Pesto Bacon Chicken
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Bacon-Wrapped Pesto Chicken - This super easy Whole30, Keto, Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free main dish looks fancy without a lot of work. Can be made in the oven, on the grill, or air fryer and is kid-friendly too!

Pesto Bacon Chicken for our anniversary dinner tonight because it combines several things I love (pesto. bacon.) in an easy delicious bundle. Whole30, Paleo, Keto, gluten-free, dairy-free. Looks so fancy, taste is on point, but I didn’t have to slave in the kitchen forever for it! #winwin.

Works great in the oven, on the grill, or in the airfryer. If you have pesto on hand, it becomes a 3-ingredient recipe!


Pesto Bacon Chicken

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
5 from 2 votes


  • 1 pound chicken breast cut into strips
  • 1 package bacon sugar-free if doing a Whole30
  • 1 batch pesto*


  • Marinate sliced chicken breast in pesto for at least 30 minutes (up to overnight).
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. If you have a cooling rack, place inside a rimmed baking sheet - cooking the chicking on the cooking rack will allow the grease to drip underneath and the chicken to get crispy. Don't have a cooling rack? Just use parchment paper and flip halfway through.
  • Wrap in your favorite bacon, tucking ends of bacon inside of itself or under the chicken as you place on baking sheet.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes (depending on how big the chicken strips are, until cooked through), broiling on high for 5 minutes at the end if you love crispy bacon (I do!)
  • AIRFRYER modification - prepare in same way, but cook in an air fryer (bacon seam down, single layer) at 350 degrees for 16-18 minutes, flipping once as needed, until chicken is cooked and bacon is desired level of crispy. Chicken can also be cooked on the grill!
  • That's it. Could this recipe get any easier?!


Find my dairy-free Whole30 Compliant pesto recipe here.  


  1. 5 stars
    Simply to make and delicious! Made a batch for my work lunches, and my husband was stealing some before I could pack them up. Needless to say we both like them!

    • I’m so happy they were one your husband couldn’t keep his hands off of! ; ) Thank you!

  2. Super easy. Threw it on the traeger on a sheet pan for 10 minutes per side at 375. Last 5 minutes transferred off the pan directly to the grill. Smokey pesto chicken goodness. This is going into the rotation.

    • Mmmm, I love that you did it on the traeger, that sounds amazing! Happy this is going on the rotation, thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Love this air fryer recipe! It so easy to make, delicious and just “extra” enough that it feels like a special meal, my husband and I use it for our Friday date night ins at least once a month!

    • It makes my heart happy this one comes to your date nights, thank you!


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