Caprese Chicken Breast with Pesto Orzo

Cooking method:

Ninja® Foodi® XL Pressure Cooker Steam Fryer with SmartLid™
  • Prep time: 15 mins
  • Total time: 35 mins
  • Skill easy
  • Serves 4 people

Caprese Chicken Breast with Pesto Orzo

Try this caprese chicken breast recipe for a classic Italian flavor!


Tip: Allergy Advice

This dish contains the following allergens: Wheat



  • 1 box (16 ounces) orzo pasta
  • 4 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • Kosher salt, as desired
  • 1 jar (8 ounces) basil pesto, divided, set aside


  • 3 tablespoons basil pesto, divided
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 chicken breasts (6–8 ounces each)
  • 1 Roma tomato, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices fresh mozzarella cheese

Cooking mode

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  • Step 1

    Place the orzo, water, and salt in the pot and stir to combine.

  • Step 2

    In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons pesto and canola oil. Evenly coat all sides of the chicken breasts with the mixture.

  • Step 3

    Place the Deluxe Reversible Rack in the lower position and cover with aluminum foil, then place the rack in the pot. Place the marinated
    chicken on top of the rack, then layer 2 slices of tomato and a slice of mozzarella cheese on each chicken breast. Close the lid and move
    slider to STEAMCRISP.

  • Step 4

    Select STEAM & CRISP, set temperature to 350°F, and set time to 20 minutes. Press START/STOP to begin cooking (PrE will display
    for approx. 15 minutes as the unit steams, then the timer will start counting down).

  • Step 5

    When cooking is complete, remove the rack with the chicken and set aside. Add the remaining pesto to the orzo and stir to combine. Serve warm with the chicken.