Pesto Chicken with Basil Cream

Pesto chicken with basil cream is a divinely delicious meal that is impressive but easy to prepare. It is perfect for entertaining.

The nice thing about this recipe is that it shows the versatility of several other recipes found on BasilBasics. We did use this collection of recipes in a recent get-together and it was a big hit. Give it a try at your next event.


  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/4 inch thick
  • 8 prosciutto slices
  • 1/2 cup basil pesto
  • 4 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • Basil cream sauce


Place 1 slice of prosciutto on top of 1 chicken breast. Spread 1 Tablespoon of pesto over the top. Roll the breast, beginning with one small side. Secure with a toothpick that has been soaked in water to prevent burning. Continue until all of the chicken breasts have been prepared this way.

Place the chicken breasts in a casserole dish and drizzle them with 3 Tablespoons of the lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine the olive oil, garlic, 1 Tablespoon lemon juice and pepper. Pour over the chicken. Cover with foil and bake for 20 to 30 minutes.

While the chicken is baking, prepare the Basil Cream Sauce.

Remove chicken from oven and arrange onto a serving platter. Pour basil cream sauce over the top and serve.

Other Basil Recipe Dinner Ideas

BasilBasics has a whole range of basil dinner recipes you might want to give a try, from chicken dishes to pasta dishes and Thai recipes. There are even basil recipes you can fix quickly when you are pinched for time. These recipes are signified with a "*". Give them a try and we'd love to hear what you think. You can leave your thoughts at the bottom of the page.

Pasta with Chicken and Basil Cream Tomato, Basil & Feta Omelette
Mustard Basil Chicken Tomato, Basil & Garlic Chicken
Tomato Basil Pasta Basil Pasta, Chicken and Mushrooms
Linguine, Tomatoes and Basil Cream Summer Basil Pasta Salad
Breezy Summer Pasta
Tomato Brie Pasta
Basil Pasta Salad with Arugula Creamy Pasta Casserole
Thai Basil Chicken Thai Basil Fried Rice
Torta Caprese* Cheesy Spaghetti Squash*
Creamy Pasta Casserole* The Roman Panini*
Tomato Basil Hamburgers with Mushrooms* Quick Broccoli with Basil Mushrooms*

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