Chicken Pesto Pizza

In this Chicken Pesto Pizza, chicken is sauteed with zucchini and bell peppers and placed on top of a crust with a nut free basil sauce then cheese.

Chicken Pesto Pizza

When I saw this recipe for Pesto Pizza, I knew I had to try it. The combination of the vegetables, chicken, and Italian seasoning that is cooked together before put on the pizza just sounded great.

slice of Chicken Pesto Pizza

This dinner was so delicious, and very adaptable to any kind of vegetable you want to throw in. I had some Trader Joe’s refrigerated pizza dough, so I used that. For some reason, I don’t have much luck with this dough . . . it always sticks to the pan – even if I put copious amounts of olive oil underneath – and who wants to do that?! (UPDATE: Try parchment paper!)

slice of Chicken Pesto Pizza

Bob and I both agreed that a more substantial crust was necessary to stand up to these ingredients. He even came up with an awesome variation that we are going to try next (UPDATE: Chicken Pizza with Nut Free Pesto)

Recipe Details

Nut Free Basil Mixture

The original recipe calls for using prepared pesto as the pizza sauce. Many brands of store bought pesto contain pine nuts. Due to my nut allergy, I made a quick basil mixture. I had some basil puree in a tube that I mixed with Parmesan cheese and olive oil. For a nut free pesto that uses fresh basil, see my Nut Free Pesto. If you are not cooking for someone with a nut allergy, feel free to use any kind of prepared pesto.

Chicken and Vegetable Topping

The topping for this pizza consists of pieces of chicken breast sauteed with Italian seasoning and then a bunch of chopped veggies are added with more seasoning. The vegetables include onions, zucchini, and different colored bell peppers.

Bob was watching a show about Venetian food on the Travel Channel as I was preparing this dinner, can you tell I was inspired?

vegetables arranged to look like Italian flag

There is a cutting mat underneath those veggies, I promise!

Italian flag graphic


Check out these other pizza crust recipes:
Traditional Pizza Crust
Thin Crust Pizza
Cauliflower Pizza Crust
Quick Homemade No Yeast Pizza Crust

And pizza topping ideas:
Turkey Bacon, Sausage, and Pepperoni Deluxe Pizza
Chicken Pizza with Nut Free Pesto
BBQ Chicken Pizza

Chicken Pesto Pizza

Chicken Pesto Pizza (Nut Free)

In this Chicken Pesto Pizza, chicken is sauteed with zucchini and bell peppers and placed on top of a crust with nut free bail sauce then mozzarella cheese.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Italian
Servings 1 large pizza


  • pizza stone
  • parchment paper


For the Basil Mixture:

  • 1/2 tablespoon store bought basil puree
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For the Pizza:

  • 1 tablespoon grapeseed or olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts (cut into small pieces)
  • 1 tablespoon (Italian or pizza seasoning, divided)
  • 1 medium zucchini (diced)
  • 1 yellow onion (diced)
  • 1 red pepper (diced)
  • 1 green pepper (diced)
  • 1/2 orange pepper (diced)
  • ~2-3 tablespoons basil mixture (see below)
  • 1 cup (give or take, shredded mozzarella cheese)
  • 1/2 batch homemade pizza crust recipe (see note, or prepared crust)


  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Place a pizza stone on a lower middle rack.

Prepare Basil Mixture:

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the basil puree, Parmesan, and olive oil.
  • Set aside and make the chicken and veggie mixture.

Prepare Pizza Topping:

  • Heat the oil over medium/high heat, and cook the chicken for a few minutes. Sprinkle with 1/2 tablespoon seasoning.
  • Before chicken is cooked through, add vegetables and remaining 1/2 tablespoon seasoning. Cook until chicken is done and veggies are tender.

Assemble and Bake Pizza:

  • Roll out dough on a piece of parchment paper. Prebake crust for a few minutes on a pizza stone, keeping the dough on the parchment even in the oven.
  • Spread basil mixture evenly over pizza crust. Top with chicken/veggie mixture and mozzarella cheese. Bake for 5 minutes or until cheese melts.


Thick and Chewy Homemade Pizza Crust recipe and Thin Crust Pizza recipe
Source: Adapted from Meet Me in the Kitchen
You’re Gonna Bake It After All
Keyword chicken, Italian, pizza

9 thoughts on “Chicken Pesto Pizza”

  • Yum – looks amazing Meghan! Pesto pizza is just so good!

    I also really love the new picture at the top of your blog – the chocolate dripping over the side of the cake makes my mouth water 🙂

  • Your pizza looks great. I have a few tips on the pizza crust.

    If you take it out of the fridge, let it sit in the bag on the counter until it gets to room temperature. If its too cold, when you roll it out, it will not stay, and come right back to you.

    If you are cooking it on a cookie sheet, don’t use olive oil, but coat the sheet with corn meal. That will make the pizza slide off after cooking. Using the olive oil will make it absorb too much into the dough which is why it will stick.

    My sister makes the best pizzas ever and I used to have the same problem, and now I don’t! Good luck with that next time. :0)

  • This looks great, even though I don’t really like peppers. You might have a future career in food photography, Meghan! I love the pics and creative setup of the ingredients!

  • P.S. – Is that new font on the title of the blog the same font you and Bob used for your wedding invitations? It looks familiar. 🙂

  • Thanks everyone!

    Jenn – thanks for the tips! They are very helpful. I actually just bought some corn meal so I will try this next time!

    Lisa – haha thanks, but unfortunately in the food blogging world my pictures are between sub-par and par 🙂 Yes it is the font from our wedding invites – you have a great memory!!

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