Pesto Pizza

As promised, here is the first of two dishes I made with the fantastic Lemon Garlic Chicken. Once again, another wonderful recipe from my sister-in-law, Erin, this pizza is such a delicious way to change-up ordinary pizza night. In our house, we have pizza night every Saturday so I am constantly looking for new ideas for pizza toppings. Even my husband, who is not a fan of pesto, loved this. The toasty crunch of the pine nuts and other toppings combined with the tang of the feta cheese and smoothness of the mozzarella, all on top of a flavorful bed of pesto, is a winning combination. Just as a sidenote, I think this would be a perfect panini combo, too. I’ll have to try that soon!

Pesto Pizza

What To Serve A really great, green salad like this Spinach Salad
Buttery Peas with Thyme or steamed vegetable like broccoli or peas
Fresh, seasonal fruit

Pesto Pizza with Pine Nuts and Feta

Pesto Pizza with Pine Nuts and Feta


  • 1 batch pizza dough
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded chicken (I used the Lemon Garlic Chicken)
  • Pesto
  • 4 oz feta cheese
  • 1/2 red onion, cut in slivers
  • 1-2 large tomatoes sliced (I used grape tomatoes cut in half)
  • Shredded mozzarella (to your liking)
  • Toasted pine nuts (to your liking)


  1. Preheat pizza stone (I preheat my oven and pizza stone at 475 degrees for at least 45 minutes before baking the pizza so the stone is nice and hot). Roll out prepared pizza dough and place on pizza peel (or on pizza pan if you aren’t baking it on a pizza stone).
  2. Top pizza dough with the pesto, spreading liberally to outer edges of dough. Layer on additional toppings to your liking (I like to reserve some of the toppings and put them on top of the final layer of cheese) and bake for 8-10 minutes until nicely browned.

Recipe Source: adapted from Erin W.

31 Responses to Pesto Pizza with Pine Nuts and Feta

  1. Darla says:

    great combo! loved the added touch of pine nuts!

  2. Jennifer says:

    Mmm, that looks delish. I found your blog in a google search for pesto pizza. P.S. – You might want to know that this person ( copied your blog post word for word, with no credit to you.

  3. Michelle says:

    Mel it’s me again, can’t get rid of me 😉 Do you have a petso recipe? I think I saw once that you have one you bottle. But I can’t remember/find it. Muchas thanks!!!!!

  4. Melanie says:

    Kristi – I love anyone who loves that easy pizza dough recipe. It is my lifesaver, too. I’m so glad that you also liked this pesto pizza. The flavors are delicious, I agree! Great tip to use the chicken gyro leftovers.

  5. Kristi says:

    This was the best pizza I have ever made. Seriously. What a great combination! I used the chicken from your chicken gyros recipe on the pizza and it was the perfect compliment.

    Also, your easy pizza dough has changed my life. I have tried many a pizza dough recipes and never had success. Not only was this the simplest, but the best.


  6. Gianina says:

    I can’t wait to try this out! It looks delicious!

  7. Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    We love home made pizza it is so easy now that trader Joes has such great dough.. Will put this combination at the top of the priority to make list!!!

  8. jaesi says:

    I could eat that whole thing right now and its 730 am. Im making it asap.thanks

  9. Annie says:

    Brilliant! I love making homemade pizza but somehow have never thought to make a pesto pizza. I’ll definitely try it once it warms up and I have my basil plants back!

  10. Melanie says:

    Johnston – so glad you liked this. I agree that the pine nuts add a perfect touch! Thanks for your comment.

  11. grace says:

    i LOVE the fact that there are so many things you can do with pizza. give me a round of dough and i can make a stellar meal just by raiding the fridge. i think your creation here is magnificent. 🙂

  12. Colleen says:

    All of these flavors sound AMAZING together!

  13. Deborah says:

    I have been craving pizza – I think this would hit the spot!

  14. Melanie says:

    Hey Jenny – I have a post on the pizza dough I use. It is here: don’t feel too guilty about the store-bought – we all have to use shortcuts some times!

  15. Loralee and the gang... says:

    I LOVE Feta! This sounds a little like the Papa Murphy’s Chicken Mediterranian, minus the spinach.I will have to try this!:~D

  16. Maria says:

    Pesto pizza is OH so good!! Yours looks INCREDIBLE!

  17. Jennifer says:

    Pesto on pizza is one of my favorite pizza toppings! 🙂

  18. teresa says:

    Pesto…pine nuts…feta…holy cow! I don’t know if it could get any better! Delicious!

  19. Kara@ Creations by Kara says:

    I have never actually made anything with feta cheese for fear my boys wouldn’t like it, but this looks to amazing to pass up! (And if they don’t like it, that means I will get the leftovers for lunch.) 🙂

  20. Annemarie says:

    Sorry you had a hard time with the sugar cookie bars…I didn’t realize until a day or two later that I didn’t post the pan size (I saw your comment on Real Mom Kitchen). Sometimes I just think everyone can read my mind!

  21. Lynda says:

    I wish I was eating that right now. It looks so good!

  22. jenny says:

    Do you have any suggestions for Pizza Dough? I got the pillsbury thin-crust so I can make this tonight, but it feels like cheating.

  23. Mandy says:

    Y-U-M! Those are some of my favorite things, I have never thought of putting them together on pizza. Thank you!!-Mandyp.s. Happy Valentines Day!:)

  24. Donna-FFW says:

    This looks delicious. Love how this combination sounds. Photo is fabulous!

  25. Amy and David Ziehl says:

    This Pizza is amazing!!!! I will admit that I was a bit timid to try it (I’m not a fan of pesto) but once I did I couldn’t stop! I could have eaten the whole thing! My husband loved it too! thanks Mel for feeding us amazing food all the time!!!

  26. Sandy says:

    Pizza looks yummy! Love the food on your site!

  27. Anonymous says:

    Love, love, love this pizza. It really is my favorite. -Liz K.

  28. Katy says:

    I’d leave off the chicken, but the rest, what a fantastic combo. I just know this is delicious!

  29. Anonymous says:

    This looks great! I have actually made a panini with similar ingredients and it was really good. I think I used mozerella cheese and added a little drizzle of balsamic vinegar. Ooh, my mouth is watering just thinking about that sandwich. I was planning on making pizza this weekend so this will be just perfect! -Liz K.

  30. Johnston says:

    This pizza is excellent with the lemon garlic chicken recipe – they are meant to go together. The toasted pignolis definately added the right touch.

  31. Sharon says:

    Oh my gosh, love your pizza!!!

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