Cilantro Pesto Chicken Pizza

Kristi Bell


My hubby loves this recipe. The kids not so much. On half of the pizza dough, I do cheese and pizza sauce.

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Want to up the game for Friday pizza night? Then you need to try this pesto pizza. Our whole crew loved it. The pesto is fresh tasting packed with cilantro and garlic. A nice change from traditional pizza sauce. Taco seasoning added to the chicken helps add a bold flavor. The tomatoes and sliced red onion add even more fresh flavor. Shredded Colby jack is a delicious cheese option. A nice summertime pizza. Test Kitchen Avatar The Test Kitchen


★★★★★ 2 votes

20 Min
30 Min


  • 1 can(s)
    refrigerated thin-crust pizza dough
  • 1 lb
    chicken tenderloins, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp
    taco seasoning mix
  • 2 Tbsp
    vegetable oil
  • 1 pkg
    shredded Colby Jack cheese, 8 oz
  • 1/2 c
    tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 c
    thinly sliced red onion
  • ·
    taco sauce, as garnish
  • ·
    sour cream, as garnish
  • ·
    cilantro pesto, recipe below

  • 2 c
    cilantro leaves
  • 2
    jalapenos, seeded and minced
  • 3 clove
    garlic, minced
  • 2 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp
    fresh lime juice

How to Make Cilantro Pesto Chicken Pizza


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Prepare the cilantro pesto. In the work bowl of a food processor, combine cilantro, jalapenos, garlic, oil, and lime juice. Process until mixture is almost smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl.
  3. Unroll pizza crust on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 5 minutes.
  4. Spread Cilantro Pesto evenly over crust, leaving a 1/2 inch border.
  5. In a medium bowl, combine chicken and taco seasoning.
  6. In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Place chicken evenly over pesto.
  8. Top evenly with cheese, tomatoes, and onion.
  9. Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or until crust is browned and cheese is melted and bubbly. Garnish with taco sauce and sour cream, if desired.

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About Cilantro Pesto Chicken Pizza

Course/Dish: Chicken Pizza
Regional Style: Italian
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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