Brown Sugar Pesto Chicken Breasts

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Winner, winner, chicken dinner. Brown sugar pesto chicken certainly falls into this category. I can’t think of too many people that don’t like the sweetness of brown sugar and the unique richness of pesto. Combine the two with a few spices and you have a dinner that will stun your dinner guests.

I use boneless skinless breasts in the recipe because they are healthier and so much easier to work with. But there is no reason you can’t use a bone in cut such as drumsticks or thighs. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly.


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Difficulty: Intermediate Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 40 min Total Time 50 mins Servings: 4 Calories: 260 Best Season: Suitable throughout the year


Brown sugar pesto chicken breast recipe is a delicious combination of boneless skinless chicken breasts combined with brown sugar, tomato pesto, olive oil, salt, and pepper. The finished product of this recipe is absolute perfection. 



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  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F or 200 degrees C.

  2. Combine the pesto, brown sugar, olive oil, salt, and pepper to a mixing bowl. Mix until well combined. 

  3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the chicken breasts in. Spread the pesto mixture over both sides.

  4. Place the chicken in the oven a bake for about 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches about 165 degrees. 

  5. Garnish with parsley, serve, and enjoy your brown sugar pesto chicken breasts.

Nutrition Facts

Servings 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories 260kcal
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 5.1g26%
Cholesterol 69.5mg24%
Sodium 155mg7%
Potassium 176mg6%
Total Carbohydrate 5.2g2%
Sugars 7g
Protein 19.4g39%

Vitamin A 3.9 IU
Vitamin C 2.1 mg
Calcium 1.6 mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Nutritional values are a within reason estimate and my vary depending on several factors.


You can vary the types of ingredients and amounts. For example, you can use a basil pesto instead of tomato; although, I like the tomato much better. A bit of garlic, etc. could be added too. 

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Hey, I’m David Hood And I’m so happy you’re here!! So many of my favorite memories in life seem to take place around the table, especially when surrounded by people I love. And of course, all the better when nourished by some seriously delicious foodHappy Cooking! 

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