Creamy Skillet Pesto Chicken


On busy weeknights is there anything better than a quick and easy dinner that your whole family loves? Maybe a pint of ice cream, but my Creamy Skillet Pesto Chicken is a close second! This 30-minute meal takes regular old chicken breasts, loads them with parmesan and basil, and douses them is a luscious creamy pesto sauce that’ll make you weak in the knees. Serve this recipe over some linguine and it’ll become one of your chicken pasta recipes! Or make a green salad with Quick and Easy Italian Dressing to balance out the cream sauce. No matter how you serve it, this pesto chicken recipe never has leftovers.

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Pesto is the food I never knew I needed. It wasn’t until I was probably twenty that I tried it for the first time and you guys, I technically haven’t even reached my mid-twenties yet so basically, I tried pesto for the first time two seconds ago. WHY did no one take me by the hand and tell me that something really amazing was missing from my life long before that I have no idea. If you had an opportunity and missed it, I am blaming you.

As soon as I took the very first bite I was one hundred percent sold. I went home and bought a big jar of pesto and I swear to you that thing disappeared faster than you can say YUMMYLICIOUSNESS. Not long after that though I made it myself for the first time and ohmagosh homemade pesto is seventeen times better than store-bought.

Tools used to make this Creamy Skillet Pesto Chicken recipe

Mixing Bowl: These mixing bowls are perfect for mixing and serving. I love the varied sizes so I always have to right size bowl for all my mixing needs.

Large Skillet: This skillet is my go-to kitchen tool. Its large circumference and high sides make it perfect for cooking anything from one-pan meals to soups and sauces.

Wooden Spoon: Wooden spoons are a kitchen essential. I keep a bunch of them on hand for every meal from breakfast to dinner.

Creamy Skillet Pesto Chicken

Creamy skillet pesto chicken with the most flavorful white cream pesto sauce imaginable covering juicy chicken, and topped with parmesan cheese!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Servings 4
Calories 592 kcal


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts pounded to even thickness
  • ¼ cup  flour
  • ¼ teaspoon  salt
  • ¼ teaspoon  black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon  garlic powder
  • ⅓  cup  parmesan cheese shredded

creamy pesto sauce:

  • ⅓  cup  basil pesto
  • 1 cup  heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • fresh basil or parsley chopped, optional


  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Dip chicken in, flipping to coat all sides.
  • Grease a large skillet and cook chicken over medium heat 5-8 minutes on each side until cooked through and lightly browned. Transfer chicken to a plate, cover with foil, and set aside.
  • In the pan where you cooked the chicken, add pesto and saute for 1-2 minutes over medium heat until fragrant. Add heavy cream and stir until hot throughout and combine with pesto. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Add chicken to pan, sprinkle parmesan cheese on top, and cook until cheese is melted. Sprinkle with freshly chopped basil or parsley and serve hot.
Keyword chicken

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