Pesto Chicken Quinoa Bowls

6 servings


1 hour

total time


1 tablespoon dried Italian seasoning

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 ¼ teaspoons salt

¾ teaspoon ground pepper

½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs

2 medium zucchini, sliced into 1/2-inch-thick half-moons

2 cups cherry tomatoes

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

1 ¾ cups water

1 cup white quinoa

½ cup prepared basil pesto

Thinly sliced fresh basil for garnish


Preheat oven to 400ºF. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil. Combine Italian seasoning, garlic, salt, pepper and crushed red pepper in a small bowl.

Toss chicken, zucchini, tomatoes, oil and the Italian seasoning mixture together in a large bowl until evenly coated. Arrange chicken and vegetables in a single layer on the prepared baking sheet.

Roast until the zucchini is tender, the tomatoes start to burst and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 165°F, about 20 minutes. Remove from oven; let cool for about 10 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and shred, using 2 forks.

Meanwhile, combine water and quinoa in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer until the liquid is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Transfer the cooked quinoa and the roasted vegetables (with any juices from the baking sheet) to a large bowl. Add pesto; gently fold together until well combined. Divide the mixture among 6 bowls. Top evenly with the shredded chicken; garnish with basil, if desired.


Serving Size



327 kcal

Total Fat

21 g

Saturated Fat

4 g

Unsaturated Fat

0 g

Trans Fat



104 mg


783 mg

Total Carbohydrate

15 g

Dietary Fiber

3 g

Total Sugars

4 g


23 g

6 servings


1 hour

total time
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