Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken with Potatoes, Broccoli and Carrots

SHEET PAN PARMESAN PESTO CHICKEN WITH POTATOES, BROCCOLI AND CARROTS IS A SATISFYING FLAVOR BURSTING MEAL-IN-ONE AND IS SO RIDICULOUSLY EASY WITH PANTRY INGREDIENTS!!  

This practically one pan prep Parmesan Pesto Chicken recipe makes the ideal dinner for those busy nights or anytime you want hassle free yummylicious eats!  You can also prep most of the recipe ahead of time for a lightening quick dinner! 

How to make Pesto Chicken Recipe

Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken with Potatoes, Broccoli and Carrots

I really wanted to call this One Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken with Potatoes, Broccoli and Carrots, instead of Sheet Pan, because you only use ONE pan and ONE bowl to prep this meal – that’s it!   So can we say its one-pan-ish?

Regardless of its name, this Baked Parmesan Pesto Chicken Recipe is uber convenient to make and to clean up.  Its for either those busy, hectic nights OR those so tired, just-want-to-finally-sit nights when making dinner sounds exhausting.   So, we might as well call it save-the-day-Parmesan Pesto Chicken Recipe.  or you can just call it yum.

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Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken with Potatoes, Broccoli and Carrots on a pan and wood spoon.

This baked pesto chicken and veggies does require some chopping – so you can either pull up a chair, enlist a child or husband, or have some broccoli, carrots and chicken already chopped and ready to go and then it can be prepped in minutes.  You can even chop your potatoes beforehand, just be sure to keep them refrigerated in cold water so they don’t turn brown.  But even if you don’t chop beforehand, its less than 20 minutes of mindless work in exchange for full, happy, satisfied, singing-your-praises-bellies.

Showing how to make Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken with Potatoes, Broccoli and Carrots by baking it on a sheet pan.

Now all the convenience of a sheet pan meal doesn’t mean a whole lot if it doesn’t taste good and your family won’t eat it.  So let me put your minds at ease – this Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken and Veggies is not only easy but its SO CRAVILICIOUS!!  The wonderfully delectable custom pesto seasoning mix envelops the chicken and veggies and seeps into the bite size morsels as they bake so the sheet pan emerges with flavor infused juicy, tender chicken, roasted broccoli, fork tender carrots and melt in your mouth potatoes all blanketed in Parmesan.  I listed ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan in the ingredients, but feel free to go crazy and add more if you would like.

Baked Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken with Potatoes, Broccoli and Carrots.

To achieve this dynamite flavor, we first mix our Basil Pesto (I love the one from Costco, always keep it stocked), with some minced garlic, Dijon mustard, chili powder, salt, pepper and my secret ingredient – ranch seasoning mix!  It add a little tang of something-something and infuses the chicken and veggies with flavor without tasting like “ranch.”

Next, add 2 tablespoons of this pesto mix to your baking sheet along with your potatoes.  Toss to coat and roast for 15 minutes to give them a head start as the potatoes require longer cooking than the rest of the ingredients.  Be sure to chop your potatoes into 1/2-1″ cubes, no larger so they will be tender when the rest of the ingredients are done cooking.  Meanwhile, I like to use this time to finish chopping the rest of my chicken and veggies.  Next, add your chicken, carrots and broccoli to the remaining Pesto Mix and toss to coat.  Remove the potatoes from the oven and add your pesto coated chicken, carrots and broccoli to the pan and roast another 15 minutes.

Top with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, return to the oven to melt.  And that’s it for Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken with Potatoes, Broccoli and Carrots!  A wonderfully easy, comforting meal with layers of flavor you will be making again and again.

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Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken, Potatoes, Broccoli and Carrots bursting with flavor and SO EASY!! practically one pan prep making this ideal weeknight meal!

Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken, Broccoli and Carrots

Sheet Pan Parmesan Pesto Chicken with Potatoes, Broccoli and Carrots is a satisfying flavor bursting MEAL-IN-ONE and is SO ridiculously EASY with pantry ingredients!!  This practically one pan prep meal makes the ideal dinner for those busy nights or anytime you want hassle free yummylicious eats!
Servings: 4 -6servings
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes

Ingredients

Chicken and Vegetables

  • 2 cups red potatoes 1/2″ up to 1″ inch cubes (no bigger!)
  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken breasts cut into 1 1/2” chunks
  • 3 cups broccoli medium size florets
  • 1 cup THINLY sliced carrots
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Pesto Mix

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Whisk together all of the Pesto Mix ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Set aside.*
  • Line a Jelly Roll Pan (21×15) with foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. Add potatoes and 2 tablespoons Pesto Mix. Toss until evenly combined then spread in a single layer. Roast potatoes for 15-20 minutes depending on size.
  • In the meantime, chop your chicken and other veggies then add chicken, broccoli and carrots to large bowl with Pesto Mix and stir until evenly coated.
  • Remove pan from oven and push potatoes to one side of the pan (keep in a single layer). Add coated chicken, broccoli and carrots and spread in a single layer.
  • Bake for 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven and evenly sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Return to oven and bake 5 additional minutes OR until chicken is cooked through, and vegetables are tender. Broil if desired to brown cheese and vegetables.

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Notes

*I used a small bowl in the FB video but realized later if we use a large bowl instead, we save cleaning a dish!

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43 Comments

  1. Angie says

    Seriously–when are you going to come out with your own cookbook/show?
    Every recipe that I have tried of yours has been soooo good!

    • Jen says

      You are SO nice Angie, thank you, thank you! I LOVE your comments and that you are enjoying my recipes! No plans yet, but I’ll let you know if anything changes 🙂

  2. Dawn says

    Hi Jen, Will the chicken be done all the way through or have you cooked it a bit in a skillet beforehand? Thanks!

    • Jen says

      Hi Dawn! They are small pieces so they will be all cooked through 🙂

    • Jenny says

      I don’t typically comment on recipes but I had to for this. We loved this meal! It was super filling and tasty. Everything was cooked perfectly. I will save thus recipe and share with others! Thank you!

      • Jen says

        Thank you so much for taking the time to comment Jenny! I love hearing this dinner was such a winner!

    • Jen says

      Awesome Anna, I hope you loved it! Sheet pans are so versatile, I am having a hard time wanting to post anything else lately!

  3. Angela says

    Thank you for this great recipe, Jen! My mom watches my kids while I’m at work and wanted her to get this started when my daughter is napping mid-day, so I can just come home and throw in the oven to reheat. Do you think it would be wise to just have her cook the potatoes ahead of time and then do the step to bake the rest with everything else when I get home? Or will it reheat nicely in the oven after it is already fully cooked? I’m just afraid of overcooking the chicken if I try to reheat it after it is fully cooked. Sorry if this is an odd question!! Thanks in advance!

    • Jen says

      Sorry Angela, I thought I had responded but apparently not! I would have her just cook the potatoes ahead of time and have everything ready to be baked once you get home as I am afraid because the chicken is so small it will have the tendency to dry out easier. Hope this helps!

  4. Kim says

    I made this for dinner tonight. WOW! It was bursting with flavor and easy to put together after a long day at work. Definitely a keeper.

    • Jen says

      Awesome Kim, I’m so glad it was easy to whip together and that you loved it! thank you!

  5. Layne says

    This will totally be one of those recipes I keep in my back pocket for busy weeknights. Super delicious, Jen!

    • Jen says

      Thank you Layne! That is exactly what I was hoping for this recipe – an easy throw together last minute meal that’s still delish!

  6. Ashley says

    This is so good! Thank you for sharing! Love your recipes!!!

    • Jen says

      You are so so welcome Ashely, thanks for trying my recipes and commenting! So happy this was a winner!

  7. Rita says

    Hi Jen,
    Can Yukon gold potatoes be subbed for red potatoes? I just love the flavor better!

    • Jen says

      Absolutely Rita, those would be delicious!

  8. Susan E says

    Fantastic! I made this tonight and it was so easy yet so good! I’m adding this to the rotation.

    • Jen says

      Awesome! I love it when a recipe makes it into the rotation – it likes it becomes part of family memories! Thank you Susan!

  9. Amanda says

    I’m not a big mustard fan. Can you taste the mustard and If so is it possible to take out?

    • Jen says

      Hi Amanda! It definitely doesn’t taste like mustard but adds a dimension of flavor – you can leave it out if you like or use less 🙂 ENjoy!

  10. Mallory says

    Hi! Is it a basil pesto pasta or a sauce?

    • Jen says

      Hi Mallory! I am assuming you are asking about the 1/3 cup basil pesto – that is a sauce that comes in a jar 🙂

    • Jen says

      Hi Mallory! I am assuming you are asking about the 1/3 cup basil pesto – that is a sauce that comes in a jar 🙂

  11. Sherri says

    Hi! Can I use regular ranch instead of the dry mix? If so how much of it should I use? Thanks! 🙂

    • Jen says

      Hi Sherri, I wouldn’t use regular ranch as the seasoning mix is a concentrated ranch flavor and using enough ranch to achieve the same flavor will make everything too ‘wet” – sorry!

  12. Crissy says

    I love sheet pan dinners! I bought a pesto I dislike so I used a little italian dressing instead. The sauce was so flavorful and the timing of the cooking was perfect. Everything was evenly cooked, I loved this and will make it again for sure.

    • Jen says

      Hi Crissy, I am so sorry at my delayed response as I was in the hospital when I received it and have been so behind ever since but I SO appreciate your comment! I love your idea of using Italian dressing instead of pesto – I am going to have to try that sometime! I’m so happy this is a repeat!

  13. Paolina says

    This was so fantastic. With a four month old, your easy sheet pan dinners have been making a regular rotation in our house! We also love the lemon garlic butter shrimp & asparagus. Your foil packs are also on the menu this week

    • Jen says

      Awesome Paolina, I’m so happy you enjoyed this Sheet Pan dinner as well as the Shrimp and Asparagus! I have a Sheet Pan Teriyaki Shrimp and Pineapple recipe I’ll be posting soon that hopefully will help make your life easier and more delicoius as well 🙂 Hope you love the foil packets just as much!

  14. Rachel says

    I absolutely love his recipe!! Have you ever tried freezing it? I’m doing a freezer meal exchange club and thinking about using this recipe if it’ll freeze well!

    • Jen says

      Hi Rachel, I’m so glad you love this recipe! I believe this should freeze well as all the individual components freeze well – so I think its safe bet. Enjoy!

  15. bill cekala says

    Can you post the nutritional values especially sodium, i’m a heart patient and have to limit my sodium. I don’t have any other limitations so fat, sugar, etc doesn’t matter, just sodium

    PS will I get an email when you reply on your coments page or will you email the answer to me.

  16. Angie B says

    Loved this! I subbed asparagus for the broccoli per hubby’s preference, and it was a hit! I bought a bag of sliced carrots to save myself some chopping, but I think they were too thick because they weren’t quite done. I’ll have to remember to throw them on earlier next time. There will definitely be a next time!

    • Jen says

      I’m so happy you loved it Angie and were able to substitute the broccoli with asparagus – yum! And yay for a next time!

  17. Leanne says

    I can’t use ranch seasoning mix due to food sensitivities. Do you have any suggestions of seasonings I could use instead?

    • Jen says

      Hi Leanne, I would google homemade ranch seasoning and use that instead. Enjoy!

  18. Trinity says

    Is it okay to use frozen veggies instead of fresh, if so would that change the cooking time? Looking forward to trying this!

    • Jen says

      Hi Trinity, I haven’t tried using frozen vegetables but I imagine they would work just fine. I would follow the cooking time per your frozen veggie instructions and add them/the chicken when needed. Enjoy!

  19. Carolyn says

    This was such a delicious meal! I had leftover pesto from the Lemon Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine. I wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it and I stumbled upon this recipe on the blog. Oh my goodness! It was so easy to make and so flavorful! I actually forgot the Parmesan at the end, but it didn’t matter. It was flavorful enough without it! Will definitely be making again and will make sure to add Parmesan this time! Also, I’ve tried ~10 of your recipes and they do not ever disappoint. You are now my go-to for new recipes!

    • Jen says

      Thanks so much for the awesome review Carolyn, I’m so pleased this sheet pan is a new repeat favorite! Thank you especially for your kind words! I’m honored you have made and loved so many of my recipes!

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