Skillet Chicken with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

04.01.2016

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! 

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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.

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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!

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Skillet Chicken with Creamy Sun Dried Tomato Sauce

4.8 from 5 votes

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
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 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

  1. Pound chicken to an even thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. 
  2. Heat 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Transfer to a sheet of foil and wrap to keep warm, set aside.
  5. 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. 
  6. Pour in 1 1/3 cups chicken broth, while scraping bottom to release browned bits. 
  7. 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. 
  8. Bring to a light boil and allow to simmer 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add in cream and parmesan, stirring until parmesan has melted. 
  9. Remove from heat, add chicken to skillet, spoon sauce over chicken. Top with basil and serve immediately.

Recipe 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*
Total Fat 36g 55%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 134mg 45%
Sodium 687mg 29%
Potassium 951mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 12.3%
Vitamin C 21.2%
Calcium 13.6%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Chicken Breast Recipes, Sun Dried Tomato Chicken
Calories: 556 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

46 comments

  • Mary: I tried this recipe and my kids loved it so much that it is now one of my go to recipes to make during the week. My daughter hates tomatoes but LOVES this. I made it last night and didn’t have any basil so I just sprinkled on dried parsley and it was still good.

    Try this recipe! Easy to make and soooo good! I have no idea if it makes good leftovers because we never have any! November 20, 2018 at 7:40am Reply

  • Kathryn M Fischer: Very delicious; the sauce is surprisingly light. I made a few changes on the preparation as I wanted to make sure the chicken was completely cooked, yet moist and juicy. After searing the chicken in a little olive oil, I took it out and set it aside according to directions. I made the sauce, but omitted the cream, cheese, and chicken broth/cornstarch until after allowing the seared chicken to simmer about 20 minutes, then I removed the chicken, added the remaining ingredients, then put the chicken back in, then cooked until thickened. Also added a few baby bellas and some dried parsley. Served this over whole grain pasta – watching carbs. March 11, 2018 at 8:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the great feedback Kathryn! March 12, 2018 at 10:35am Reply

  • Marisol: We loved this recipe, had it for dinner today. Flavors are fantastic. We ate with rice with peas and carrots. Yummy! Thank you. March 4, 2018 at 11:26pm Reply

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