Chicken Pesto Roll Ups (VIDEO)

Must-try Chicken Pesto Roll Ups! Stuffed with cheese, juicy tomatoes and pesto! Chicken Pesto Roll Ups taste like fine dining, but are so easy to make. | natashaskitchen.com

These chicken pesto roll ups are stuffed with cheese, juicy tomatoes and pesto sauce! These taste like fine dining with Tuscan flavors but they are so easy to make.

This is my sister, Svetlana’s recipe. She sent me a photo of her dinner last week and I set out to recreate it right away. My Mother (who was trained in the culinary arts), was particularly smitten with this recipe. Mom’s rave reviews are especially valuable to me. 🙂

Watch How to Make Chicken Pesto Roll Ups:


Is your mouth watering yet??

The list of ingredients is short and and uncomplicated. P.S. We fell in love with the pesto sauce from Costco so if you haven’t tried that – add that to your shopping list (no this is not a paid promotion – we just love it and want you to discover it also).

Must-try Chicken Pesto Roll Ups! Stuffed with cheese, juicy tomatoes and pesto! Chicken Pesto Roll Ups taste like fine dining, but are so easy to make. | natashaskitchen.com

Ingredients for Chicken Pesto Roll Ups:

4 med/large (2 lbs) chicken breasts,
Garlic Salt, to taste
Black Pepper, to taste
1/2 cup (8 Tbsp) Pesto sauce (We love Costco’s pesto!)
8 oz Shredded mozzarella cheese (reserve 2 oz for topping)
1 large or 2 medium tomatos, thinly sliced into 16 rings
1 cup cherry tomatoes, optional
Fresh basil leaves, shredded, optional garnish

Must-try Chicken Pesto Roll Ups! Stuffed with cheese, juicy tomatoes and pesto! Chicken Pesto Roll Ups taste like fine dining, but are so easy to make. | natashaskitchen.com

How to Make Chicken Pesto Roll-Ups:

1. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise so you have 8 thin chicken cutlets. Pound each cutlet in a quart sized ziploc bag or between 2 sheets of plastic wrap to 1/8″ thick. Season both sides of your thin cutlets with garlic salt and black pepper.

2. Spoon and spread 1 Tbsp pesto in the center of each cutlet, top with 2 thin slices of tomato and sprinkle with 2-3 Tbsp shredded mozzarella cheese. Roll the chicken up as tightly as you can and seal ends with a toothpick.

Must-try Chicken Pesto Roll Ups! Stuffed with cheese, juicy tomatoes and pesto! Chicken Pesto Roll Ups taste like fine dining, but are so easy to make. | natashaskitchen.com

3. Preheat a large oven-safe skillet over medium/high heat with 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter. Add chicken roll-ups and sear on both sides until golden (4 min per side for a total of 8 minutes on the stove).

Must-try Chicken Pesto Roll Ups! Stuffed with cheese, juicy tomatoes and pesto! Chicken Pesto Roll Ups taste like fine dining, but are so easy to make. | natashaskitchen.com

4. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese and scatter 1 cup of baby tomatoes over the top. Place the skillet on the center rack of your preheated preheated oven and bake 425˚F for 13-15 minutes (13 minutes for these these medium chicken breasts and 15 minutes for larger chicken breasts, or until internal temperature of chicken reaches 160˚F on an instant-read thermometer.

Must-try Chicken Pesto Roll Ups! Stuffed with cheese, juicy tomatoes and pesto! Chicken Pesto Roll Ups taste like fine dining, but are so easy to make. | natashaskitchen.com

To serve, remove toothpicks then plate chicken pesto roll ups, spooning pan juices and roasted tomatoes over the top and garnish with freshly chopped basil. Serve with mashed potatoes and roasted asparagus for a fancy (but simple) dinner!

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Chicken Pesto Roll-Ups (VIDEO)

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These chicken pesto roll ups are stuffed with cheese, juicy tomatoes and pesto sauce! These taste like fine dining with Tuscan flavors but they are so easy to make.
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Skill Level: Easy
Cost To Make: $10-$13
Serving: 8 chicken roll-ups

Ingredients

  • 4 med/large (2 lbs) chicken breasts,
  • Garlic Salt, to taste
  • Black Pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup (8 Tbsp) Pesto sauce (We love Costco's pesto!)
  • 8 oz Shredded mozzarella cheese (reserve 2 oz for topping)
  • 1 large or 2 medium tomatos, thinly sliced into 16 rings
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, optional
  • Fresh basil leaves, shredded, optional garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F. Cut chicken breast in half lengthwise so you have 8 thin chicken cutlets. Pound each cutlet in a quart sized ziploc bag or between 2 sheets of plastic wrap into ⅛" thick cutlets. Season both sides of chicken with garlic salt and black pepper.
  2. Spoon and spread 1 Tbsp pesto in the center of each cutlet, top with 2 thin tomato slices and sprinkle with 2-3 Tbsp mozzarella cheese. Roll the chicken up tightly and seal ends with a toothpick.
  3. Preheat large oven-safe skillet over medium/high heat with 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter. Add chicken roll-ups and sear on both sides until golden (4 min per side or 8 minutes total on the stove).
  4. Sprinkle tops with remaining cheese and 1 cup of cherry tomatoes. Place the skillet on the center rack of oven and bake 425˚F for 13-15 minutes (13 min for these these medium chicken breasts and 15 min for larger chicken breasts, or until internal temp of chicken reaches 160˚F on instant-read thermometer.

Notes

To serve, remove toothpicks then plate chicken pesto roll-ups, spooning pan juices and roasted tomatoes over the top and garnish with freshly chopped basil. Serve with mashed potatoes and asparagus for a fancy (but simple) dinner!

If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pics of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Hashtag them #natashaskitchen

Must-try Chicken Pesto Roll Ups! Stuffed with cheese, juicy tomatoes and pesto! Chicken Pesto Roll Ups taste like fine dining, but are so easy to make. | natashaskitchen.com

P.S. These reheat really well if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers! I hope you and your family love these easy, excellent chicken pesto roll-ups.

Love chicken? Check out all of our favorite chicken recipes HERE.

Must-try Chicken Pesto Roll Ups! Stuffed with cheese, juicy tomatoes and pesto! Chicken Pesto Roll Ups taste like fine dining, but are so easy to make. | natashaskitchen.com

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  • Margie
    January 15, 2018

    Can u include nutrition information Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 15, 2018

      Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you Margie! Reply

  • Chrsty Denton
    January 10, 2018

    My family loves this dish! I added fresh garlic and spinach to the roll ups! So yummy! Thanks for sharing ☺ Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 10, 2018

      You’re welcome Christy! I’m glad to hear the recipe is such a hit. Thanks for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • Patricia
    January 7, 2018

    This reciepe is now a week day dinner staple. Love it! Thank you. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 7, 2018

      You’re welcome Patricia! I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing! 🙂 Reply

  • Elena
    January 6, 2018

    delicious! they turned out really good, Thanks Natasha for sharing your wonderful recipes. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 7, 2018

      You’re welcome Elena! I’m glad you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

  • Laura
    December 27, 2017

    WOW! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! Definitely a recipe to impress when having company over.
    I learned that its important to make sure to pound the chicken slices thinner then you think they should be so theres no pink in the middle. Used a mandolin slicer to slice really thin tomatoes–made it easier to roll up. Oh…and my house smelled like an Italian restaurant. 🙂 My family LOVED these! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂 Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 28, 2017

      My pleasure Laura! I’m glad to hear how much you enjoy the recipe. Thanks for sharing your fantastic review with other readers! Reply

  • Stephanie Marsh
    December 27, 2017

    This is the best!!! I have made it several times and it’s a great dish. It’s an easy delicious, foolproof dish. For anyone who likes pesto, this is a GREAT dish to make. It’s easy to follow the recipe and you can’t go wrong with it. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 28, 2017

      I’m happy to hear how much you love the recipe Stephanie! Thanks for sharing your excellent review with other readers! Reply

  • w
    December 27, 2017

    I didn’t bother with the oven. Folded the tenderized chicken on over the pesto and mozzarella, (no tomates) and skillet fried on low heat with butter. Added lemon the end for a brown butter lemon sauce. Excellent. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 27, 2017

      I’m happy to hear the recipe is a success. Thanks for sharing your great review! Reply

    • Ann
      January 4, 2018

      I haven’t tried yet, but I think I would stick with the stove…adding a cup of white wine and letting it reduce to half would give a lovely sauce…very similar to a basic chicken in white wine sauce but I love the stuffing of pesto, tomatoes, and cheese…definitely going to try! Reply

  • Lisa
    December 27, 2017

    Do you know how many calories this didn’t would be, approx. per chicken? Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 27, 2017

      Due to time constraints, I don’t typically include nutritional info, but check out this nutrition analyzer – you can plug in the ingredients from any recipe, select the serving size and it will give you nutritional info, calories, etc. I hope that is helpful to you! Reply

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