Looking for a quick and comforting meal that will please the whole family? Say hello to Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast with Broccoli! This dish is all about bringing major flavor to your weeknights or cozy weekends. Imagine tender chicken breast smothered in a creamy pesto sauce paired with nutritious broccoli. This pesto chicken recipe is a match made in culinary heaven! Whip up this easy weeknight dinner to enjoy a satisfying and delicious meal that will warm your heart and fill your belly. Completely Gluten-free + Dairy-free option.
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Creamy Pesto Chicken with Broccoli. A game-changing easy weeknight recipe that deserves a spot on your weekly rotation. Not only is this rich and creamy meal perfect for feeding the family on busy nights, but it's also perfect for meal prepping lunches throughout the week. But that's not it y'all.
It's also an easy date night dish! Another one of my and my hubby's favorite chicken date night meals is this Weeknight Creamy Chicken Alfredo and this Hubby's Date Night Vodka Ravioli or Healthy Weeknight General Tso's Chicken. If you love seafood then this Date Night Healthy Shrimp Lo Mein is also amazing! What can I say? Our love languages are FOOD!
I love how versatile this pesto chicken recipe can be. Serve it over potatoes, pasta, rice, or any of your favorite sides. I'm loving the addition of this Cheesy Kale Garlic Bread at the moment. My hubby and kid love adding it to this Weeknight Broccoli Pesto Gnocchi + Chickpeas! So many options to suit everyone.
Overall, this Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast with Broccoli is definitely comfort food in a bowl, includes simple steps, and can totally be enjoyed as a weeknight meal or weekend vibe for the entire family OR made for a special someone!
Comforting and satisfying: It's a hearty and satisfying dish that will warm your soul and keep you coming back for more.
Family-Friendly: The creamy sauce and tender chicken make it a hit with picky eaters.
Quick and easy: Perfect for busy weeknights when you want a delicious meal without spending hours in the kitchen. Easy weeknight dinner sorted!
Ideal For Meal Prepping: This pesto chicken recipe is a convenient + delicious option for lunches or dinners on busy days.
Flavor explosion: Brace yourself for a party in your mouth!
Absolutely! Store-bought pesto works perfectly fine and saves you time. My favorite is this Basil Pesto but feel free to use your personal favorite or a Dairy-free pesto if you're sensitive to dairy. If you have homemade pesto on hand, it will add an extra layer of freshness and flavor to your pesto chicken recipe!
Here's what you need to make this one-step pesto:
Traditionally, pesto contains nuts. However, you can substitute the walnuts in this recipe with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds for a nut-free version.
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Creamy Pesto Chicken Breast is a versatile and delicious dish that can be served in various ways to suit your preferences. You can add to a fresh salad, pasta, gnocchi, on tacos, atop homemade pizza, or make a grain bowl.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to incorporating this delightful pesto chicken. Here are a few more scrumptious ideas to inspire you:
You can absolutely substitute the chicken in this recipe for other pieces of the chicken or with another plant-based meat alternative altogether such as:
Yes definitely! To make this creamy pesto sauce dairy-free, simply swap the cream with full-fat coconut milk or coconut cream. Be sure to buy a dairy-free pesto, or make your own. And use your favorite dairy-free shredded cheese, parmesan, or nutritional yeast instead of regular parmesan, and voila --Easy weeknight dinner sorted!
Absolutely! Basil is the main ingredient in pesto and is not only delicious but also offers several health benefits. Here are 3 reasons why basil is good for you:
Nutrient-rich: Basil is packed with essential nutrients like vitamins A, K, and C, as well as minerals like manganese, copper, calcium, and iron. These nutrients support overall health and well-being.
Antioxidant powerhouse: Basil contains potent antioxidants that help protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. These antioxidants have potential anti-inflammatory and disease-fighting effects.
Supports digestion: Basil has been traditionally used to aid digestion. It can help soothe the stomach, reduce bloating and gas, and promote healthy digestion.
It's already gluten-free so long as the ingredients you use, such as the pesto sauce is labeled gluten-free. You can serve the creamy pesto chicken with gluten-free pasta, potatoes, rice, or quinoa for a complete gluten-free meal.
Absolutely! Boneless, skinless chicken thighs can be used as a delicious alternative to chicken breast in this recipe. Just adjust the cooking time accordingly, as thighs may require a few extra minutes to cook through.
Yes, you can use frozen broccoli if you don't have fresh broccoli on hand. Just make sure to thaw and drain the frozen broccoli before adding it to the dish. Keep in mind that the texture and cooking time may vary slightly compared to fresh broccoli.
Absolutely! This pesto chicken recipe can easily be doubled or scaled up to accommodate a larger crowd. Adjust the ingredient quantities accordingly and make sure to use a larger pan or baking dish for cooking.
Any leftovers can be kept in a tightly sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3-4 days.
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