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Creamy Pesto Chicken

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This creamy pesto chicken is made with a only few ingredients, making it an easy healthy and delicious weeknight meal that comes together in only 15 minutes


This blog post is sponsored by Imagine® Foods, although the content represents my own personal opinion/experience. 🙂

Easy, healthy delicious dinner in under 30 minutes. That’s everyone’s objective on a busy weeknight, am I right? Well, this  creamy pesto chicken recipe actually only needs 15 minutes, so you really can’t beat that! And once you taste it, you’ll never guess that it took such little time to make it. And that’s all thanks to a little help from a humble carton of soup!

Imagine Creamy Super Greens Soup is power packed with veggies like organic green peas, spinach, and broccoli along with a dreamy coconut cream. So it’s a delicious, creamy soup that lends all the flavor to this creamy pesto chicken recipe. It’s the kind of recipe that makes you feel good of the minimal ingredients used that still deliver maximum flavor!

Final plates creamy pesto chicken with carton of Imagine soup in the background

How to make creamy pesto chicken

Cook the chicken

Well, now that you know the key to making this creamy pesto chicken in 15 minutes, there’s not much to the actual recipe! But here are the few steps you need to make this easy weeknight meal happen.

Start with about 1 pound of boneless skinless chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. The recipe is very forgiving and flexible, so you can use more or less chicken.

Chicken breast on cutting board with salt and pepper

Next, dredge the chicken lightly in flour and cook on both sides. The flour helps to make the chicken crispy on the outside and locks in the moisture. You can skip the flour if you prefer, but it’s a very small amount that enhances the texture of the chicken.

Cook the chicken for 5 minutes per side, allowing the chicken to naturally release from the pan. Then set aside to make the creamy pesto sauce.

Collage of two images showing the chicken getting cooked

Make the creamy pesto sauce

In that same pan, add store-bought or previously made pesto sauce. And then add the Imagine Creamy Super Greens Soup.

Collage of two images showing ingredients needed to make the recipe

So instead of adding herbs, cream and spices to the dish, we only add soup. This is the kind of soup that’s not just about taste, but also about function. What does that mean? It means it’s a powerhouse combo of beans, vegetables, and body boosting plants. And what does that all mean? Loads of nutrients and a good source of Vitamin A and Fiber with your chicken.

Then just add the chicken to this powerhouse sauce and combine! You can warm the sauce before adding the chicken for a couple minutes, and leave the chicken on top of the sauce. Or you can combine everything together and coat the chicken with the sauce.

Chicken breast placed in pesto sauce in a large pan

I love to heat up the sauce with some cherry tomatoes. They soften with the heat and release the best flavor that goes well with the creamy pesto chicken.

Cooked chicken in the sauce with cherry tomatoes

Tips for making creamy pesto chicken

  • Freeze 2-3 tablespoons of pesto to have on hand. This could be store-bought or homemade. But having the pesto ready to go is what truly makes recipe so quick and simple.
  • Start with one cup of the super green soup and adjust to get the consistency and amount you like. I found that 1 cup was great for 4 4 oz of chicken. If you’re tossing it with pasta, you’ll need more though.
  • Customize the add-ins and sides. You can serve this with pasta, rice, potatoes, added vegetables or anything else you’d like to serve it with. I went full force Italian with the cherry tomatoes and penne pasta, and we loved the combination. But if you want to serve this with grilled broccoli and rice for example, I salute your choice!
  • Check the internal temperature of the chicken for best results. The time estimates I provide in the recipe below are simple estimates based on the size and thickness of the chicken I used. For the best accuracy, I would highly recommend using a quick-read thermometer and cooking the chicken to 165°F. Be sure not to go over that temperature or the chicken will become too dry.
Final cooked chicken with pesto sauce and tomatoes with Imagine carton in background

I love how this meal looks gourmet and restaurant quality, but it’s made in just 15 minutes with very simple ingredients. It’s all thanks to the Imagine Creamy Super Greens Soup. It gave me a shortcut to making the recipe without compromising on quality or taste.

In fact all the Imagine soups are USDA organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegetarian and non-GMO project verified. Their products are ingredient proud. And that makes me proud including it in my recipes.

White plate with pasta, chicken and tomatoes in pesto sauce

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White plate with pasta, chicken and tomatoes in pesto sauce
Creamy Pesto Chicken
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

This creamy pesto chicken is made with a only few ingredients, making it an easy healthy and delicious weeknight meal that comes together in only 15 minutes

Course: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: chicken dinners, easy dinner, healthy dinner, weeknight meal
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 116 kcal
Ingredients
Chicken
  • 4-6 6 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon​​ salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
Creamy pesto sauce
  • 3 tablespoons pesto
  • 1 cup Imagine Super Greens Soup
  • Fresh basil for serving
  • Cherry tomatoes for serving
  • Penne pasta for serving
Instructions
  1. Pound chicken to same thickness, dab dry with paper towel, then season with salt and pepper on both sides. Dip chicken in flour, flipping to coat all sides, then dust off any excess flour.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet, and cook chicken over medium heat 5-8 minutes on each side until cooked through and lightly browned. Transfer chicken to a plate, cover and set aside.

  3. In same pan used for the chicken, add pesto and saute for 1-2 minutes over medium heat until fragrant. Add the Super Greens Soup, and stir until hot throughout and combined with pesto.

  4. Return chicken to pan. Sprinkle with fresh basil and serve hot with cherry tomatoes and penne pasta, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Store any leftovers in an airtight container. They will last about 3-4 days in the fridge.

Freezing Instructions: You can freeze the chicken with the sauce for up to 3 months. To re-heat, thaw in the fridge overnight and warm in the microwave until heated through.

Substitutes: For best results, follow the recipe as is. However here are some common substitutes that would work well in this recipe. If you cannot find the Imagine soup, you can substitute with cream of choice.

Nutrition: Please note that the nutrition label provided is an estimate based on an online nutrition calculator. It will vary based on the specific ingredients you use.  This information should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice. The nutrition value is for one of chicken with the sauce, but does not include the pasta or any other toppings/add-ins.

This blog post is sponsored by Imagine® Foods, although the content represents my own personal opinion/experience. 🙂

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Pesto Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 116 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 106mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 8g 3%
Protein 2g 4%
Vitamin A 4.5%
Calcium 1.8%
Iron 1.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Comments

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    ReneeW
    April 4, 2019 at 8:17 am

    Wow this looks gorgeous. I never knew about that soup, but I will definitely look for it! Can’t wait to try this for my family. Thanks Yumna!

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