425 F.

  2. Using your fingers, separate the skin from the chicken meat around the breast and legs. Push small amounts of pesto under the skin. Rub any remaining pesto over the skin and sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.

  3. If desired, fill the cavity with cut-up lemon and orange, along with fresh basil leaves or about 1 teaspoon of dried basil.

  4. Roast at 425 F for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 F. Continue roasting for about 18 to 20 minutes per pound, or to about 165 F on a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest meaty part of the thigh.