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Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Apr 15, 2021
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Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken
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Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken Recipe - #eatwell101 #recipe This #stir-fry #chicken with #pesto, #sun-dried #tomatoes and bell #peppers in a #creamy #garlic sauce is simply amazing.
Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken Recipe - #eatwell101 #recipe This #stir-fry #chicken with #pesto, #sun-dried #tomatoes and bell #peppers in a #creamy #garlic sauce is simply amazing.

Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken Recipe – This stir-fried chicken with pesto, sun-dried tomatoes, and bell peppers in a creamy garlic sauce is simply amazing. The flavorful sauce infuses every single bite of this fail-proof, family-friendly dinner! All ingredients combine perfectly with each other – this garlic pesto chicken is delicious and so creamy!

Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken Recipe - #eatwell101 #recipe This #stir-fry #chicken with #pesto, and bell peppers in a #creamy #garlic sauce is simply amazing. Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Ingredients list for the Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken

Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken Recipe - #eatwell101 #recipe This #stir-fry #chicken with #pesto, and bell peppers in a #creamy #garlic sauce is simply amazing. Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken Recipe - #eatwell101 #recipe This #stir-fry #chicken with #pesto, and bell peppers in a #creamy #garlic sauce is simply amazing. Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken Recipe - #eatwell101 #recipe This #stir-fry #chicken with #pesto, and bell peppers in a #creamy #garlic sauce is simply amazing. Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken Recipe - #eatwell101 #recipe This #stir-fry #chicken with #pesto, and bell peppers in a #creamy #garlic sauce is simply amazing. Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Directions

1. To make the pesto chicken: Heat 1 tablespoon of the drained tomato oil with Italian seasoning and crushed chili pepper in a large nonstick skillet. Add chicken breasts to the skillet and cook on medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side, until cooked. If the chicken starts to brown too much, lower the heat. Remove chicken from the skillet, and set aside.

2. Prepare the sauce by combining basil pesto, cream, and chicken stock in a mixing cup or bowl; whisk until thoroughly combined and set aside.

3. Return the skillet to heat and stir in onion, garlic, and sun-dried tomato. If the skillet is dry, add a little more oil from the sun-dried tomato jar. Cook over medium-high heat for about 1 minute, or until just fragrant. Add bell peppers and continue cooking until slightly cooked but still crisp.

4. Add the prepared pesto sauce to the skillet and bring it to a simmer. Slice chicken breasts into strips and return to the skillet and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until heated through. Garnish with parmesan and basil, serve the creamy pesto chicken immediately on top of pasta, rice, zucchini noodles, or bulgur. Enjoy! ❤️

Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken Recipe - #eatwell101 #recipe This #stir-fry #chicken with #pesto, and bell peppers in a #creamy #garlic sauce is simply amazing. Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

Tips for the creamy pesto chicken recipe

  • Make sure to bring chicken breasts at room temperature before cooking. 15 minutes on the counter while you prepare the other ingredients should be enough.
  • We like to add a drizzle of hot sauce like Sriracha for a kick of spice!

Can we make the pesto chicken with chicken thighs?

Yes, but keep in mind chicken thighs have more fat than chicken breasts. You might want to use skinless, boneless chicken thighs. Cook as directed, rest, slice, then add the chicken back to the cream sauce.

How and how long to keep the creamy pesto chicken leftovers?

You can keep the creamy pesto chicken leftovers for up to 3 days in an airtight container. Reheat with a few drops of water to loosen the cream sauce.

What to serve with the creamy pesto chicken?

You can serve the creamy pesto chicken on top of pasta, rice, bulgur or if you’re on a low-carb diet, try zucchini noodles or cauliflower rice.

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Creamy Garlic Pesto Chicken Recipe - #eatwell101 #recipe This #stir-fry #chicken with #pesto, and bell peppers in a #creamy #garlic sauce is simply amazing. Photo credit: © Eatwell101.com

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  • Maria

    2021-06-14 17:06:44

    This was amazing. I just had red bell peppers so used those instead of a variety. Agree I would like more sauce, but I ALWAYS like more sauce!

  • Sue

    2021-06-03 20:34:02

    It was ok, kind of bland. I would deglaze with white wine, increase the cream and chicken broth by a third at least. Add some kosher salt with the Italian seasoning and let rest for the flavors to blend for at least 10 minutes.

  • Deborah

    2021-05-12 22:37:10

    First time I made this dish! Fantastic!! I made a 4 serving size which kept the 2 of us eating for 2 nights straight! Thank you! It’s on the top of my list of meals. FYI the red pepper flakes I put in had my husband’s nose run! Haha 😂

  • Kristopher

    2021-04-22 20:57:00

    God recipe but I would definitely double the sauce.

  • Liz

    2021-04-13 15:15:29

    Looks delicious, could I make it with shrimp instead of chicken?

  • Katie

    2021-04-08 13:13:07

    Very tasty!! My boyfriend and I made this with rice and it is delicious! Also he is very very very picky when it comes to food and he loved this. I did tweak it by adding a little more broth, cream, and pesto and also cooked a little with olive oil. We will definitely be making this again!!

  • Shelby

    2021-03-11 21:07:45

    I always follow a recipe to a T the first time so I can make adjustments later. I was pretty disappointed with this. The sauce to meat ratio is WAY off. Also a tad bland.

  • Elle

    2020-12-31 04:26:01

    This was absolutely delicious! I thickened the sauce a bit with cornflower paste.

  • Charley

    2020-11-20 23:59:29

    Very good recipe! My bf is a picky eater and he loved it.

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