Creamy Pesto Chicken

by KetoFocus.com

A creamy pesto chicken recipe featuring juicy chicken smothered in a rich, flavorful cream sauce made from basil pesto and sun-dried tomatoes.

Unlike a traditional pesto chicken recipe, this version takes it up a notch by enveloping seared chicken thighs in a luscious cream base made by incorporating fusing the pesto with garlic, parmesan cheese and sun-dried tomato, which adds a zesty kick.

Creamy pesto chicken on a plate over cauliflower rice and topped with basil and shredded parmesan.

What makes this recipe different?

  • Perfectly seared, golden crusted chicken – Unlike other recipes for pesto chicken that just pan-sear or pan-fry the chicken thighs or breasts, this recipe coats the chicken in oat fiber, then pan-sears the breaded chicken to create a golden crust around the chicken. This will help lock in the moisture while the chicken continues to braise in the sauce, ensuring the chicken stays juicy and tender on the inside.
  • A better sauce that just plain pesto – Traditional pesto chicken is just chicken marinades and cooked in pesto sauce, but this skillet chicken recipe adds other flavors, like garlic, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, red pepper flakes and sun-dried tomatoes. All of that is mixed with heavy cream to create a thick, flavorful sauce you’ll want to scoop up with every bite.
  • Low carb – Instead of coating the chicken with breadcrumbs or all-purpose flour, oat fiber is used to coat the chicken in order to lock in those juices. Oat fiber is zero net carbs; however, almond flour and pork panko are other keto options that can be used.

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Pesto Chicken Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oil-packed sun dried tomatoes, drained
  • 3 tablespoons avocado oil
  • 2.5 pounds (~6) skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 1/4 cup oat fiber
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup basil pesto
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Creamy Pesto Chicken Directions

  • Creamy Pesto Chicken
  • A wooden spoon holding a piece of cheesy basil chicken.

    Storage information

    Refrigerator storage

    To store this creamy pesto chicken, allow it to cool to room temperature before transferring it to an airtight container. It can be refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.

    Freezer storage

    For longer storage, freeze it in a freezer-safe container or ziplock bag, ensuring all air is pressed out before sealing. Freeze for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating gently on the stove or in the microwave, adding a splash of water or cream to maintain the sauce’s creamy texture.

    Creamy Pesto Chicken: FAQS

    What can I use in place of the oat fiber?

    The oat fiber is used to bread the chicken. You can use any flour to coat the chicken from almond flour, lupin flour or pork panko if you are trying to stay low carb.

    What do you serve with pesto chicken?

    Try serving this creamy pesto chicken over zucchini noodles, cauliflower rice or you favorite keto noodle.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Creamy Pesto Chicken

    Servings: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 562
    Fat 41.5g
    Protein 37.8g
    Total Carbs 10.8g
    Net Carbs 3.7g

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