Pesto Goat Cheese Pizza with Chicken

This pesto goat cheese pizza is the perfect summer pizza. Use store-bought pesto or make your own and enjoy all the flavors of summer on your pizza!

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Just before we went to Hawaii, we got a membership for Costco so that we could buy milk that WASN’T $10 a gallon when we got there.

Bart has been dying for a Costco membership for many years, but we haven’t lived close enough to one for most of our adult lives to justify it.

But now we have one and I have access to all the inexpensive goat cheese I could ever want. I used to have a friend buy it for me when she went but now I can buy my own, like an actual grown up.

We have pizza almost every Friday for dinner (you can see my favorite recipe for homemade pizza dough here) and I usually make one pizza that’s pepperoni and one pizza that’s a little more fancy.

Especially in the summer, this pesto goat cheese pizza is one of my FAVORITE versions.

pesto and goat cheese pizza

It’s super easy, tastes incredibly fresh and is easily made vegetarian if you want to leave the chicken off.

I love trying new pizza recipes on Friday nights, but I keep coming back to this pesto goat cheese pizza because it’s just SO darn good.

We had friends over for dinner a few weeks ago and made a bunch of homemade pizzas, including this one and it got DEVOURED. It really is that good.

pesto pizza with goat cheese

Pesto Goat Cheese Pizza with Chicken

Pesto Goat Cheese Pizza
5 from 9 votes

Pesto and Goat Cheese Pizza

This pesto goat cheese pizza is the perfect summer pizza. Use store-bought pesto or make your own and enjoy all the flavors of summer on your pizza!

Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 48 minutes
Author Janssen Bradshaw


  • One pizza crust dough
  • 1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes halved
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper
  • 3 ounces goat cheese softened
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • 1 chicken breast cooked and shredded or sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • ¼ cup ½ ounce freshly grated parmesan


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line a small baking sheet or pan with foil. Slice the tomatoes in half lengthwise, pace on a baking sheet, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast in oven for about 40 minutes, or until they're getting shriveled and the edges are turning a little dark.

  2. Increase oven heat to 500 degrees.
  3. Roll out the pizza dough and mix goat cheese and pesto together. Spread over the pizza crust. Sprinkle the mozzarella cheese over the top. Scatter the roasted tomatoes and chicken over the cheese then sprinkle the Parmesan on top.

  4. Carefully place pizza on pizza stone and cook for 8 minutes.
  5. Remove and let sit for about 3-5 minutes before slicing and serving.

Recipe Notes

(adapted from The Way the Cookie Crumbles)


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Photos by Heather Mildenstein

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  1. 5 stars
    i love goat cheese too! this combo sounds delicious. we have pizza for dinner almost every saturday night so i'm going to have to try this soon! thanks!

  2. 5 stars
    Mmmmm goat cheese… Goat cheese is one of those foods that I enjoy SO MUCH, I feel compelled to push it at people. My poor mother in law – she HATES goat cheese. And I have to forcibly restrain myself from saying things like, "but just try it! It's so good! You'll love it if you give it a chance!" I mean, I BELIEVE that… but I also hate tomatoes and hate when people try to push them at me. So it would be kind of hypocritical to do that very thing to my MIL.

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness, that pizza looks delicious…

    Also, I loved your post over at Stacked & starred it for future reference – what a great list! Sidenote: I too loved Wednesday Wars, and recently learned that the author not only attended my college, but was also a fellow English major there. Pretty neat, right? (I thought so, anyway!)

  4. 5 stars
    I dreamed that I had goat cheese on a pizza last night. I must have been anticipating this post! Thanks for the recipe 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    Yum. can you make me a pizza on your fancy pizza stone when we come visit?! It might be true that we don't have any future plans on ever going to Texas…but someday…and I want THIS. Thanks!

  6. 5 stars
    I haven't had good experiences with goat cheese in the past, but since I want to start urban homesteading I'd better learn to like it! I really love your blog.

    Sidenote: I read your post in Stackedbooks. I'm excited to check out some new authors. There's a blog you should check out: http://www.bookshoptalk.com.

  7. I lament that it would cost me a quarter of our weekly shopping bill to purchase the ingredients required to make this mouth-watering wonder. We may live with hobbits, but oh how our food is pricey here. /sigh

  8. 5 stars
    Mmm – this looks delish. And that's my favorite crust recipe, too, except I make the whole thing and we have leftovers for lunch. I'm still inclined to think we must eat way more than you.

  9. Also, I'm assuming Angela lives in NZ – and she is not kidding about the food there. Cheese was approximately the same price as gold. Oh how I do love some things about the US.

  10. 5 stars
    Janssen, I made this for dinner tonight and it was sooo good! I used a store-bought pizza crust, but maybe next time I'll plan ahead and make the dough from scratch. Boyfriend said (and I quote): "This is pretty good for a meal with no meat." (He had seconds, so I think it was a winner.)

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