Pesto Chicken Marinade Recipe

Want to infuse the delicious flavors of garlic and basil into your chicken? This pesto chicken marinade is the recipe you need!


  • 1/2 cup store-bought pesto sauce, or 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 tablespoon pine nuts*
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • 1 1/2lbs chicken, thighs or breasts


  1. Place the ingredients to make the pesto sauce in the blender or food processor and blend until semi-smooth. If you buy it, scoop out the sauce into a zip bag.
  2. Place the pesto sauce and chicken in a large zip bag and seal to close.
  3. Marinate the chicken in the refrigerator for one hour up to overnight.
  4. When ready to cook, remove the zip bag from the fridge and cook the chicken in your preferred method.
  5. Discard any excess pesto left in the bag.



You can make pesto without pine nuts by swapping them with almonds, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and more.