Creamy Pesto Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes

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Creamy Pesto Chicken with Roasted Tomatoes
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Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe – Super luscious and creamy! This creamy pesto chicken comes together in about 30 minutes. Sear the chicken breasts in a skillet, make the creamy pesto sauce and assemble with the roasted tomatoes – it’s a matter of 30 minutes from start to finish. Easy, and you’ll love the flavors! Serve these creamy pesto chicken breasts over your favorite pasta, rice, or zucchini noodles. This easy dinner recipe is sure to become a new family favorite!

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Creamy pesto chicken recipe

This creamy pesto chicken recipe with roasted tomatoes is just the kind of weeknight dinner that’s sure to become a new favorite. Most of the ingredients in this chicken recipe are easy to find at your favorite grocery store, or already in your pantry. Pan-seared chicken breasts are served over a rich and flavorful creamy pesto sauce with juicy roasted tomatoes. You’ll love the herby, garlicky goodness of this simple chicken dinner. Plus, creamy pesto chicken makes great leftovers the next day!

How to make the creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes

This creamy pesto chicken recipe is very easy: Toss grape tomatoes with olive oil, salt, and pepper and roast in a hot oven for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, cook chicken breast in a large skillet over medium heat. Then cook onion and garlic, and combine with pesto and cream. Then add chicken breast and tomatoes to the skillet. Simmer for a couple of minutes, then serve the creamy pesto chicken immediately!

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1. To make the pesto chicken: Preheat your oven to 400ºF (200ºC). Toss cherry tomatoes with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, salt, and pepper on a rimmed baking sheet. Spread the grape tomatoes in one layer. Roast the tomatoes for about 20 minutes until blistered while preparing the chicken.

2. Season the chicken breasts on all sides with garlic powder, paprika, salt, and pepper.

3. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat and cook chicken breasts until browned on the edges and cooked through – about 5 minutes on each side. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.

4. In the same skillet, cook onion until slightly caramelized, adding a little oil if necessary. Add garlic to the onion and cook for 30 seconds, until fragrant.

5. Add pesto and give it a quick stir to combine with the onion. Then pour in the whipping cream and parmesan, stir gently, and bring to a simmer.

6. Add the cooked chicken and roasted tomatoes to the skillet and reheat for a couple of minutes. Serve the creamy pesto chicken with roasted tomatoes immediately. Enjoy! ❤️

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Tip for the creamy pesto chicken recipe

Here are a few tips to make this creamy pesto chicken recipe even better:

  • Make sure to bring chicken breasts to room temperature before cooking. 10 minutes on the counter while you prepare the other ingredients should be enough.
  • If your chicken breasts are large and thick, slice them horizontally to make cutlets. They’ll cook quicker.
  • Make your own basil pesto if you have extra time! Homemade pesto is easy and quick to make and can be easily stored in mason jars for future meals.
  • Toasted pine nuts will add extra flavor and texture to this easy chicken recipe.
  • We like to add a drizzle of hot sauce like Sriracha to the creamy pesto sauce for a kick of spice!

What to serve with pesto chicken?

Serve the pesto chicken over pasta, couscous, rice, or more roasted veggies for a low-carb version.

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.

How to keep the creamy chicken leftovers

If your family doesn’t lick the pan clean by the time dinner is over, this pesto chicken recipe reheats very well for lunch the next day! You can keep the pesto chicken leftovers for 3 days in an airtight container in your refrigerator. Reheat on medium-low in a covered saucepan with a few drops of water to loosen the sauce.

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.

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  • Judi

    2024-03-24 15:49:32

    Our new favorite! What a wonderful mix of flavors ..& so simple to make! I served it with brown rice, roasted asparagus & salad. My husband yummed his way through the entire meal. Thanks!

  • Cathy

    2024-01-12 22:31:07

    Such great flavor!!! I added the parm right after the cream and added a pinch of red pepper flakes at the end. Great recipe!!

  • Karen

    2023-11-08 18:15:23

    Delicious, a little salty so I would cut back on the amount of added salt you use. I roasted the tomatoes with little baby potatoes & sautéed mushrooms & added all at the end, very good

  • April

    2023-10-24 18:23:39

    Delicious! Definitely a keeper. Was a little confused when the recipe called for 1/4 cup of grated parm but in the direction, it never came up. So I just sprinkled it at the end. Other than that, it’s just amazing!!

  • Bronwyn

    2023-08-10 12:09:55

    Absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe with us.

  • Teresa

    2023-02-20 19:06:40

    This was amazing, such great flavors!

  • Stephanie

    2022-12-18 23:56:47

    The flavors here were great! Anything with pesto and roasted tomatoes is a winner in my book. This was definitely not a 30min meal for me though. Even cutting my chicken breasts in half they took quite a bit longer to cook

  • Melinda

    2022-12-06 20:15:21

    YUM !!!!

  • Joanna

    2022-11-08 17:27:21

    This was friggin delicious! Roasting the tomatoes made all the difference.

  • Julie

    2022-08-29 18:49:08

    We loved this recipe! There are only two of us so I did two breasts but kept the same amount of sauce and served it over bow tie noodles. And I just smashed garlic cloves and roasted them with the tomatoes. So good!

  • Rhoda

    2022-03-21 18:32:48

    Enjoyed the meal, will definitely make it again. I did remember to add the parmesan, used as more of a garnish at the end, but forgot about the red pepper flakes since the recipe never mentioned them. I did have to roast the tomatoes longer, will probably try at 425 rather than 400, and may increase the tomatoes as well. Very good flavor.

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