{Lazy} Pesto Chicken Salad

This is the greatest salad of all time.

It may have had humble beginnings (being made up of what I happened to have left over in the fridge) but since then it has become a firm favourite and a highly requested lunch at my table.

A marriage of sweet, savoury, light, rich and fresh flavours, all coming together in a symphony of colour.

And it’s jolly easy too.

pesto chicken salad-1

pesto chicken salad-2

To serve two you’ll need:

4 free range chicken thigh fillets

A bag of salad

Couple handfuls of cherry tomatoes

Pot of store bought fresh pesto (told you it was lazy)

2 ripe peaches

Handful of feta

Balsamic vinegar

Olive oil

Dijon mustard (or mustard powder)

Salt + pepper

pesto chicken salad-3

Making your own pesto is pretty simple and well worth the effort… but sometimes you just need to cheat and grab one of these.

pesto chicken salad-4

It’ll sit happily in your fridge for longer and it’s going to make your salad sublime.

Get a frying pan nice and hot, with a small drizzle of olive oil.

Lay your chicken thigh fillets into the pan, and sprinkle with salt ‘n’ pepper.

pesto chicken salad-5

Fry on a medium heat.

Meanwhile chop up your toms. Use scissors if you’re feeling especially lazy.

pesto chicken salad-6

Slice your peaches.

pesto chicken salad-7

Flip the chicken.

pesto chicken salad-8

After a minute or two, pour in half your pot of pesto.

pesto chicken salad-10

Toss the chicken about in it.

pesto chicken salad-11

Savour the irresistible smell of fresh basil and melting parmesan…

pesto chicken salad-12

and leave it to fry a little longer.

In a jar mix 5 tablespoons of good olive oil with 3tbsp balsamic vinegar, a tsp of mustard and a pinch of salt + pepper.

pesto chicken salad-9

Place to one side and start to build your masterpiece.

pesto chicken salad-13

pesto chicken salad-14

Make sure to keep an eye on your chicken. Move it around, flip it now and then.

It should be getting a gorgeous cheesy crust by now.

pesto chicken salad-15

pesto chicken salad-16

If you’re not sure if it’s quite done, use your scissors to cut into a really thick bit. If it’s pink, keep cooking a little longer.

If it’s done, add the rest of the pesto and toss it about.

pesto chicken salad-17

A nice fresh layer of basil to coat that glorious crust!

pesto chicken salad-18

Now, you can either wait until the chicken cools a bit, or keep things quick and simple:

Pick up the chicken with tongs and snip it over the salad.

pesto chicken salad-19

Keep going until you run out of chicken.


pesto chicken salad-20

pesto chicken salad-21

Sprinkle with crumbled feta.

pesto chicken salad-22

pesto chicken salad-23

And dress it up!

pesto chicken salad-24

pesto chicken salad-25

Everything you could possibly ask for in a salad!

pesto chicken salad-26

Give it a whirl and let me know how you get on.

I think you’ll find it just peachy.

Share it


Have you seen these?

  • That looks delicious, healthy, low carb and bursting with colour.

    • Rosie

      All of the colours!

  • The slow pace

    It looks amazing! I’ll try it for sure! But how about adding some roasted peppers? I have the theory that every salad is simple better if you add roasted peppers!!

    • Rosie

      Ooooh that sounds good! Go for it E!

  • I must admit Rose, this is a very good looking salad!

    • Rosie

      Love the blog name, Rosie!
      And thanks! x

  • Tugba Tunalilar

    It loooks delicious! can’t wait to try it πŸ™‚
    Ever wondered to gather these deliciousness in a book maybe? πŸ˜‰
    ohh i almost forgot. Do you have snapchat?
    Lots of Love


    • Rosie

      If only I were so organised, Tugba!
      I really should put them all in a book…
      I have snapchat but don’t use it. I feel like I share so much of my life online already, does anyone really need/want to see more?! x

  • Love this simple salad recipe. Definitely abides by the salad should have plenty of colour rule!

    Fie x Coffee & Confetti

    • Rosie

      Simple recipes are my favourite kind, Fi! x

  • Queenie Lee

    I’m not a big fan of pesto but this looks delicious! I’ve never thought about putting peaches into a salad before xx


    • Rosie

      I guess you could skip the pesto.
      Fry the chicken then add the juice of a lemon at the last moment, maybe a small tsp of honey and toss it all about in the hot pan.
      Will give a nice sticky sauce x

      • Queenie Lee

        Ooh, that sounds much more up my street! Cheers, Rosie πŸ™‚

    • Peaches in a salad are amazing! Especially with some roasted corn – mmm!


      • Meg

        Oooh, I love roast corn in a salad, maybe some carmelized onion, too…Think will go especially well with big pitcher of the peach sangria! Divine!

  • What a beautiful looking salad! Love peaches and feta, such a great combo. Got the girls over tonight so thats our dinner sorted! Will go wonderfully with a nice cold glass of wine, perfect!xx

    • Rosie

      Oh perfect timing! Send me a pic! x

  • This looks really yummy but I have to say it can’t beat home made pesto! So simple – just shove a handful of pine nuts and basil leaves in a blender with a slug of olive oil and a clove of garlic! Done!


    • Rosie

      Very true Katie, if you want to un-lazy it, make your own!

  • This looks amazing! I do something similar for my lunches at work, but I use blueberries instead of peaches! πŸ™‚ love the addition of the feta as well xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle Blog

    • Rosie

      My mum loves blueberries in salads!

  • Lauren

    This looks so yummy. Never thought of adding peaches before!

  • LilyLipstick

    I stopped eating meat a few months ago but this is making me really want some chicken! x

  • Emma McLeod

    Your food posts always make me hungry :(, never thought of cooking with pesto to make a crust, though for some reason i always forget that its got Parmesan in,trying to convince myself that its healthier i suppose.

    Emma x

  • Looks delicious! I’m always looking for original salad recipes, it’s all I want to eat during summer! I’ll be giving this a try, Rosie πŸ™‚


  • Oh Polly

    Yummy! This looks so amazing, we’re going to give this a try. Great post β™₯
    http://www.ohpolly.com – Online Fashion Boutique

  • YUM. I know what I’m having for dinner tonight.

  • jadiee bevan

    amazing post



  • Well there’s my summer salad staple. The colors are gorgeous too and I can’t wait for my kitchen to fill with the basil cheese goodness.

  • Brittany Estrada

    Rose, this looks delicious. Could you tell us what type of mustard? In the States we have a few different kinds. Was it Dijon? Stone ground?

    Thank you!

  • This looks right up my alley; love an easy salad, love chicken and love pesto!

    Krissie x – http://pearlsofstyle.blogspot.com

  • Stop it, I’m hungry!! YUMMY!!! Thanks for sharing xx

  • This looks delicious!! I drool everytime I see pesto. The photo of the chicken cooking over the stove with the pesto…OOOOOO yum!

  • Look so good!!! Can’t wait to try this , perfect for the summer! Thank you Rosie!


  • Zoe

    This is so incredible. My mother is a huge salad fanatic, I can’t wait to whip one of these up for her next time I’m home! Nothing like an easy, healthy meal πŸ™‚


  • Kate

    This sounds so delicious! I will definitely be giving it a whirl!


    Come see what my favorite things to do in summer are!


  • Laura Torninoja

    This looks fantastic, thank you for sharing the recipe!

    Laura / Middle of Adventure

  • Honey What’s Cooking

    Looks delicious.. love storing pesto in the freezer, it’s so versatile.

  • Oooh I know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow, this looks like a perfect summer dish! πŸ™‚


  • Looks amazing!! πŸ™‚


  • Love a bit of fried chicken!

  • Looks absolutely delicious! I know what I’m having for tomorrows tea…


  • Maireem Maneje

    This looks super tasty! Looks perfect for summer πŸ™‚


  • Lucy Birchall

    Oh I do love a good sneaky cooking hack. I’ve used plenty of fresh pestos in my time when I need something speedy, and there’s nothing wrong with it! This sounds super scrummy, I love chucking in loads of fresh, seasonal fruits/vegetables into a salad too. Oh, and a good old slab of feta crumbled over like a good mountain of snow!

    She’s So Lucy

  • Love. This. !!! <3

  • Lauren @BonVoyageLauren

    Mmmmm, I will definitely make this! I love all the colors too. Thanks for sharing!

  • Saved this one! Colourful recipes like this are my favourite to cook, and pesto with anything is drool worthy! x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  • Yuuuum! Feta cheese and pesto in a chicken salad is just genius Rosie! I have a thing for pesto, it just has an ability to make anything and everything taste amazing. I usually make my own, but might pick some up from the grocers tonight. X

  • It looks SO fresh and delicious! Whoops- drooling on my keyboard.

  • This looks so fresh! After a few too many gelatos and fruit tarts while away on holiday, I can’t wait to whip something up like this when I get home.

    Silly Medley: Lifestyle and Travel

  • Asheley

    Made this for dinner last night! It was delicious! thank you πŸ™‚

  • Definitely giving this one a whirl, it looks so colourful & delicious Rosie!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  • Yup, it looks exactly like something I would eat!

    Heba xx || The Heba

  • That is one gooooood looking salad! I need that pesto in my life!!! Lots of love, Andrea xxx

    Andrea’s Passions

  • Wow this looks so delicious! Thanks for the inspiration! – Charlie, http://www.lemonbutterlove.com

  • Alana

    This looks amazing. I will be making it sometime in the future

  • Vicki C

    I made this dish for dinner tonight and it was delicious! Mine didn’t turn out as pretty or I would have posted a pic, but it tasted great! I substituted strawberries for the peaches (personal preference) and added some tri color peppers and a few glazed pecans. Thanks for the recipe!

  • Katrina Porter

    I swear only you could make Salad look this tasty, that’s my dinner sorted for tonight! Saw this on instagram and raced over x


  • Yii-Huei Phang

    Yum this looks so good! It should be just as good if it’s not warm right? I am in need of lunch inspiration for school… Although what fruit do you recommend would be good to go with the salad if peaches aren’t in season (it is winter in Australia at the moment!)?

  • Deliciously simple! – the best kind of dinners! x

  • Molly Luke

    Looks delicious! I’m going to make it this week! Thank you!

  • Love the inclusion of a seasonal fruit like peaches! It makes it almost like a dinner and dessert, which is always a good thing in my book! Can’t wait to give the recipe a whirl.

    ~ Shannon

  • Rachel Bearpark

    Looks delicious! Wouldn’t of thought of adding peaches…to be investigated this evening!

  • You just made me hungry with those photos πŸ™‚
    Love it. It looks yummy so I will be trying this for lunch as soon as, cant wait.
    Great post ! πŸ™‚