Chicken Pesto Bakes Meal Prep

5 from 6 votes

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The most viral single serve meal prep recipe to date is our Chicken Pesto Bakes! Over 20 million views across all platforms and now seen all over! These are so easy to throw together and really tasty! Prep these chicken pesto bakes for the work week or for your family for dinner and easily hit your daily protein goal. These chicken pesto bakes are super customizable and fun to make!

WHY MEAL PREP

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INGREDIENTS

  • Chicken Breasts – I usually use breasts, but thighs would be great too! Just keep in mind if tracking your macros that each bowl will yield about 4.5 grams of fat more per serving (bowl).
  • Rice – I prefer basmati or jasmine. You just don’t want to use brown for these chicken bakes because it takes too long to cook and will overcook your chicken.
  • Pesto– I used Classico brand but often just use the Kirkland. I’ve found that the macros for most pesto is very similar so I wouldn’t stress about what brand you’re using.
  • Plain Non Fat Greek Yogurt
  • Chicken Broth
  • Cherry Tomatoes – Of course you can use diced tomatoes instead if you have them.
  • Mozzarella Cheese– I like to shred mine myself off the block for the best melty goodness.
  • Salt & Pepper

RECIPE TIPS

  1. Keep the rice on the bottom -Try to make sure most of the rice is submerged in the liquid beneath the chicken before baking. This will help insure the rice cooks fully.
  2. Don’t over cook! -Don’t cook longer than 40 minutes or your chicken will be overdone and dry.

VEGETABLE OPTIONS

If you don’t like tomatoes , remember that these meal prep bowls are highly customizable. I’ve seen many others remake this one with peas. Here are a few other ideas for substitutions or additions:

  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Diced squash
  • Green beans
  • Diced carrots
  • Diced Asparagus

RICE SUBSTITUTIONS

  • Riced cauliflower (leave out the chicken broth)
  • Quinoa

NUTRITIONAL INFORMATION / MACROS

Makes 5 servings
Serving size: 1 bowl
390 cal / 41.4p / 25.9c / 15.2f

HOW TO FIND IN MYFITNESSPAL OR THE MACROSFIRST APP

Search the food database in either app for, Stay Fit Mom Pesto Chicken Bakes.

MEAL PREP SUPPLIES USED

4 cup glass bowls -Make sure the bowls you’re purchasing are oven safe. They will say so on the label if purchasing in store.

Half size sheet pan – This is the perfect size for 5, 4 cup glass bowls. You can of course use a full size sheet pan but your bowls will slide around. I wish I could find a link for my cute white sheet pan in the images and video but I can’t. I bought it at Home Goods a few years ago.

RICE TROUBLESHOOTING

If you have trouble getting your rice to cook you’re not alone. Unfortunately not all ovens work the same.  Here are some suggestions for making these bakes work for you. Finding a solution is worth the effort!

  1. Try rinsing and soaking your rice 1-2 hours before cooking.
  2. Cover your bowls with foil when baking. 
  3. Parboil your rice or purchase and use parboiled or quick rice.
  4. Cook rice separately and add after baking the chicken. 
  5. Cook your chicken  bake all in one dish, covered, then divide into 5 servings. 

REHEATING INSTRUCTIONS

These bowls can easily be reheated right in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. If you prefer, reheat the oven and warm them back up for about 10 minutes.

FREEZING INSTRUCTIONS

Easily freeze these Tuscan Chicken Bakes. Let them cool, cover with the lid, and store for up to a month in the freezer. Make sure you always let the bowls defrost some before putting them in the microwave so they don’t crack.

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5 from 6 votes

Chicken Pesto Bakes

Our most viral chicken bake meal prep to date! These are a must try and so good!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Servings: 3
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Equipment

Ingredients 

  • 10 tablespoons rice, uncooked (Basmati)
  • 25 ounces boneless skinless chicken breast, diced
  • 5 tablespoons pesto, Classico
  • 5 tablespoons plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1 & 1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 10 ounces cherry tomatoes
  • 1 & 1/4 cup mozzarella cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and arrange 5 oven safe containers on a cookie sheet.
  • To each container add 2 tablespoons rice, 5 ounces chicken, 1 tablespoon of both pesto and yogurt, and 1/4 cup of broth. Stir well.
  • Top each with 2 ounces of tomatoes and 1/4 cup of the cheese.
  • Bake in the oven for about 40 minutes, or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees and the rice is cooked.
  • Let cool before covering with lids and placing in the refrigerator. Reheat in the microwave for 2-3 minutes.

Notes

  • Search the Myfitnesspal or MacrosFirst app food databases for Stay Fit Mom Pesto Chicken Bakes to log in your food diary.
  • Bulk up with some extra rice. For every extra tablespoon of uncooked rice you add to your bowl, add an additonal 8.8g of carbs and 0.8g of protein. Don’t forget to keep the 2:1 ratio of rice to broth.
  • Add extra veggies to get in some extra micronutrients!
  • Freeze a few if you won’t eat them in time. Store in the freezer up to 30 days. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl, Calories: 390kcal, Carbohydrates: 25.9g, Protein: 41.4g, Fat: 1.2g, Fiber: 1g
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18 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Hi, I’ve had a hard time finding delicious meal prep that you can combine, bake and eat out the same bowl 🙂 I am a single empty nester and hate coming home and cooking for one, so I have been googling sites and yours came up. Not only is this dish yummy but I have found other meal prep recipes that I want to try on your site. Only made one bowl to make sure I liked it and now am cooking the rest tomorrow. BTW I used thighs , next time will try with breasts and additional veggies . I’m curious in the recipe up top it says 3 servings did I miss something. Thanks for all you do .

    1. Hi Karin! I’m glad you’re enjoying these recipes! I’ll have to look over the recipe post again, it should be for 5 servings. Thanks for the review! Enjoy all the recipes!

    1. Hi Kaylee I included freezing instructions in the post above. Let them cool, cover with the lid, and store for up to a month in the freezer. Make sure you always let the bowls defrost some before putting them in the microwave so they don’t crack.

  2. My friend raved about this recipe so I want to make it for my family. Will it work if I put all the ingredients in a single large casserole dish instead of making individual dishes?

    1. Hi Sherri! Yes I’ve seen many people make it in one big casserole dish. Cooking time should be the same (about 40 minutes or until rice is cooked).

  3. Do you have recommendations of vegetables that could be easily added to this? Trying to increase our consumption. But really looking forward to making it! Just bought all the containers and everything!

    1. Hi Justine! We actually listed a lot of good ideas for additional veggies right in the post. I’ll paste below!
      Peas
      Broccoli
      Cauliflower
      Diced squash
      Green beans
      Diced carrots
      Diced Asparagus

  4. I have been using 1/3 cup chicken stock and bake for 45 minutes and the rice is perfect! I know all ovens vary but this has worked for me. I have made some many of your recipes and they are easy, fabulous, and my husband loves them too. I love that they are high protein but calorie conscience. Thank-you!