30min Keto Creamy Pesto Chicken a Thermomix recipe


This deliciously creamy pesto chicken has a lovely lemon tang and fresh basil flavour. Best of all, it’s on the table in just 30 minutes.

Landscape shot of creamy pesto chicken in a bowl on denim teatowel

There is something so comforting about eating a big bowl of creamy chicken. Ordinarily, cream dishes are made with cream and tend to be very calorific. Similarly, pesto is usually made with a significant amount of oil. If I had just combined the two dishes we would have had a calorie explosion!

Whilst this isn’t a low-calorie dish I’ve trimmed it of excessive calories making it a meal you can happily serve regularly.

Creamy Pesto Chicken – 1 Dish 3 Serving Suggestions

For the Kids 

I served my creamy pesto chicken with macaroni for the kids and it was a big hit. Any pasta would work well with the recipe. Best of all the pasta on the stove takes about 20 minutes to cook, so if you put it on at the start of making the dish everything will be ready to eat inside of 30 minutes.

For The Hubby 

My hubby needs his carbohydrates and extra calories so I made him a jacket potato. Simply turn the oven on to 220 degrees Celsius and microwave a large potato (skin on) for 7 minutes. Place the potato on the oven racks and continue to cook until the creamy pesto chicken is ready. Place the potato in a bowl and cut in quarters. Pour the chicken over the top and serve with grated Parmesan cheese.

Calorie, Keto LCHF Conscious 

I like to serve my creamy pesto chicken on a large dinner plate with a rocket and baby tomato salad. Most of my salad greens come from the garden so they’re incredibly fresh.

3 Process Shots Creamy Chicken Pesto Sauce in stages

Weeknight Wonders

I’m going to start a new tag for weeknight wonders. These will be family friendly recipes that take less than 30 minutes to get on the table. All the recipes on that tag will use minimal ingredients and pantry staples. You won’t get any difficult to find ingredients or techniques.

I would appreciate any recipes suggestions. At the moment I’m developing a super tasty Chicken Cacciatore recipe!

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Potrait shot black bowl with chicken in a creamy pesto sauce
Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This deliciously creamy pesto chicken has a lovely lemon tang and fresh basil flavour. Best of all it's on the table in just 30 minutes.

Course: Main, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: Australian, Italian
Servings: 4 serves
Calories: 696 kcal
Author: Julie Carlyle
  • 50 g Parmesan cheese cut in quarters
  • 10 g garlic
  • 30 g basil weight after stems removed
  • 50 g pinenuts, pepita and sunflower seed mix alternatively you could just use pinenuts
  • 25 g oil
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
Cooking Chicken
  • 650 g chicken thigh fillets cut into 2 cm thick strips
  • 10 g garlic
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 TBS oil
  • 1 tsp thermomix stock paste or massal vege stock cube
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 220 g Philadelphia light cream cheese
  • 120 g pesto paste all the paste that was made in step one
  • 90 g water
  1. Place parmesan in TM Bowl. Grate 3 sec/Speed 9. Reserve in a small bowl for serving.

  1. Without cleaning the TM Bowl - Place garlic in TM. Grate 3 sec/Speed 9.

  2. Add basil, seeds, oil, lemon and salt to the garlic. Chop 5 sec/Speed 9.

  3. Scrape down the bowl. Chop 5 sec/Speed 4. Reserve in a small bowl.

Preparing the Chicken
  1. Without cleaning the TM Bowl. Add the garlic and peppercorns to TM Bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9.

  2. Add the chicken strips, oil, stock paste and salt. Cook 15 minutes/Varoma/Soft Spoon (Reverse Mode) Place TM Spatula in the MC hole instead of MC. (This helps agitate the chicken without you needing to be there.

  3. Add the reserved pesto, cream cheese and water (for a thinner sauce). Cook 5min/Varoma/Soft Spoon (Reverse Mode) TM Spatula In.

  4. Serve immediately with the grated Parmesan cheese. 

Recipe Notes

NOTE: The pesto chicken should be served as soon as it's ready as the sauce will thicken slightly as it cools. If you do find the sauce thick, add 50mls of water and heat 3min/Varoma/Soft Spoon (Reverse).

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 696 Calories from Fat 513
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 57g 88%
Saturated Fat 15g 75%
Cholesterol 197mg 66%
Sodium 736mg 31%
Potassium 597mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 9g 3%
Sugars 3g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 18.5%
Vitamin C 5.3%
Calcium 26.5%
Iron 12.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Potrait shot black bowl with chicken in a creamy pesto sauce

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4 thoughts on “30min Keto Creamy Pesto Chicken a Thermomix recipe”

  1. Sue says:

    Maybe I missed something but how long did you cook your chicken for I didn’t see any instructions for that ?

    1. OMG! I can;t believe I forgot the instructions. Thanks for letting me know, it’s all fixed now 🙂

  2. Sammy says:

    Delicious!! Might try adding fried bacon bits next time ?

    1. Great idea with the bacon! So pleased you enjoyed the recipe ?

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