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Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast

Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast Recipe

Made in less than 20 minutes, this Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast is perfect for a quick, simple and delicious dinner. Chicken breast is quickly seared before being submerged in a creamy pesto sauce and finished with Parmesan cheese. I’ve used spinach here, but this is a great recipe for using up whatever vegetables you already have—try cherry tomatoes, shredded kale, broccoli or peas. Whether it’s piled up on a bed of zoodles, served with crusty bread or shredded and tossed through spiral pasta, this is a fantastic weeknight option.

Can you make Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast ahead of time?

Yes, Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast can be refrigerated for up to 3 days. It can also be frozen for up to 2 months—slice the chicken and ensure it’s covered with sauce to avoid freezer burn. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight. Reheat in the microwave. The sauce will lose a bit of creaminess and become more oil-based as the milk fats separate from the milk solids. It will still taste delicious!

Is Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast suitable for leftovers?

Yes, refrigerate Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast for up to 3 days.

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Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast Recipe

Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast

  • Total Time: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x

Ingredients

Units Scale
  • 900 g chicken breast (roughly 3 chicken breasts), cut in half lengthways to create 6 slices
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup semi-dried tomatoes
  • 2 cups spinach leaves (see note 1)
  • 1 cup thickened/heavy cream
  • 2/3 cup pesto
  • 1 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese, plus extra to serve

Instructions

  1. Season the chicken breast with salt.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the chicken breast and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden. Set aside.
  3. Deglaze the pan with 1/4 of water if sticky, scraping up any crispy bits with a wooden spoon.
  4. To the same pan, add the garlic cloves and cook for 1 minute, stirring until fragrant.
  5. Add the semi-dried tomatoes, spinach leaves (or veg of choice, see note 1) and the thickened cream. Bring to a gentle simmer (this will take 1-2 minutes).
  6. Stir through the pesto and return the chicken to the pan. Simmer on low for 3-5 minutes until the chicken has cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
  7. Top with Parmesan cheese and serve.

Notes

Note 1 – This is a great dinner to use up the last of the veg in your fridge and freezer. You can use 2 cups of your vegetable of choice instead of the spinach. Some good options include cherry tomatoes, zucchini ‘zoodles’, shredded kale, peas, shredded silverbeet or broccoli.

MAKE AHEAD

Refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 2 months—slice the chicken and ensure it’s covered with sauce to avoid freezer burn. Thaw completely in the fridge overnight. Reheat in the microwave. The sauce will lose a bit of creaminess and become more oil-based as the milk fats separate from the milk solids. It will still taste delicious!

LEFTOVERS

Refrigerate for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave. The sauce will lose a bit of creaminess and become more oil-based as the milk fats separate from the milk solids. It will still taste delicious!

  • Author: Nicole
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Category: chicken, Chicken Breast, Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast
  • Method: pan, simmer
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast, Creamy Pesto Chicken recipe, Creamy Pesto Chicken

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  1. We love this recipe/meal! Thank you!

  2. So easy and tasty! Will be making this regularly.

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