Skillet Chicken with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

April 1, 2016

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Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken is easy enough for weeknights but worthy of guests. The combination of flavors – the sun dried tomatoes, garlic, shallot, cream, parmesan and basil is simply divine.

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Cooking in Skillet

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken in Skillet

You can never have too many easy chicken recipes for a quick weeknight meal! The great thing about this Skillet Chicken with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce is that it’s simple enough for a weeknight meal yet it’s fancy enough to serve to guests on a weekend.

It’s packed with bright and delicious Italian flavors that will leaving everyone craving it and requesting it be made again and again! 

Sun Dried Tomato Chicken simmering with Sun Dried Tomato Sauce Sun Dried Tomato Chicken toped with basil leaves in plenty of sauce

One-Pan Meals are the Best!

I love that this sun dried tomato chicken recipe is cooked in a skillet on the stove top so you don’t need to wait for an oven or grill to preheat, and of course being the dishes hater that I am, I love the fact that the chicken and sun dried tomato sauce are made in one pan.

This is perfect for serving with pasta as it makes plenty of extra sauce to serve over the top – with extra parmesan of course! And I’d recommend serving it with a side of steamed or roasted asparagus.

Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce over Sun Dried Tomato Chicken Dish

Who says weeknight meals need to be boring? This is anything but! The sun dried tomatoes, garlic/shallot, cream, parmesan and basil is simply divine.

This creamy sun dried tomato chicken is a restaurant quality-dish but no one needs to know how easy it is to make!

4.67 from 12 votes

Skillet Chicken with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

Such an easy delicious chicken recipe! Chicken breasts are pan seared then covered in a rich, creamy, incredibly flavorful sun dried tomato sauce and then finished with fresh basil.
Servings: 4
Prep10 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Ready in: 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts*
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 Tbsp finely chopped shallot or yellow onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/3 cups + 1 Tbsp low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup sun dried tomato halves packed in olive oil, drained and finely chopped**
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil

Instructions

  • Pound chicken to an even thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. 
  • Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. 
  • Add chicken (cover with a splatter screen if you have one) and cook about 4 - 5 minutes per side until center registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer. 
  • Transfer to a sheet of foil and wrap to keep warm, set aside.
  • Heat remaining 1 Tbsp olive oil in skillet. Add shallot and saute until nearly soft, about 3 minutes, add garlic and saute 1 minute longer. 
  • Pour in 1 1/3 cups chicken broth, while scraping bottom to release browned bits. 
  • In a small bowl whisk together remaining 1 Tbsp broth with cornstarch then pour into skillet. Stir in sun dried tomatoes, season sauce with salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Bring to a light boil and allow to simmer 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add in cream and parmesan, stirring until parmesan has melted. 
  • Remove from heat, add chicken to skillet, spoon sauce over chicken. Top with basil and serve immediately.

Notes

  • *If you can't find smaller chicken breasts you can cut two larger ones in half through the thickness to create four smaller ones (and you shouldn't need to pound it even).
  • **Sun dried tomatoes can be minced by hand or in a food processor.
Nutrition Facts
Skillet Chicken with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 556 Calories from Fat 324
% Daily Value*
Fat 36g55%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 134mg45%
Sodium 687mg30%
Potassium 951mg27%
Carbohydrates 7g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 615IU12%
Vitamin C 17.5mg21%
Calcium 136mg14%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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61 Comments

  • Joanne Lortie

    Can the cheese be substituted with other kind of cheeses?
    I was thinking maybe with shredded Tex Mex?

  • Johanna

    So easy and delicious! Before adding the chicken back to the pan, I added a couple handfuls of spinach and let it wilt in the sauce. Added some extra nutrients and helped with the abundance of sauce. Definitely going to be one of my new go-to weeknight chicken recipes!

  • Talon

    I was expecting more of a tomato taste but it’s almost like a gravy! And that is in no way a bad thing. I made a side of rice pilaf to go with it and it tastes really good on the rice. Chicken came out nice and tender. Next time I think I’ll dice up the sundried tomatoes I bought they were pretty chunky. I think next time I’ll experiment and add a bit of tomato paste instead of the corn starch to get a more tomato taste. But it’s fantastic by itself too. I’ve never had a bad recipe from this website. Thanks for another winner :)

  • Laura McCarthy

    Absolutely delicious. Very easy and a really stunning dish to serve.

  • Montese Kirby

    I’m not sure how someone could say this was terrible. This came out delicious! I knew I wanted more sauce, so I added to it and it was perfect. Will be added to my normal rotation with possibly shrimp and/or a white fish to change it up.

  • Charlene

    Terrible recipe, I followed it directly and it turned out barely any sauce and the chicken was not Up to par either. Never again. What a waste.

    • Kevin

      Wow Charlene you clearly dont know how to follow directions then. This turned out to be one of the best recipes I have ever tried. Everything was amazing. Maybe learn to cook before you are so incredibly rude.

  • Ashley belmonte

    I made this dish with sun-dried tomatoes I was given from Italy. I also added asparagus and mushrooms (cooked separately and added later). It was delicious! I wish I could add a picture.