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Creamy sun-dried tomato chicken is the perfect easy, summer dinner. This paleo chicken dinner comes together in under 20 minutes! Once you try it, it’s sure to become one of your favorite low carb chicken skillet recipes… ever.
Have you ever had one of those days when you don’t feel like cooking? That’s what inspired this easy paleo chicken dinner. Sometimes you want something simple that doesn’t taste like it’s simple.
This creamy sun-dried tomato chicken recipe is perfect for those days when you just don’t feel like cooking, but want to indulge your taste buds with light yet decadent flavors.
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. But you still want a nice dinner.
Who wants to spend time slaving away in the kitchen when you can be outside enjoying the nice weather? It’s really perfect grilling weather, isn’t it?
However, most of us don’t grill every day and that begs the question: What do you do for dinner on a busy weeknight when you don’t want to heat up the house or slave over the stove for an hour?
Summer or not, a skillet paleo chicken dinner is my answer. And it can be your answer, too.
And more specifically, it should be this creamy sun-dried tomato chicken skillet dinner.
Not all sun-dried tomato chicken recipes are low carb or paleo, so this is a special treat. The sauce is a decadent combination of coconut cream, chicken broth, sun-dried tomatoes, and garlic that you’ll pour over golden seared chicken.
Is your mouth watering yet? Mine is. Let’s get cooking!
How To Make Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Breast
One of the best things about this chicken with sun-dried tomato cream sauce is that while it sounds like a decadent, gourmet treat that would be very involved to make, it really comes together so simply.
The chicken is perfectly seared until it’s golden brown and then you add the ingredients to make the creamy sauce. So 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.
Chicken and sun-dried tomatoes are a classic pairing, but this low carb chicken dinner is even better because it’s healthy!
Coconut cream replaces traditional heavy cream to make it paleo and to incorporate all the benefits of coconut. Since you’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. Tip: Make sure you whisk it thoroughly in the broth before adding it to the pan to avoid lumps. The same is true if you choose to use xanthan gum as well, except you’d need a lot less.
Of course, I had to add fresh basil to the sauce. After all, it’s summertime! Why wouldn’tyou throw fresh basil into everything you can?
If you do want to make this in the winter, though, don’t despair. It’s actually an excellent year-round dish and you can always substitute dried basil if that’s what you have. Another option I like is to use spinach in the cooler months, since that fares better all year round, compared to basil.
But if you’re making this sun-dried tomato chicken recipe in the summer months, you’d better grab that fresh basil while it’s around! It’s so worth it.
Options For A Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Recipe
If you’re simply looking for a low carb dinner idea, but you’re not worried about paleo guidelines, you can use heavy cream for the sauce. (It’s totally fine for low carb or keto.)
However, if you want to make this a keto or paleo chicken dinner, simply use coconut cream. Both give the recipe the smooth, creamy texture you’re going for and both taste great.
Also, you can use xanthan gum instead of arrowroot powder if you would prefer. If you do choose to do that, you’ll need a lot less so be careful not to overdo it and simply add in a little at a time. If you use too much xanthan gum, your texture will get slimy and that’s definitely not what you’re going for.
And this sun-dried tomato chicken recipe can be even more versatile! Go ahead and add in some spinach and/or some onions.
You can caramelize the onions to add a smoky, sweet flavor as you add them, or simply cook until translucent. It’s a tradeoff between taste and time savings. I went with a quicker time on the recipe card, but it’s up to you!
The basil will add a lovely pop of color and some added flavor, plus make this healthy sun-dried tomato chicken even healthier. It wilts quickly, so we add it toward the end.
And even with these additions, it’s still a one skillet dinner. How awesome is that? Just one more reason to add this creamy sun-dried tomato chicken to your healthy low carb or keto diet plan!
How To Store Chicken With Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce
This easy sun-dried tomato chicken dinner goes from preparation to table in under 20 minutes. Round it out by adding a salad or just some raw veggies to munch on, and you have a complete meal. No muss, no fuss… just simple, indulgent flavors everyone will enjoy.
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.
One skillet wonders are a busy girl’s best friend!
If by chance you have leftovers (and let’s admit it… this is so yummy, that’s really unlikely!), just put your chicken with sun-dried tomato cream sauce in an airtight container and store it in your fridge.
It will keep for a few days and you’ll have the added bonus of enjoying some pale sun-dried tomato chicken for lunch one day!
This creamy sun-dried tomato chicken recipe won’t freeze well, but that’s okay because of how fast it comes together. Remember, all you need is twenty minutes to make it… so Bon Appétit, friends!
Tools To Make Low Carb Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken
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- Large Skillet – These nonstick skillets are perfect for making this delicious keto chicken dish.
- Garlic Press – This garlic press makes it a breeze to mince the garlic for this recipe.
- Small Bowl – This set of stainless steel bowls has several different sizes so you have the perfect sized small bowl to make this dinner recipe.
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This creamy sun-dried tomato chicken skillet recipe makes a delicious and QUICK low carb, paleo chicken dinner. It's on the table in under 20 minutes - and made with common ingredients!
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Pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towels and season them on both sides with sea salt and black pepper.
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.
Remove the chicken from the pan, cover with foil to keep warm, and set aside.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, vigorously whisk the arrowroot powder into the chicken broth.
Add the minced garlic to the skillet (add a little more oil if it's dry). Cook for about 1 minute, until fragrant.
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.
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).
Top with the remaining fresh basil before serving.
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Serving size: 1 chicken breast with sauce
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