Chicken Pesto Flatbread

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Delicious, addicting chicken pesto flatbread with juicy tender chicken and homemade pesto. An easy, colorful meal ready in 20 minutes or less.

White plate with pesto flatbread and a spoon.
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Why Make This Chicken Pesto Flatbread

Flatbread is one of my favorite easy meals. It never disappoints and there are endless combinations for toppings and flavor. I love my BBQ Chicken Flatbread and for a vegetarian option you can try my Mediterranean Flatbread.

This Chicken Pesto flatbread can be ready so quickly. Use store bought pesto OR make it from scratch using my insanely good Spinach Walnut Pesto. Leftovers are perfect for meal prep or to freeze! I love to make the chicken from scratch for this recipe but you can cut a lot of time out by using rotisserie.

This is one of my husbands favorite work lunches I pack him, you can use naan or flatbread and it’s customizable. Another great lunch to consider are my Honey Mustard Chicken Wraps, they are a huge favorite of ours and so filling.

Ingredients Needed To Make This Recipe

Ingredients needed to make this recipe on a counter with bowls.

Flatbread. Grab your favorite flatbread or naan from the bakery section at the grocery store. This is the base of the recipe. You can also use a small pizza crust.

Pesto. I make my Spinach Walnut Pesto for this. You can use store bought if you want to cut down on time.

Seasonings. Salt, pepper, garlic, oregano, red pepper flakes (optional). This is for the chicken, omit if you are using rotisserie.

All other ingredients and measurements can be found in the recipe card below.

Recipe Variations

Chicken Breasts. Use rotisserie to cut back on time, or you can make it vegetarian and skip the chicken.

Pesto. Make your own or use store bought.

Mozzarella. You can use shredded mozzarella, balls of mozzarella or any other cheese you enjoy.

Flatbread. Use any flatbread, small pizza crust, naan bread or lavish. Just note, lavish bread is slightly harder to eat as it is a bit more thin than flatbread.

Steps To Make This Recipe

Step One. If making spinach walnut pesto, whip this us first. Other wise, cut the chicken breasts into small bite sized pieces, add to a bowl. In a small bowl mix seasoning together and pour all over the chicken and mix well. Add 1/2 tsp oil to a skillet or pan, cook chicken, tossing often for about 12-15 minutes or until cooked all through.

Step Two. While chicken is cooking, preheat oven to 375º. Add about 2 Tbsp of pesto to the chicken in the skillet, just to coat the chicken with flavor. Turn the heat down to low, simmer for 2 minutes then turn it off. Set aside.

Step Three. Add naan or flatbread to a cooking sheet.  Spread a medium/thin layer of pesto across the bread in an even layer, followed by the cheese, tomatoes and finish off with adding the chicken.

Step Four. Bake in the center rack of the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust browns a bit. Let it cool for a minute or two, slice and enjoy!

Store all leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also freeze the leftover flatbread in a ziplock or plastic wrap in the freezer for up to 2 months.

Recipe FAQs

Does this keep well?

Yes this flatbread keeps wonderfully. You can store it in the fridge or in the freezer.

How can I make this healthier?

Make this a bit healthier by using lavish bread (it’s thinner and less caloric) or using a low calorie pita or flatbread. You can also use low calorie cheese.

Recipe Tips

Don’t overload the flatbread. Try to evenly disperse things and not keep them in towards the center. This will avoid a soggy middle and uneven cook.

If making your own pesto, you can store any leftovers in a ziplock bag and freeze for up to two months! You can also do this with store bought pesto is needed.

Use rotisserie chicken to cut back on time for this recipe. If you are in a pinch with time, this is so helpful.

Recipe Pairings

Serve this flatbread with any salad of choice! I like to serve it with my Black Bean & Corn Salad, Beetroot & Feta Salad or even Balsamic Bruschetta with some crispy bread.

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White plate with pesto chicken flatbread and a spoon full of pesto.
5 from 3 votes

Chicken Pesto Flatbread

Delicious chicken pesto flatbread with juicy tender chicken and homemade pesto. An easy, colorful meal ready in 20 minutes or less. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • baking sheet
  • large skillet

Ingredients 

Pesto Chicken

  • 1-2 chicken breasts, *see notes
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp red pepper flakes, *optional
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ½ tsp olive oil
  • 2-3 Tbsp spinach walnut pesto , *see notes, more as needed

Pesto Flatbread

  • 2 flatbreads, *see notes
  • ½ cup spinach walnut pesto
  • ¾ cup mozzarella
  • ¼ cup tomatoes, sliced
  • red pepper flakes , optional
  • grated parmesan , optional

Instructions 

  • If making spinach walnut pesto, whip this us first. Other wise, cut the chicken breasts into small bite sized pieces, add to a bowl. In a small bowl mix seasoning together and pour all over the chicken and mix well. Add 1/2 tsp oil to a skillet or pan, cook chicken, tossing often for about 12-15 minutes or until cooked all through.
  • While chicken is cooking, preheat oven to 375º. Add about 2 Tbsp of pesto to the chicken in the skillet, just to coat the chicken with flavor. Turn the heat down to low, simmer for 2 minutes then turn it off. Set aside. 
  • Add naan or flatbread to a cooking sheet. Spread a medium/thin layer of pesto across the bread in an even layer, followed by the cheese, tomatoes and finish off with adding the chicken. 
  • Bake in the center rack of the oven for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust browns a bit. Let it cool for a minute or two, slice and enjoy! 

Notes

*use flatbread, low calorie pita, naan bread or lavish. 
*about 2 cups of rotisserie 
*rotisserie will also work 
*use store bought pesto to cut back on time if needed. 
Store all leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. You can also freeze the leftover flatbread in a ziplock or plastic wrap in the freezer for up to 2 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5flatbread | Calories: 335kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 56mg | Sodium: 936mg | Potassium: 270mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 1010IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 176mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 335
Keyword: 20 minute, Chicken, Flatbread
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2 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    10/10 best flatbread recipe you’ve made. I did use the homemade pesto, and it was such a delight. I even froze the leftovers as suggested. Can’t wait to use them up later.

  2. 5 stars
    This was very easy to make and very, very tasty. I made your spinach walnut pesto with it and froze half of the recipe so I cannot wait to enjoy that in a few weeks.