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Pesto Bacon Chicken Thighs |

Pesto Bacon Chicken Thighs

  • Author: Chelsea at Do You Even Paleo
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Method: roasted


A simple gluten free and paleo recipe featuring skin-on chicken thighs slathered in dairy free pesto and bacon, then baked. Dinner's ready in 30 minutes!


  • 5-6 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup basil, packed
  • 1/4 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 strips bacon, cut in half
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • Lemon juice (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  2. Using a sharp knife or kitchen shears, de-bone the chicken thighs. Place thighs, skin side up, in an oven-safe dish. Sprinkle with salt and set aside.
  3. Add pesto ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Brush each chicken thigh with about 1 tablespoon of pesto each. If you'd like, use your fingers to rub pesto under the skin of each chicken thigh. Add a squeeze of lemon juice, if desired, and layer bacon on top of the thighs.
  4. Transfer the dish to the oven and cook for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.


  • Serving Size: 1-2 chicken thighs

Keywords: Pesto Bacon Chicken Thighs