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Creamy Sun-dried Tomato Chicken Recipe (20 Min!)

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Looking for a quick and healthy dinner for busy weeknights? This creamy sun-dried tomato chicken recipe is loaded with flavor and comes together in just 20 minutes. Chicken breasts are browned to perfection, and then cooked in a creamy, savory sauce that’s studded with sun-dried tomatoes and topped with aromatic basil.

Chicken and tomatoes are a natural combo and if you like it as much as I do, be sure to try my basil pesto chicken, grilled bruschetta chicken, baked chicken caprese, or Mediterranean chicken next.

Why You’ll Love This Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Recipe

  • Tender, juicy chicken
  • Creamy, savory sauce
  • Just 5 minutes prep time
  • Healthy dinner in 20 minutes
  • Naturally gluten-free, low carb, keto, and easily whole30 and paleo
Sun-dried tomato chicken over mashed cauliflower

Ingredients You’ll Need

This section explains how to choose the best ingredients for chicken with sun dried tomato cream sauce, what each one does in the recipe, and substitution options. For measurements, see the recipe card below.

  • Chicken Breasts – I prefer to use organic chicken (and you can get it delivered right to your door), but any boneless, skinless chicken breasts will work. You can also use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer.
  • Sea Salt & Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil – Used for sauteing the chicken. Avocado oil is an equally good option. You can substitute butter for flavor if you don’t turn up the heat too high, so it doesn’t burn.
  • Chicken Broth – I like to use organic chicken broth, but any chicken broth (or even beef or vegetable broth) will work. You can also use low-sodium if you’re trying to cut back on sodium. Bone broth is great as well for extra nutrition.
  • Arrowroot Powder – This helps thicken the sauce without any flours, making it a great cornstarch substitute. I don’t use white flour in my recipes, but that would also work as a 1:1 replacement. If you want to avoid starch altogether, you can use 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of xanthan gum instead.
  • Garlic – Use fresh garlic cloves or jarred garlic for convenience.
  • Cream – Heavy cream will have the richest flavor, but for a paleo, dairy-free, and whole30 option, use coconut cream. In fact, I originally made this recipe with coconut cream, but I do slightly prefer the flavor now with heavy cream instead.
  • Sun-dried Tomatoes – You can make your own homemade sun-dried tomatoes, or buy them. If they are packed in oil, drain before using. It’s best to use julienned (thinly sliced) tomatoes for this recipe, and many store-bought brands are sold already chopped this way, but chop them up if not.
  • Fresh Basil – Fresh basil adds amazing bright flavor, but if it’s not available or in-season, you can omit it or use some spinach instead for color.
Ingredients for creamy sun-dried tomato chicken

How To Make Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken

This section shows how to make healthy sun-dried tomato chicken with step-by-step photos and details about the technique. For full instructions, see the recipe card below.

  • Season chicken. Pat chicken breasts dry with paper towels. Season both sides with sea salt and black pepper.
  • Sear chicken. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear chicken breasts for about 8 minutes per side, until golden brown and almost cooked through. Remove from pan and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
Seasoned chicken breasts

Seared chicken breasts in a skillet

  • Mix thickening mixture. In a small bowl, whisk arrowroot powder into chicken broth.

TIP: Avoid lumps. Make sure you whisk it thoroughly in the broth before adding it to the pan.

  • Make sun-dried tomato sauce. Add garlic to skillet and cook until fragrant. Stir in broth mixture, cream, sun-dried tomatoes, and half of the basil. Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce to a simmer, until it thickens.
Broth and arrowroot powder whisked in a bowl

Creamy sun-dried tomato sauce

  • Finish cooking. Return chicken back to pan and spoon sauce over it. Cook for another minute or two, until cooked to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
  • Garnish. Sprinkle with more fresh basil before serving. If you’d like to add a bit more flavor, you can also season with red pepper flakes and parmesan cheese to taste.
creamy sun-dried tomato chicken skillet

Storage Instructions

  • Store: Store chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days..
  • Reheat: Reheat chicken in microwave or a hot skillet until warmed through, being careful to not overcook.
  • Freeze: Freezing is not recommended as the dairy in the sauce doesn’t freeze and thaw well.
Creamy chicken with sun-dried tomatoes and basil over cauliflower mash

What To Serve With Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken

Serve this sun-dried tomato chicken breast with your favorite veggie sides, or over a bed of pasta or potatoes. For healthy veggie options that will still soak up all the sauce well, try these…

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  1. Pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towels and season them on both sides with sea salt and black pepper.

  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts and sear for 3-8 minutes per side, until golden brown and almost cooked through (internal temperature should reach 160 degrees F). Time will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken and whether it’s whole or cut into strips.

  3. Remove the chicken from the pan, cover with foil to keep warm, and set aside.

  4. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, vigorously whisk the arrowroot powder into the chicken broth.

  5. Add the minced garlic to the skillet (add a little more oil if it’s dry). Cook for about 1 minute, until fragrant.

  6. Add the arrowroot/broth mixture, cream, sun dried tomatoes, and half of the fresh basil. Increase the heat to bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 1-2 minutes, until the sauce thickens. Adjust salt and pepper to taste if needed.

  7. Add the chicken back to the pan and spoon the sauce over it. Cook for 1-2 minutes, until chicken is fully cooked through (internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F).

  8. Top with the remaining fresh basil before serving.

Recipe Notes

Serving size: 1 chicken breast with sauce

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Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving. Serving size in recipe notes above.

Calories 295

Fat 17g

Protein 29g

Total Carbs 8g

Net Carbs 7g

Fiber 1g

Sugar 3g

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