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Marry Me Pesto Chicken

25 minsServes 4Ingredients:4 chicken breasts300ml heavy / thickened cream1 cup basil pesto (homemade or store bought)4 garlic cloves, diced½ cup chicken stock½ cup parmesan cheese1 lemon zest (about 1 tbsp)2 tsp smoked paprika1 cup sun dried tomatoes1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
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Marry Me Pesto Chicken

Serves 4| Ready in 25 mins
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This succulent smokey chicken drenched in a delicious creamy pesto sauce with sun dried tomatoes is beyond easy and crazy delicious. Make it, love it, make it again.

Marry Me Pesto Chicken

If you haven’t heard of Marry Me Chicken, that’s ok, it was a recipe that broke the internet a little while ago, and has recently resurfaced in some tasty spin-offs: pasta, sandwiches, you name it.

My spin-off, much like your Breaking Bad to Better Call Saul - similar vibe, the characters are there, but it’s a little more complex… flavour wise, not morally.

Basically if you like Marry Me Chicken, or any kind of creamy chicken and you like pesto, you’ll freaking love this. Best of all, it’s so easy and quick to make and totally delivers on flavour.

I made this using my homemade pesto recipe, which gives it a vibrant green colour because it is freshly made. A store bought pesto is a fantastic hack for this dish and just as yum though.

This dish goes perfectly with a simple salad or roast potatoes.

What you need to make Marry Me Pesto Chicken

Raw chicken breasts, sun dried tomatoes, pesto, chicken stock, olive oil, cream, lemon, garlic, parme
Chicken breasts
Boneless, skinless Chicken breasts ideally
Heavy / thickened cream is best
Basil pesto
Homemade or store bought
For a deeper flavour
Chicken stock
You can also use chicken bone broth
Parmesan cheese
Into intensify the flavour of the creamy sauce
Lemon zest
To add some citrus fragance
Smoked paprika
Brings a smokey flavour to the chicken
Sun dried tomatoes
For a concentrated tomato flavour
Basil and rocket leaves
To garnish

How to make Marry Me Pesto Chicken

Adding smoked paprika to raw chicken breasts
1. Season chicken

Pat chicken dry with a paper towel, then coat in smoked paprika, salt and pepper.

Chicken breasts frying in a pan
2. Sear chicken breast

Then in a pan with 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat, brown chicken for about 5 minutes on both sides, remove to a plate.

Adding pesto and sun dried potatoes to a creamy sauce
3. Make pesto sauce

Add garlic and ½ tbsp olive oil, and fry for about 1 minute to soften, then add ¾ cup of pesto, cream, chicken stock, lemon zest, parmesan cheese, most of the sun dried tomatoes (leaving a few for garnish), pepper, bring to a gentle simmer.

Seared chicken beasts simmering in creamy pesto sauce
4. Simmer

Once it’s beginning to bubble, add the chicken back in, gently simmer covered for 10 minutes.

Fried chicken breasts in a creamy pesto sauce with herbs and lemon
5. Serve and garnish

Once chicken is cooked through - internal temp of 75 C / 165 F, (check the thickest part) serve the chicken onto plates, topping with the sauce, a drizzle of the remaining presto and a garnish of sun dried tomatoes and fresh basil leaves.

Watch how to make Marry Me Pesto Chicken

Frequently asked questions & tips for Marry Me Pesto Chicken

Pro tips
When searing the chicken, don’t have the heat up too high because the smoked paprika will burn. Make sure the cream is on a gentle simmer, if it boil the chicken will get tough and the cream may split.
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Marry Me Pesto Chicken

Cook Time
20 mins
Prep Time
5 mins
This succulent smokey chicken drenched in a delicious creamy pesto sauce with sun dried tomatoes is beyond easy and crazy delicious. Make it, love it, make it again.
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 300ml heavy / thickened cream
  • 1 cup basil pesto (homemade or store bought)
  • 4 garlic cloves, diced
  • ½ cup chicken stock
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon zest (about 1 tbsp)
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
Category - Weeknight meals
Cuisine - American inspired
Skill Level - Super easy
Other categories -
Weeknight meals, Chicken, Dinner, Main Dishes
Nutritional information
Calories 893.3 kcal45%
Carbohydrates 25.7 g9%
Sodium 1136.2 mg49%
Magnesium 128.1 mg32%
Protein 62.6 g125%
Sugar 15.3 g17%
Calcium 353.3 mg35%
Vitamin A 67%
Fat 60.6 g93%
Fiber 5.0 g20%
Iron 4.3 mg24%
Vitamin C 21%

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