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Easy 30 Minute Chicken Cilantro Pesto Flatbread

A delicious flatbread topped with cilantro pesto, chicken, queso fresco, and RO*TEL. It's perfect for any night of the week.
Course Main dish
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken pizza, diy flatbread, homemade pesto, homemade pizza
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 4
Calories 471 kcal


  • 4 Flatbreads

Cilantro Pesto

  • cups cilantro chopped, about 1 bunch
  • 2 Tbsp parsley chopped
  • cup almonds blanched * See note
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 1 dash nutmeg

Chicken Marinade

  • 8 oz chicken breast boneless, skinless breast
  • 2 Tbsp lemon fresh squeezed juice
  • ¼ tsp cumin
  • ¼ tsp oregano
  • ½ tsp Kosher salt

Other Toppings

  • 10 oz tomatoes RO*TEL tomatoes & chillie
  • 8 Tbsp queso fresco crumbled
  • 1 cup red onion chopped fine


  1. To make the cilantro pesto, cut most of the stems from the cilantro, and the parsley. Place the herbs in the bowl of a food processor and chop. Add the rest of the ingredients, and process on high until they form a thick paste.
  2. Pound chicken breasts until they're about ¼" thick and then marinate.
  3. To marinate the chicken: Place it in a glass container. In a small bowl mix lemon juice, cumin, oregano, and salt. Pour over the chicken making sure to coat both sides. Refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 375'F.
  5. Cook chicken by quickly pan frying it on both sides until done (about 3-4 minutes per side).
  6. To assemble your flatbread, place about 2 tablespoons of cilantro pesto on each flatbread, and spread with a spoon. Top with chicken, onion, queso fresco, and finally top with RO*TEL.
  7. Bake for 20 minutes directly on the oven rack.

* Blanched Almonds

  1. To blanch the almonds place them in boiling water for about 2 minutes then drain, rinse and remove the skins by rubbing the almonds between your fingers.

Nutrition Facts
Easy 30 Minute Chicken Cilantro Pesto Flatbread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 471 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 56mg19%
Sodium 1060mg46%
Potassium 595mg17%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 1040IU21%
Vitamin C 19.5mg24%
Calcium 240mg24%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.