Cheesy Chicken over Pesto Quinoa

Mozzarella-covered chicken over a bed of pesto quinoa is a quick and easy dinner you'll love!

Hi! So I meant to get this recipe to you about 12 hours ago, but my day was kind of derailed. Have you ever spent $5 on an iced tiramisu latte from the Target Starbucks and then accidentally forget it on the roof of your car? That is a heartbreak when you’re on the freeway onramp and realize you just heard it fall onto the street. First of all, I didn’t have the coffee that I desperately needed because my kid decided to stay awake from 2:30-4:30 am for no apparent reason. Secondly, wasting $5 that I shouldn’t have spent on coffee anyway because I have an espresso maker at home is guilt inducing. Finally, I just littered. In one moment, I managed to deprive myself, throw money away, and litter all at the same time. After that, I just had to come home and binge watch Friends reruns and eat Pringles.

I’m just kidding. I don’t even really watch TV or eat Pringles. (Unless Pringles wants to sponsor me. Then I will gladly eat Pringles and pair them with a tasty dip recipe.) The coffee heartbreak did happen, but it was at the end of the day and the least of my problems. The real reason I couldn’t write this morning is this:


Good thing I got that pedicure this weekend. #mytoesarecold #tendinitis

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Remember when I had gout and was on crutches for a day? Turns out, it wasn’t gout. It’s tendinitis and hasn’t ever gone away completely. Now I have this lovely boot to wear for the next month (or two!) in the hopes of giving it a chance to heal with immobilization. I’m grateful that I can still walk on it, don’t need surgery, and can take off the boot to sleep and shower, so I’m really not complaining (much). Still, it’s inconvenient, and the process of seeing the doctor and getting it took all the time I would have been telling you about this Cheesy Chicken over Pesto Quinoa this morning.

Mozzarella-covered chicken over a bed of pesto quinoa is a quick and easy dinner you'll love!

This recipe is a total no brainer but really good. Before anyone starts to get worked up about my using a weird, unpronounceable ingredient like quinoa (that was one of the comments in my reader survey that I promise to summarize for you very soon), never fear! You can use rice or couscous if you prefer. You’ll still love it just as much, I’m sure.

This dinner is loaded with flavor and light on work, which is my favorite kind of recipe. I am sure you and your family will love this quick and easy meal. Expect lots more extra easy dinners from me in the coming weeks since it’s hard for me to be on my feet! xo

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Mozzarella-covered chicken over a bed of pesto quinoa is a quick and easy dinner you'll love!

Cheesy Chicken over Pesto Quinoa

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This quick and easy dinner is high on flavor but low on effort!

  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x


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  • 1 cup quinoa uncooked
  • 2 cup water
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt of your choice approximate measure
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 1/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp prepared pesto
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese grated


  1. Bring quinoa and water to a low boil in a medium saucepan. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and cook 20 minutes or until all liquid absorbed.
  2. While quinoa cooks, lightly sprinkle both sides of chicken breasts with seasoned salt. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add seasoned chicken to hot oil, and cook for approximately 7 minutes per side or until cooked through.
  3. Spread cheese over each piece of chicken, and sprinkle Italian seasoning over the cheese. Turn heat off skillet, cover, and allow to stand until cheese melts.
  4. When quinoa is done, stir in pesto and parmesan cheese. Serve chicken over quinoa.


Feel free to substitute cooked rice or couscous for the quinoa if you prefer.

  • Author: Andi
  • Prep Time: 25

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Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.


9 years ago

Hi Andi – sorry about your foot. It will get better. Just keep it on as much as you can. Keep smiling! I love your smile on your picture. That’s exactly how I pictured you to look.

9 years ago

Thanks so much for the encouragement, Liz. My biggest complaint about the boot is that it has been really hot in SF lately, and it makes me even hotter! I can’t believe my mom is in snow in Maryland, and I’m sweating over here in CA!

Angie S
9 years ago

I’m so sorry to hear about your foot issues, I can absolutely feel your pain. I have it in both feet (along with a couple of other issues that compound everything), have tried boots, PT, wear custom orthopedics… sigh.
I’m first on the list when feet transplants become available.
Your grocery list feature is wonderful!!! I know I will be using it plenty! Also, your search function works really well too! I’ve used it a couple of times this past week!
Take care of you!

9 years ago

Oh no, Angie! You have tendinitis in both feet, and it won’t get better? How sad! I have had a lot of foot problems too, although they haven’t been bad enough that I went to a doctor. I just try to wear really supportive shoes like Dansko or something, but clearly that wasn’t enough this time! I hope you find some relief soon.

I’m really happy to hear that you like the grocery list and search features! I’m always trying to make my site as easy to use as possible, so that feedback is wonderful. Thank you, and have a good weekend!

Mg Healy
9 years ago

Wear the boot as much as you can. It will help and you don’t want to end up like me. I’ve had tendinitis and plantar fasciitis for years because I won’t wear the boot. I just bought one that I need to sleep in and it is still in the box.
Really loving all your recipes. The cheesy chicken over quinoa will be on this weekend’s menu

9 years ago

Thank you for the encouragement, although I’m sorry to hear your foot is bothering you. I have been wearing the boot constantly the past three days and plan to do so for at least a month as instructed. It’s inconvenient, but she said if I take care of it now that it isn’t as likely to become a chronic problem. I hope you could still recover too. We can be boot buddies ;) Glad you like this recipe. Have a good weekend!

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