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Pesto Chicken and Broccoli (Paleo, Keto)

The quickest Pesto Chicken and Broccoli recipe made in 5 seconds flat! Okay, maybe not 5 seconds, but this meal comes together lightning quick!

Pesto Chicken and Broccoli with Sun-Dried Tomatoes - the quickest, easiest dinner recipe to get meal time DONE!

Welcome to the easiest and potentially the most flavorful chicken recipe you’ll ever make!

Pesto lovers, you will delight in this recipe, as it is a magical celebration of the sauce.

This quick and easy pesto chicken and broccoli only requires four ingredients and couldn’t be any easier to prepare.

What makes this recipe super rad is the chicken, broccoli, and sun-dried tomatoes get marinated together in the pesto sauce for optimal flavor. Then everything is cooked in a skillet together so you don’t need to add ingredients one at a time. BOOM! Easy.

Quick and easy Pesto Chicken and Broccoli is a flavorful, simple, healthful low-carb meal.

Not only is this recipe low-carb and packed with protein, but it is easy to adapt to your personal taste or dietary needs. 

For instance, you can use whatever pesto sauce works for you (homemade or store-bought) and add vegetables to your heart’s delight.

Cauliflower, cherry tomatoes, artichoke hearts, kalamata olives, and spinach are all great adds!

Just note that if you end up adding more vegetables, you will also want to add more pesto sauce so as not to dilute the flavor.

Let’s talk about the ingredients so you know what’s what.

Easy 20-minute Pesto Chicken and Broccoli is a quick and simple dinner recipe requiring 4 ingredients and one skillet.

Pesto Chicken and Broccoli Ingredients:

Chicken Breasts: Use 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts for this recipe, which equates to anywhere between 1 pound and 1.5 pounds of chicken. You can also use boneless chicken thighs! I often go this route, myself.

Broccoli: All you need is one big (or two small) broccoli crowns to add some fiber and vitamins to the meal. Because the pesto chicken turns out tasting so great, this is an awesome way of hiding veggies for kids who don’t love to eat them…just chop the broccoli very finely!

Sun-Dried Tomatoes: A kick of spunky flavor, I find sun-dried tomatoes and pesto sauce go very well together. You can also skip them or sub them out for artichoke hearts, capers, or kalamata olives to still get a briny flavor.

Pesto Sauce: The fun part! Use homemade or store-bought Basil Pesto Sauce for this meal. If you don’t do dairy or seeds, I have instructions below on how to make this using a dairy-free, pine nut-free basil sauce.

Easy 4-Ingredient Pesto Chicken and Broccoli with sun-dried tomatoes is the quickest, easiest healthy dinner recipe!

How to Make Pesto Chicken and Vegetables:

Add all of the ingredients to a zip lock bag and seal it up. Shake it around like Shake n’ Bake until everything is well-coated in pesto sauce. Transfer to the refrigerator and marinate for at least 1 hour (up to 24).

marinate chicken, sun-dried tomatoes in pesto
Marinated chicken and broccoli in a zip lock

When you’re ready to cook, simply heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high and pour everything into the hot skillet. Stir the ingredients into an even layer then allow it to sit for 2 to 3 minutes so that the chicken can brown. Give it a stir and continue browning another 2 to 3 minutes. Stir again then cover the skillet with a lid. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and broccoli has reached desired done-ness, about 10 to 15 minutes. 

Note: once the chicken and veggies begin leaching a lot of liquid, uncover the skillet and allow the liquid to burn off so that the sauce is thick.

Taste the chicken for flavor and add sea salt to taste.

Serve as is or with your choice of side dishes. I go with brown rice!

Chicken and Broccoli with pesto sauce and sun-dried tomatoes is an easy 4-ingredient meal

Can I Make This Dairy-Free and/or Nut/Seed-Free?:

Yes, absolutely! Pesto sauce includes parmesan cheese and pine nuts unless you intentionally make or purchase it without. If you can’t do dairy or nuts/seeds, here’s what you can do to leave them out. 

Combine ½ cup fresh basil, ¼ cup avocado oil, ¼ cup chicken broth, and ¼ tsp sea salt in a small blender and blend until completely combined. Use this mixture instead of pesto sauce. It will still taste herby, garlicky, and amazing!

Recipe Adaptations:

  • Double the recipe if you’re feeding more than 2 people and/or aren’t serving other side dishes.
  • Add ½ to a full head of cauliflower.
  • Toss in 4 cups of baby spinach while cooking.
  • Add more pesto sauce to taste.
  • If you’re a zucchini lover, toss some chopped zucchini in!
  • Throw in some jarred artichoke hearts, ¼ cup of kalamata olives, and/or 2 tablespoons of capers

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Ingredients

  • 2 large chicken breasts, chopped into bite sizes, 1.25 lbs
  • 1 large crown broccoli
  • ½ cup basil pesto sauce
  • ⅓ cup sun-dried tomatoes

Instructions

  1. Add all of the ingredients to a zip lock bag and seal it up. Shake it around like Shake n’ Bake until everything is well-coated in pesto sauce. Transfer to the refrigerator and marinate for at least 1 hour (up to 24).
  2. When you’re ready to cook, heat a large non-stick skillet over medium-high and pour everything into the hot skillet.
  3. Stir the ingredients into an even layer then allow it to sit for 2 to 3 minutes so that the chicken can brown. Give it a stir and continue browning another 2 to 3 minutes. Stir again then cover the skillet with a lid. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and broccoli has reached desired done-ness, about 10 to 15 minutes. 
  4. Note: once the chicken and veggies begin leaching a lot of liquid, uncover the skillet and allow the liquid to burn off so that the sauce is thick.
  5. Taste the chicken for flavor and add sea salt to taste.
  6. Serve as is or with your choice of side dishes. I go with brown rice!

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 3

Serving Size: 1 of 3

Amount Per Serving:

Calories: 425Total Fat: 24gCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 47g

4-Ingredient Pesto Chicken and Broccoli is a nutritious, flavorful dinner recipe that is paleo, keto, and whole30!

Source
Pesto Chicken and Broccoli (Paleo, Keto) is written by Julia for www.theroastedroot.net

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