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Pesto chicken in a skillet with wooden spoon

Skillet Pesto Chicken

Skillet Pesto Chicken is a quick and easy chicken dinner made with boneless chicken breasts, mushrooms, pesto sauce, cream, and Parmesan cheese.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 405kcal
Author Amee


  • 1 ½ lbs boneless skinless chicken breast
  • ¼ cup gluten-free flour or unbleached all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 8 oz sliced mushrooms
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • ½ cup good quality pesto sauce jarred or homemade
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese for garnish


  • Chop chicken breasts into bite-size pieces
  • Place flour and cayenne pepper in a large ziplock bag and shake to mix
  • Add chicken to bag and shake to evenly coat all pieces
  • Remove chicken from bag and shake off any excess flour
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
  • Add chicken to pan and cook until all pieces are beginning to brown to a light, golden color about 5-7 minutes
  • Remove chicken from pan and cover to keep warm
  • Add butter and mushrooms to the skillet and cook until mushrooms are nicely golden, about 5-7 minutes
  • Add chicken, chicken broth, cream and pesto to pan and stir to combine.
  • Cook for a few minutes more until sauce has started to thicken.
  • Season with salt and pepper, to taste
  • Top with freshly grated parmesan, if desired
  • Serve immediately


Calories: 405kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 387mg | Potassium: 562mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 836IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 1mg