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Easy Pesto Chicken Salad

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This pesto chicken salad is a great way to use fresh pesto up and make a summer chicken salad that is bursting with pesto flavor.

The chicken salad is great served over greens for a lunch or a light dinner but is also fantastic stuffed between ciabatta bread, and scooped with crackers for an easy snack.

And if you love recipes that combine pesto and chicken, try my pesto chicken breast with mozzarella.

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Pesto Chicken Salad

  • Author: Emily Dingmann of myeverydaytable.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 23 servings 1x
  • Category: Lunch
  • Method: Skillet
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Diet: Gluten Free
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  • 1 pound chicken breast or tenders
  • 1/2 cup mayonaise
  • 1/3 cup prepared pesto
  • salt & pepper


  1. Cook chicken as desired. I poached mine in white wine, water and seasonings.
  2. Let chicken cool and shred.
  3. Combine chicken, mayonaise and pesto.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Serve over greens, on bread or with crackers.

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  1. Alyse

    I had some Just Bare chicken recently, too! We really enjoyed it 🙂 I usually do a curried chicken salad, because I’m a sucker for all things curry. I usually try to find mayo-free recipes (or substitute yogurt) because I’m not a mayo fan.

    Love the pesto in this recipe!

  2. eliza

    mine’s very similar, though i keep my chicken in chunkier shreds and throw in toasted pine nuts and cubed granny smith apple pieces. i’m not normally a fruit in savory foods kinda girl, but the apple makes all the difference in the world to this salad!