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Creamy Pesto Chicken

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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
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
Keyword: chicken breast dinner, chicken breast recipe
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.
Recipe Notes

WW SMART POINTS: 7

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Pesto Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 299 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 75mg 25%
Sodium 301mg 13%
Potassium 794mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Sugars 9g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 16.8%
Vitamin C 23.7%
Calcium 21.7%
Iron 6.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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40 Responses
  1. 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!!

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 🙂

  6. Rebecca Rhea

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

  7. 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 ????

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

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