Baked Pesto Chicken Recipe with Olives & Feta

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Tender, flavorful, and juicy baked chicken recipe cooked in a creamy basil pesto sauce with feta cheese and olives. An easy keto chicken recipe perfect for dinner.

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Baked Chicken with Pesto, Olives, and Feta Cheese

I am sharing my family’s favorite baked chicken recipe! It’s this moist and tender Baked Pesto Chicken with Feta and Olives. It’s easy to prepare, it’s deeeeelicious, and it will soon be added to your weekly dinner rotation. Basil pesto lends an amazing flavor to this chicken recipe, and it is the answer to your dilemma about the perfect chicken flavor.

Another thing we should note: this is a low carb meal, it is keto friendly (YAY!), and it’s all prepared in just ONE SKILLET.

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Me thinks I am obsessed with pesto. You can put it on watermelon and I’ll eat it. For those that know me, you know that I HATE watermelon, but pesto might change my mind. Ya never know!

In this particular recipe, I almost always use chicken thighs because, there are 3 other members in this family that prefer thighs over chicken breasts.  The argument holds that the thighs are juicier and as tender as can be. True dat! I am definitely not going to argue. BUT, for you, if you want to use breasts, go right ahead.

You can refer to my Creamy Pesto Chicken recipe for a bit of chicken breasts inspiration.

Also? When I do use chicken thighs, just as I did here for us, I remove the skin after it’s cooked, the other 3 in this household do not. One of them is only 5 years old and she won’t accept chicken without the crispy skin.

In any case, this baked pesto chicken will be amazing no matter what cut of chicken you use.

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  • Deliciously seasoned chicken thighs are added to an oiled hot cast iron skillet and cooked until just browned on both sides.
  • Feta and olives are placed all around the chicken, using enough to cover the empty spaces.
  • A mixture of basil pesto, garlic, evaporated milk or half and half (heavy cream is OK, too) is poured over the chicken and baked for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and sauce is bubbly.
  • That’s it!

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Simple, quick and easy, making it a perfect meal for weeknight dinners. ✔✔✔

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Since too many dirty pots, pans, and dishes are my nemesis, I kept this recipe in one pan – a cast iron skillet that is a must have for any working kitchen – and it took me just a little over 35 minutes to prepare the entire dinner, from start to finish.

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Almost always, I try to serve this meal with just a big green salad on the side, similar to my Berry Caprese Salad, sans the berries. Berries and olives just don’t go together… or do they?

*runs to the kitchen to find out*



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4.5 from 8 votes

Baked Pesto Chicken with Olives and Feta

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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Tender & flavorful baked chicken recipe cooked in a creamy basil pesto sauce with feta cheese and olives. An easy keto chicken recipe perfect for dinner.
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 636


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.5 pounds chicken thighs or chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 cup half and half or evaporated milk you can also use heavy whipping cream
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1 cup cubed reduced sodium feta cheese
  • 1 cup pitted olives, rinsed and dried to minimize sodium intake
  • fresh basil chopped, for garnish, optional


  • Preheat the oven to 400F.
  • Combine butter and olive oil in a cast iron skillet and melt over medium heat.
  • Season chicken with dried basil, salt and pepper; add to hot oil and cook for 2 to 3 minutes per side, or until browned.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine basil pesto, garlic, half and half, salt and pepper; whisk until thoroughly combined.
  • Remove skillet from heat and add olives and cubed feta to the skillet.
  • Pour the prepared pesto sauce over the chicken.
  • Bake in oven for 25 to 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and sauce is bubbly.
  • Remove from oven.
  • Garnish with fresh basil and serve.


Nutrition Facts
Baked Pesto Chicken with Olives and Feta
Amount Per Serving
Calories 636 Calories from Fat 432
% Daily Value*
Fat 48g74%
Saturated Fat 16g80%
Cholesterol 194mg65%
Sodium 831mg35%
Potassium 333mg10%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 8g9%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 805IU16%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 265mg27%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

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26 Responses
  1. Carolynn

    Great recipe. Didn’t have a cast iron pan so seared the chicken the put in a warmed casserole dish. Actually added the feta to the cream (heavy cream) pesto mix and let it sit while I seared the chicken. Poured it all on together. It was wonderful. We’re on a vacation and the first thing I shopped for was the ingredients for this dish. Easy and tasty.

  2. Judy Poole

    I followed the recipe to a tee, but my sauce was a curdled mess. Not something that I would serve to guests. The taste was okay.

  3. Jon

    Delicious. Definitely saved for the future. My wife isn’t big on olives so I replaced the 1c with 1/2c of capers and turned out fantastic.

  4. Kristin

    Winner winner chicken dinner. Soooooo moist and flavorful. I’ve never had baked feta and I’m totally a fan. I used whipped coconut milk cream but that was the only change I made.

  5. Little ol’ me

    Made this dish for a dinner party of 10 tonight. Was in a pinch for time, so skipped browning chicken and went straight to oven in 3 Pyrex dishes. Served with protein pasta and regular feta (no low sodium at the store), tomato bruschetta and a sausage version of bruschetta, as well as a Caesar salad and it was a hit. People, if you think it’s too oily, use chicken or turkey breast. There is enough fat And flavor to get away with skipping the thighs.

    The only change I’d make for next time (Yes, there will be a next time!!) is the triple the recipe and freeze raw and ready to bake or crock pot!

  6. Me

    I put the (homemade) pesto under the skin of the chicken thighs. Added the cream, olives and feta. Ignored all the other ingredients (why add dried basil when you have fresh pesto?) and put it in the oven. 10 minutes covered and the rest uncovereduntil cooked. It was good but still a bit greasy. I don’t understand the frying of the thighs with the addition of salt and oil. There is more than enough salt in the feta and pesto – and the thigh skin has enough fat. Good idea but poor execution. I enjoyed it when I cooked it my way.

  7. Sharon Andrews

    This is wonderful! I didn’t have cream, so I used plain yogurt. I served over rice. I know that rice is a no no on Keto but I am experimenting for 2 dinner parties that I will be hosting in August.

    It is a winner! Served with broccoli and cubed watermelon. My husband loved it too!

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  8. Ben Myhre

    Holy Buckets this looks like a flavorful and tasty dish! I love olives and if I can sprinkle them in, I am a happy camper.

  9. Beth

    Made this last night for my family, they Loved it! I did double the butter and oil and added about a quqrter cup of chicken stock as to have plenty of sauce to serve over angel hair pasta. I used boneless skinless thighs and they were very moist. This was easy and delicious. I will definitely make this again!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      I have used bone-in and boneless when making this recipe – it’s boneless in these pics – but it worked just as well for both, and didn’t need much more time to cook.

      1. Lars Lange

        Hi Katerina
        sorry but those pic’s look like it’s full of oil. Personally, I can not stand anything greasy.

        1. Stephanie Smith

          This dish is fun and fancy looking but way too greasy. I also think it’s important to have a good pesto,
          I thought there was enough other flavors to help pep my pesto (didn’t love my Christopher Ranch brand to start with and that was prob my error) but I think it fell a bit flat. Maybe a little more garlic, skip butter (def no butter too greasy) substitute half the cream for chicken broth as the other reviewer mentioned to help make it less heavy and find a good pesto to start with and this could be great. I’m going to experiment a few different ways, thanks a lot for the easy one pan skillet recipe, I love skillet anything 😋

  10. Linda

    This is so easy and absolutely delicious. Only took 10 min to assemble and then 20 min to cook. Served with angel hair pasta and the sauce. Yummy! Definitely a keeper

  11. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    These pictures are making me drool! I love everything about this dish! Love the pesto, olives, and that feta!

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