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The BEST Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe

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This creamy pesto chicken recipe is an easy and quick dish that’s ready in only 30 minutes. Perfect for a quick dinner, this chicken recipe consists of pan-seared chicken breast smothered in a delicious creamy pesto sauce loaded with tons of flavors. And the best part – it’s made in only one pan.

Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe

So if you are struggling with a busy day and don’t have much time to make dinner, this recipe is for you. Just imagine a juicy chicken breast covered in a delicious sauce that can be served with your favorite side dishes to create a complete meal. 

We are big fans of one-skillet meals, and if you want to try other interesting recipes, then we are sure that you will also love our one-skillet creamy Tuscan chicken, marry me chicken, and chicken Florentine.

Why Are You Going To Love This Recipe

  • Made from easy-to-find and naturally low-carb ingredients.
  • It’s a one-skillet recipe, which means fewer dishes to clean.
  • You can make it ahead of time.
  • Has only 5g net carbs per serving.
  • It’s a versatile recipe that can be served with many side dishes.
  • It’s a budget-friendly recipe. You don’t need expensive ingredients to prepare it.
Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe

Ingredients For The Pesto Chicken 

For this delicious creamy pesto chicken, you’ll need just a few low-carb ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Here is everything you will need:

Ingredients Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe
  • Chicken Breast – you will need boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into thinner slices.
  • Salt&Pepper – to taste. You can also add your favorite seasonings, like paprika and onion powder.
  • Olive Oil – feel free to use your favorite type of vegetable oil.
  • Garlic – fresh minced garlic to enhance the flavors.
  • Tomatoes – I used grape tomatoes cut in half.
  • Heavy Cream – make the sauce extra creamy and delicious.
  • Pesto – you can use store-bought or homemade pesto for a better taste.

How To Make This Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe

This chicken recipe, coated in a creamy and delicious pesto sauce, is super easy to make in under 35 minutes from start to finish. Here’s everything you have to do:

Prepare The Chicken Breast

  1. Start by cutting each chicken breast into two thinner pieces, then season them with salt and pepper on both sides.

Cook The Chicken Breast

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet oven on medium heat. Add the seasoned chicken breast and cook on each side until cooked through and golden brown. 
  2. Remove the chicken breast from the skillet and set aside on a plate.

Make The Sauce

  1. Heat the remaining olive oil in the same skillet, turning the heat to medium-low. Add the minced garlic and cook for one minute.
  2. Add the grape tomatoes and cook for 5 minutes or until they are softened and tender.
  3. Now, add the heavy cream and pesto and stir until well combined. Bring the sauce to a simmer and adjust the salt and pepper.

Return The Chicken To The Skillet

  1. Add the cooked chicken breast to the skillet and cover with sauce. Let everything simmer for a few minutes.
  2. Turn off the heat and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.
Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe

Tips For A Perfect Creamy Pesto Chicken

Reduce The Cooking Time

If you want to reduce the cooking time, you can cut the chicken breast as thinly as you want.

Don’t Overcrowd The Pan

Make sure you leave some same space between each piece of chicken breast to ensure even cooking and flip them easily.

Avoid Overcooking

Make sure that you do not overcook the chicken. Otherwise, it will become too dry.

Allow The Chicken To Come To Room Temperature Before Cooking

To obtain the best texture, remove the chicken breast from the fridge for almost 30 minutes before cooking it. This step will help the chicken to have a juicy and tender texture.

Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe

Storing Ideas

  • Fridge – You can store the leftovers of this pesto chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for about 5 days.
  • Freezer – You can also store the leftovers in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  • Reheating: You can reheat the leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop, but you’ll need to thin the sauce with a little chicken broth or water.

Serving Ideas

When I make this recipe, I enjoy it with a slice of my favorite keto bread, but if you want to make a complete meal, you can pair it with many side dishes. Here are some great ideas:

Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Pesto Keto-Friendly?

Sure, pesto sauces are great for a keto diet since they are made from naturally low-carb and keto ingredients. However, if we are talking about those from the store, it is essential to read the labels since some of them may contain ingredients that are high in carbs.

Can I Substitute Chicken Breast?

Sure, you can use any chicken meat you want. For example, I used chicken breasts, but if you want to make this recipe with chicken thighs, go ahead. But you’ll need to know that the cooking time will increase.

Can I Make This Recipe Ahead Of Time?

Sure, you can prepare this chicken recipe in advance and store it in the fridge. To do that, cook the chicken as we did in this recipe, then when you have a busy day, prepare the sauce to add to the chicken and enjoy.

Can I Make This Recipe Dairy-Free?

Sure, you can prepare a dairy-free creamy pesto chicken by replacing the heavy cream with the same amount of canned coconut milk.

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Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe

Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe

5 from 1 vote

Prep time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Yelds 4 servings
Author Ioana Borcea from LowCarbSpark.com

Description
 

This creamy pesto chicken is an easy and quick recipe that’s ready in only 35 minutes. Perfect for a quick dinner, this chicken recipe consists of pan-seared chicken breast smothered in a delicious creamy pesto sauce loaded with tons of flavors. And the best part – it’s made in only one pan.
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Ingredients
 
 

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 3 garlic cloves
  • 1- pint grape tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup pesto

Instructions
 

  • Slice the chicken breast into two thinner pieces. Then season them with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Heat one tbsp of olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Add the chicken breast pieces and cook until brown on each side(for about 10 minutes). Remove from the pan and set them aside on a plate.
  • Prepare the sauce. Add the remaining olive oil to the same skillet and cook the minced garlic for about 1 minute. Add the halved tomatoes and cook them until tender.
  • Add in the heavy cream and pesto. Cook until the sauce begins to simmer.
  • Then return the cooked chicken to the skillet, and cover it with sauce. Allow everything to simmer for about 5 minutes, then turn off the heat.
  • Serve hot with fresh chopped parsley on top.
Nutrition Facts
Amount per serving.
Calories
277kcal
Total Carbs
7g
Net Carbs
5g
Protein
26g
Fat
16g
Fiber
2g
Sugar
4g

How do we calculate the nutrition info?

These nutrition facts listed are determined using nutrition information from the USDA Food Database. Our nutrition facts are accurate, but if you are using different products, please make your calculations. Net carb count is calculated by subtracting both fiber and sugar alcohols because they don’t raise blood sugar.

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe
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