Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Crisp-tender chicken in the most amazing cream sauce ever. It’s so good, you’ll want to guzzle down the sauce!

Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce - Crisp-tender chicken in the most amazing cream sauce ever. It's so good, you'll want to guzzle down the sauce!

I know Thanksgiving is in a few days but I just needed a break from all the turkey-stuffing-sweet potato-brussels sprouts taste testing and try something fun with something completely unrelated to Thanksgiving. Like chicken.

Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce - Crisp-tender chicken in the most amazing cream sauce ever. It's so good, you'll want to guzzle down the sauce!

But this is definitely not your ordinary chicken dish. It’s better. Way better. After all, how can you go wrong with a sun dried tomato cream sauce with the most crisp chicken thighs?

Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce - Crisp-tender chicken in the most amazing cream sauce ever. It's so good, you'll want to guzzle down the sauce!

The cream sauce is just so good, you’ll actually want to just skip the chicken and eat the sauce with a spoon instead!

Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Crisp-tender chicken in the most amazing cream sauce ever. It’s so good, you’ll want to guzzle down the sauce!

Ingredients:

  • 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or more, to taste
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup julienned sun dried tomatoes in olive oil, drained
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 cup basil leaves, chiffonade

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large oven-proof skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken, skin-side down, and sear both sides until golden brown, about 2-3 minutes per side; set aside.
  4. Melt remaining tablespoon butter in the skillet. Add garlic and red pepper flakes, and cook, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes. Stir in chicken broth, heavy cream, sun dried tomatoes, Parmesan, thyme, oregano and basil.
  5. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until slightly thickened, about 3-5 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet.
  6. Place into oven and roast until completely cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 175 degrees F, about 25-30 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately, garnished with basil, if desired.

Adapted from Closet Cooking

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 277.2 Calories from Fat 203.4
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22.6g 35%
Saturated Fat 9.9g 50%
Trans Fat 0.2g
Cholesterol 94.6mg 32%
Sodium 165.0mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 2.6g 1%
Dietary Fiber 0.3g 1%
Sugars 0.9g
Protein 15.9g 32%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

This recipe has some decadent ingredients: cream, butter, and Parmesan cheese. As such, this is one of those recipes to make on a special occasion, like impressing your date with this incredible gourmet meal. But remember that portion size can go a long way when enjoying a decadent meal. A smaller serving size can go a long way to filling you up!

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.