Lemon Pesto Chicken Freezer Meal Recipe

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Family meals are super important in the Penner house. There is barely a day that goes by that we don’t sit down to at least one meal together (and sometimes more).

This September it’s Family Meals Month and the new rebranded Smart & Final is a great place to shop and save for all your meals. They have great private label brands like Ambiance, La Romanella, First Street and Cattleman’s Finest. These brands are top quality and save you a ton of money.


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Also, Smart and Final’s club buy items are great for freezable meals and buying in bulk. Which we all know saves us both time and cash.

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My Lemon Pesto Chicken is not only a fabulous meal. It’s also quick and easy as well as family and freezer friendly. The recipe below serves around 4 (with leftovers for my family) but you can easily double or triple it for multiple dinners.


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It truly takes minutes to prepare and makes dinner a snap.


lemon pesto chicken


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What’s your go to meal for a family meal? Leave a comment (and the recipe if you like).


Yields 4

Lemon Pesto Chicken Freezer Meal

Lemon Pesto Chicken Freezer Meal

10 minPrep Time

40 minCook Time

50 minTotal Time

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  • 1 1/2 pound First Street Chicken Breasts or Chicken Breast Tenders (about 4 breasts or 10-12 tenders)
  • 1/2 cup jarred or homemade pesto
  • 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup First Street Shredded Mozzarella Cheese


  1. Place chicken, pesto and lemon juice into a large zip tight freezer bag.
  2. Remove air from bag and close.
  3. With your hands massage bag to combine chicken, pesto and lemon juice. Set aside.
  4. Load cheese into a small freezer safe zip top bag. Squeeze out air and close.
  5. (This is an optional step to keep everything together). Take another large zip tight freezer bag and place both the chicken and the cheese bags inside. Remove air and close.
  6. Label outer bag using a permanent marker with contents, date assembled and cooking instructions.
  7. Freeze
  8. Cooking instructions
  9. Remove contents from outer bag
  10. Place cheese bag in the refrigerator
  11. In the refrigerator thaw bag of Lemon Pesto Chicken over night
  12. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  13. When thawed place Lemon Pesto Chicken into a 9x13-inch casserole dish and cover with aluminum foil
  14. Bake for 25-30 minutes, covered
  15. Remove foil and sprinkle cheese on the top of the chicken
  16. Bake for 5 minutes
  17. Turn broiler on high and broil for 5 minutes
  18. Serve with rice or your favorite First Street pasta topped with extra pesto, if desired


lemon pesto chicken


  1. Ellie says

    I can’t wait to try this recipe! Would this work well if I put it in a casserole dish with pasta on the bottom and froze it for later? I would thaw then add cheese.

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