We all have those days when we just don’t feel like cooking. This is especially true in the warm summer months. The days are long and warm, the sun shines late into the evening, and the last thing you want to think about is turning on your oven. Who wants to spend time slaving away in the kitchen when you can be outside enjoying the nice weather?
This is probably one of the reasons why grilling is so popular. You get to be outside while you’re doing it and you end up with yummy food. Win, win.
Most of us don’t grill every day though, so what do you do for dinner on a busy weeknight? Summer or not, a skillet chicken dinner is my answer. It should be your answer, too.
Let’s talk specifics. Let’s talk about this creamy sun-dried tomato skillet chicken.
The sauce is a decadent combination of coconut cream, chicken broth, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic. The chicken is perfectly seared until it’s golden, then we add the ingredients to make the creamy sauce. Quick and easy. I cut my chicken into strips to have more flexible serving sizes, but you can make it with whole chicken breasts, too.
Sun-dried tomato cream sauce is a classic favorite, but this one is even better because it’s healthy! Coconut cream replaces traditional heavy cream to make it paleo and to incorporate all the healthy benefits of coconut. Since we’re adding chicken broth, a little arrowroot powder thickens the sauce to a creamy consistency. You can also use xanthan gum if cutting carbs further is important to you, but I chose the arrowroot powder as a more natural option. Just make sure you whisk it thoroughly in a little water before adding it to the pan, to avoid lumps.
Of course, I had to add fresh basil to the sauce. It’s summertime, people. Why wouldn’t you throw fresh basil into everything you can? If you do want to make this in the winter, don’t worry. It’s actually an excellent year-round dish. You can always substitute dried basil if that’s what you have, but needless to say, fresh will always win out. If you’re making this chicken in the summer months, you’d better grab that fresh basil while it’s around!
This easy dinner goes from preparation to table in under 20 minutes. Add a salad or just some raw veggies to munch on, and you have a complete dinner. Even better, the only dishes to wash afterward are a single skillet and a cutting board. When all you want to do is finish dinner so that you can get back outside, this is the kind of time saver you need.
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