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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 - 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
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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins
 
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!
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Servings: 4 Serves
Calories: 299 kcal
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
  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper, and rub chicken with the basil pesto.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet.
  3. Add chicken to the skillet and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until thoroughly cooked.
  4. 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.
  5. Remove chicken from skillet.
  6. Return skillet to heat and stir in the tomatoes. If pan is dry, add a little more olive oil.
  7. Cook the tomatoes over medium-high heat for about 1 minute, or until just beginning to soften
  8. Add the prepared sauce to the skillet and bring to a boil.
  9. Place the chicken back in the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until heated through.
  10. Remove from heat.
  11. Garnish with cheese and basil ribbons.
  12. Serve with pasta, rice, and/or salad.

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Nutrition Facts
Creamy Pesto Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 301mg13%
Potassium 794mg23%
Carbohydrates 12g4%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 840IU17%
Vitamin C 19.6mg24%
Calcium 217mg22%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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69 Responses
  1. Jinny A Tripp

    I made this with fresh basil from my garden…didnt have some olive oil nor pine nuts…so chick peas and veg oil and canned tomatoes and 2% milk…mixed linguine noodles in sauce…

  2. Harold

    Hey there I wanted to try this delicious looking recipe. I have a question I only have regular evaporated milk. Can I use more than the recipe calls for or do I use chicken broth to stretch for a little more sauce? Thank you

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      For a creamier consistency, you can definitely use more milk, but if you’re looking for a thinner consistency, go with the chicken broth.

  3. jenny

    Is there enough sauce to dress the spaghetti noodles I’ll serve with the chicken, or do the noodles need some love before adding the chicken?

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! 👋
      For me personally, the sauce is enough, but if you like to add more, I would say to measure out 1-1/2 cups evaporated milk instead of just 1 cup.

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi!
      Yes, absolutely, but make sure to whisk it into the skillet, and continue to whisk while it cooks so that the heavy cream doesn’t curdle.

  4. Jennifer Ross

    Just finished eating this delicious meal…I did have to modify it and used 1/2 cup Greek yogurt with 1/2 cup milk…both were full fat.
    I par boiled baby potatoes which I added to the sauce, chicken and tomatoes….I served it with steamed broccoli.
    I actually prepped everything yesterday and cooked it tonight.
    Definitely will make it again and again

  5. Lisa

    Incredible recipe!!! Made as is! Served over pasta and broccoli in one dish and was pleased!!!! Added red pepper flake to adults dishes but kids gobbled it up! Thank u!!!

    1. Tania

      Made this last night it was a hit didn’t have evaporated milk so I used a combo of half and half , water and whole milk with the flour and it came out delish I’m so glad I discovered this recipe it’s a keeper next time I will try it will the evop

  6. Julie Palmer

    I’m making this for a group of 10 tonight. Do you think I could make it a bit ahead of time and place in the crock pot to keep warm to free up space on my stove for the pasta? Looks delicious!!

  7. Amy

    I made this for tonight’s dinner with a few modifications. I grilled the chicken then cut it up to add to the sauce. I also used a can of fire roasted tomatoes because I had it on hand and used 2 ounces of cream cheese instead of flour to lower the carbs even more. We ate it over zoodles and it was delicious. Even the hubby who isn’t a big pesto fan liked it. I will definitely make it again and maybe even add bacon…because bacon.

  8. Cari

    not only was this super tasty, quite healthy, and the whole family ate it (little kids, big kids, hubby), but I was able to prepare it in very little time WHICH is a 5-star meal, IMO. I don’t like thin sauce and I was worried when I saw there was no cream, but this did not disappoint!

    1. Supreena

      This was so quick and easy, and yet so tasty! I didn’t have any evaporated milk but whole milk worked just as well and the sauce was rich and creamy! Looking forward to the leftovers tomorrow…great recipe. Thank you!

  9. Sabrina

    Loved it! We served it over pasta for my little ones with a side salad and they devoured it. Thank you so much for such an easy meal with tons of flavor.

  10. Gretchen

    Made this tonight and the kiddos even loved it. I used whole milk because that is what we had and added fresh spinach with the tomatoes. Delicious. I’ll definitely make this again. It looked so fancy served with rotini and steamed French green beans

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Glad to hear that!! I love this chicken recipe, too. Can’t believe something so easy and quick can taste so good! 😀

  11. Gwendolyn M Mulholland

    I made this for dinner last night and used mushrooms instead of tomatoes as I am not a tomato fan. It was AMAZING and under the new Weight Watchers FreeStyle plan it is only 5 points.

  12. Aima

    I love pesto. This dish hits the mark where I get to combine it with other flavours and actually enjoy it! I’ve made it twice in a week now, it’s easy, quick and delicious! However, used 1.5 fat regular milk as no evaporated in stock, used store bought pesto, added sliced mushrooms and, the 2 nd time around cashews!!

  13. Jan Sims

    Hi! I am new to WW and your recipe sounds delicious! I will try it! I am looking forward to getting creative with cooking. I hear about 2 ingredient bagels but I don’t see anything on my WW app. Looking forward to following you and being inspired.

  14. Jackie

    I have made this several times—it is delicious, quick, and easy! When I first found this recipe I was trying to find a use for some fresh basil I received, That was fabulous, but even using store bought pesto makes a yummy dinner. It’s the reason I keep evaporated milk in the pantry now.

  15. chrislee59

    This was devoured in one night. Little do they suspect it’s healthy. I air fried the chicken rather than fry in oil. I added a pack of frozen chopped spinach and doubled the sauce to put over pasta. I upped the pesto and garlic in the sauce to my taste, hey no such thing as too much garlic. Topped with some low fat mozzarella and poof gone. I been on Weight Watchers plan for 22 months. Loving it and can’t wait to try more of your recipes.

  16. Chris

    Just made this for le girlfriend tonight and we both absolutely loved it. I also ended up sauteing a bunch of mushrooms with it and it turned out really well. Creamy and full of flavor! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  17. Rebecca Rhea

    Excellent and super easy.
    I skipped the cherry tomatoes (my daughter does not like tomatoes) and used 1% regular milk.

  18. Nusheen Aziz

    This dish looks great! Please guide me about the basil pesto. Is it readymade or could you please give me a recipe to make it. I made the pineapple barbecue chicken, it was soooo easy and delicious! I’m looking for a recipe to make garlic butter chicken

  19. Lisa

    I made this for dinner last night and it was amazing! The flavors are so good and the best part is it is made with no cream! I doubled the sauce because I wanted to make sure I had enough to use as sauce for the pasta I served with it. Super easy and definitely packed with flavor. Thank you Katerina!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Sue! You can make it with almond milk, but it won’t be creamy. You would need to add a thickener, like flour or cornstarch, to thicken it.

  20. Sabrina

    great recipe, pesto goes a long way with low cost calorie flavor! same with parmesan cheese, at least for me! Thank you for this!

  21. Dorothy at Shockingly Delicious

    If this tastes half as good as it looks I will be a happy girl! My low carb family members could easily make a meal without the pasta! Winning!

  22. Killian

    Hi !
    You talk about salads on the recipe. Can you just advise me a good salad variety to eat with that yummy dish?
    Regards,
    Killian.

  23. Carol Borchardt

    Looks sooo good! We’ve got a bunch of pesto in the freezer we need to use before the basil explodes again. This is our kind of meal and the perfect way to us that pesto!

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