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Chicken Pesto Parmesan Recipe

Crockpot Chicken Pesto Parmesan Recipe

This chicken pesto parmesan recipe is delicious whether made in the crockpot or on a skillet. We love that this recipe is low carb and keto friendly!

I have been on a mission recently to find low carb variations of our favorite family meals.  What I have discovered along the way is that most of our favorite recipes can be easily made keto friendly with a few simple substitutions. 

Like this absolutely delicious Chicken Pesto Parmesan recipe that I have adapted from our tried and true Sausage Pesto Pasta

I love, love, love the flavor combination of pesto, parmesan and spinach!  I chose to serve this with chicken for a great source of lean protein.  You could absolutely substitute ground turkey or sausage for chicken if you would like.

Chicken pesto parmesan recipe:

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  • 2 lbs chicken, diced
  • 200ml pesto
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup parmesan, grated
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts (reserve for topping)


  1. Combine all ingredients into a large freezer bag.
  2. Freeze up to 3 months.
  3. Defrost in fridge overnight.
  4. Cook in a skillet on medium until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Alternatively place into crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.

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Tips for making Crockpot Freezer Meals:

  • Use 1 gallon, large freezer bags.  Label bags with the date, recipe and cooking instructions.
  • Lay ingredients flat in the bag for easier storage in the freezer.
  • Defrost meals in the refrigerator or place frozen into the crockpot.  If the meal is defrosted, reduce the cooking time accordingly (subtract two hours for most crockpot meals).
  • Crockpot meals can easily be converted to Instant Pot recipes using this handy guide from Taste of Home – How to Convert Slow Cooker Recipes for the Instant Pot.
  • Store meals for up to three months in the freezer.
Chicken Pesto Parmesan Recipe

This recipe can be paired with zucchini noodles or served over cauliflower rice for the perfect low carb family meal!

My kids prefer to have their Chicken Pesto Parmesan with zucchini noodles.  Mostly because they like to use the spiralizer to create the noodles themselves! 

Did you know that Costco now sells spiralized zucchini noodles?  I have seen them in the produce cooler.  Be sure to salt the noodles, lay them out flat on paper towel and pat dry after a few minutes to prevent excess moisture being added to your recipe.

crockpot keto chicken pesto recipe

Be sure to check out these Crockpot Freezer Meals and Meal Planning Recipes for more tips and ideas.

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chicken pesto parm

Chicken Pesto Parmesan Recipe

4.50 from 8 votes
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 599kcal
Author: Heather Painchaud


  • 2 lbs chicken diced
  • 200 ml pesto
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1/2 cup parmesan grated
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 3 cups fresh spinach
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts reserve for topping


  • Combine all ingredients into a large freezer bag.
  • Freeze up to 3 months.
  • Defrost in fridge overnight.
  • Cook in a skillet on medium until chicken is cooked through.
  • Alternatively place into crockpot and cook on low for 4-6 hours.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 599kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 44g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 29g | Cholesterol: 158mg | Sodium: 450mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
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Do you have nutritional facts on this? Being Keto I like to see the counts of carbs + sugars :)