Creamy Tomato Chicken – Crunchy Creamy Sweet

Georgann Dolfay

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This Creamy Tomato Chicken skillet dinner is a quick and easy dinner option for busy weekdays! Done in 15 minutes with 8 ingredients in one pan, this dish is pure comfort food.

Overhead image of four chicken breasts in a tomato sauce in a skillet.
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Why You’ll Love This Dish

Sometimes simple dinners are the best. Grab a handful of ingredients from your pantry, and one skillet and you are on your way to delicious comfort food! Like this simple yet super tasty Creamy Tomato Chicken.

It starts with seasoned chicken cooked in a skillet. Then make a quick tomato sauce based on sauteed garlic. The last step is to let everything simmer together. That’s it! Simple, quick, and packed with flavor!

Ingredients:

Ingredients for creamy tomato chicken skillet on a white board.
  • chicken: boneless skinless breasts, sliced lengthwise;
  • tomato sauce: canned or homemade:
  • butter and olive oil: my favorite combo for browning chicken;
  • seasoning: Italian seasoning, salt and pepper;
  • garlic: adds flavor to the dish;
  • Parmesan cheese: to add cheesy flavor;
  • cream or half and half: turns the sauce creamy and rich;
  • cornstarch: only if you are using half and half.

How to make creamy tomato chicken?

  • Start by slicing chicken breasts lengthwise to make 4 cutlets.
  • Season chicken with salt, pepper and dried herbs.
Sliced chicken breasts on a plate and seasoned with Italian seasoning, salt and pepper.
  • Heat up butter and oil in a skillet.
  • Add chicken and brown on both sides. Remove onto a plate.
  • Add garlic to skillet and saute.
  • Add tomato sauce and cream. Bring to a simmer.
  • Return chicken to skillet and top with Parmesan cheese. Simmer for a few minutes.
  • Serve garnished with fresh basil or parsley.
Seared chicken in a pan and chicken with tomato sauce in a pan.

What to serve with this dish:

Variations:

  • Add fire-roasted tomatoes for spice and heat.
  • Add chopped fresh tomatoes and a handful of cilantro for a fresh vegetable taste.
  • Use chicken thighs instead of breasts.
  • Use cream cheese instead of half and half to make the sauce thicker and richer.

Recipe FAQs:

How to store leftovers?

Any leftovers should be stored in a container, in the fridge, for up to 4 days. To reheat, place in a pan and add a splash of chicken stock or water since the sauce will be thick.

Can I make this dish ahead of time?

Yes! You can make this dish 2 days in advance. Store it in the fridge, and reheat it with a splash of chicken stock.

Can I use chicken thighs to make this dish?

Yes, skinless boneless chicken thighs can be used.

Can I bake this dish?

Absolutely! If you want to finish it off in the oven, top it with cheese and bake for 10 to 15 minutes at 350 degrees F or until bubbly.

Chicken and tomato sauce in a skillet with a kitchen towel next to it.

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Overhead image of four chicken breasts in a tomato sauce in a skillet.

Creamy Tomato Chicken

This Creamy Tomato Chicken skillet dinner is a quick and easy dinner option for busy weekdays! Done in 15 minutes with 8 ingredients in one pan, this dish is pure comfort food.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 15 mins

Total Time 25 mins

Course Main Dish

Cuisine American

Servings 4 servings

Calories 289 kcal

Ingredients 

 

Instructions 

  • Slice chicken leghtwise to make 4 thinner cutlets.

  • Season chicken with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning, evenly on both sides.

  • To a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon of oil and 1 tablespoon of butter.

  • Brown chicken over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from pan and set on a plate.

  • Add rest of oil to the skillet and add chopped garlic.

  • Saute until golden and fragrant.

  • Add tomato sauce, remaining butter and cream (if using half and half, mix it with cornstarch before adding to skillet). Stir everything together.

  • Place chicken in the sauce, top with Parmesan cheese and simmer for 5 minutes.

  • Serve garnished with fresh parsley or chopped basil.

Notes

  • Please note, that the nutrition value can vary depending on what product you use. The information below is an estimate. Always use calorie counter you are familiar with.
  • If you are using chicken straigt from the fridge, let it sit in room temperature while you gather all ingredients.
  • Feel free to add fresh basil (chopped) to the sauce while it’s simmering. It will add delicious flavor!

Nutrition

Calories: 289kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 845mg | Potassium: 451mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 652IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 207mg | Iron: 1mg

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