Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe

Creamy Pesto Chicken – Create a restaurant-style meal at home with this flavor-packed, creamless Creamy Pesto Chicken dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!

Creamy Pesto Chicken - Create a restaurant-style meal at home with this flavor-packed, creamless Creamy Pesto Chicken dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!

Hi Hi Hello! Happy Monday…??? Already?!? Where’s that in between Sunday-and-Monday day where I actually DO get to experience a weekend day? *All the ladies are nodding their heads*

My grandma used to say, “Don’t wish for that! One day it will come where you won’t have any kids to wash for or cook for … you will be sad, and you’ll be wishing for the old days to come back…” Ugh.  That’s a scary thought, eh? NOT what we should be thinking about on a Monday! BUT it’s a good reminder for all of us.

Er. Let’s talk food!

Creamy Pesto Chicken - Create a restaurant-style meal at home with this flavor-packed, creamless Creamy Pesto Chicken dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!

Sometimes I just want simple winner-winner-chicken-dinner food. This was one of those times.

Lately, my workflow has evolved to meet the demands of this simple-food life, and I ain’t complainin’. Know why?

Creamy Pesto Chicken - Create a restaurant-style meal at home with this flavor-packed, creamless Creamy Pesto Chicken dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!

Because, this pesto chicken… she knows us. She knows how we do. She is packing in all the flavors of a creamy pesto sauce, but without the cream.

Creamy Pesto Chicken - Create a restaurant-style meal at home with this flavor-packed, creamless Creamy Pesto Chicken dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!

And. What’s more important to us all? That’s right. She makes it to us in just ONE PAN and in 30 MINUTES.

Raise your hand if you love this kinda foooood!! Of course you do! Why else would you be here??

Creamy Pesto Chicken - Create a restaurant-style meal at home with this flavor-packed, creamless Creamy Pesto Chicken dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!

What you’re looking at is a meal made with just 6-ish ingredients. Salt & Pep not included in the count.

We are talking chicken breasts, basil pesto, evaporated milk, flour, garlic, and cherry tomatoes. Spaghetti, too, if you’re the pasta kind. My husband is, so that photo down there was his dinner. I’m more of a chicken and a salad type-a-girl.

Creamy Pesto Chicken - Create a restaurant-style meal at home with this flavor-packed, creamless Creamy Pesto Chicken dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!

I am going to need you to just rub that chicken with pesto and brown it on the stovetop… then, you’ll whip up an evaporated milk flavor-bomb concoction, add it to the pan with the tomatoes, bring it to a boil, and boom. That’s it. Nothing more to it. Your tummy will thank you.

ENJOY!

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Creamy Pesto Chicken - Create a restaurant-style meal at home with this flavor-packed, creamless Creamy Pesto Chicken dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!

Creamy Pesto Chicken

Katerina | Diethood
Creamy Pesto Chicken - Create a restaurant-style meal at home with this flavor-packed, creamless Creamy Pesto Chicken dinner that comes together in just 30 minutes!
4.96 from 22 votes
Servings : 4 Serves
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins

Ingredients
  

FOR THE CHICKEN
  • 1 pound boneless , skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 2 tablespoons basil pesto
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes , halved
FOR THE SAUCE
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 2 garlic cloves , minced
  • 1/2 tablespoon basil pesto
  • 1 cup fat free evaporated milk
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • freshly shaved parmesan , for garnish, optional
  • fresh basil ribbons , for garnish, optional

Instructions
 

  • Season chicken with salt and pepper, and rub chicken with the basil pesto.
  • Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet.
  • Add chicken to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until thoroughly cooked.
  • In the meantime, prepare the sauce by combining flour, garlic, basil pesto, evaporated milk, salt, and pepper in a mixing cup or bowl; whisk until thoroughly combined and set aside.
  • Remove chicken from skillet.
  • Return skillet to heat and stir in the tomatoes. If pan is dry, add a little more olive oil.
  • Cook the tomatoes over medium-high heat for about 1 minute, or until just beginning to soften
  • Add the prepared sauce to the skillet and bring to a boil.
  • Place the chicken back in the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish with cheese and basil ribbons.
  • Serve with pasta, rice, and/or salad.

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Nutrition

Calories: 299 kcal | Carbohydrates: 12 g | Protein: 30 g | Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 75 mg | Sodium: 301 mg | Potassium: 794 mg | Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 9 g | Vitamin A: 840 IU | Vitamin C: 19.6 mg | Calcium: 217 mg | Iron: 1.2 mg | Net Carbs: 12 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken breast dinner, chicken breast recipe
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84 comments on “Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe”

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    travis.anderson@exprealty.com

    WOW! This recipe is fantastic! I’m the chef in the family. I’m always trying to make new things. I searched for a low-carb, high protein dinner option and came across this one. Very few ingredients needed and came out nice! My wife loved it.

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      Katerina Petrovska

      That’s wonderful! I’m very glad you and your family enjoyed this recipe! Thank you for chiming in! 🙂

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    Katie Hunter

    Had this tonight and both husband and I loved it! Probably won’t even have pasta next time. Super yum!

  3. This recipe is delicious, healthy and very easy to make! It is perfect for meal prepping lunches for work or for a quick and yummy dinner. Thank you for this recipe!

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