30min Keto Creamy Pesto Chicken a Thermomix recipe

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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!

KETO Recipes!

I have more fabulous recipes if you’re following a low-carb or keto diet. Try this Spicy Popcorn Chicken Salad next time you’re craving KFC 🙂 The recipe is one of Megan’s from Mad Creations. Megan has some fabulous Keto books and meal plans available. I’ve noticed that she has her complete Keto Bookstore on sale at the moment!!

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Potrait shot black bowl with chicken in a creamy pesto sauce

Creamy Pesto Chicken Recipe

Julie Carlyle
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.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine Australian, Italian
Servings 4 serves
Calories 696 kcal


  • 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 large cubes - each cube should weigh about 40g
  • 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 sour cream can be used if preferred
  • 120 g pesto paste all the paste that was made in step one
  • 90 g water


  • Place parmesan in TM Bowl. Grate 3 sec/Speed 9. Reserve in a small bowl for serving.


  • Without cleaning the TM Bowl - Place garlic in TM. Grate 3 sec/Speed 9.
  • Add basil, seeds, oil, lemon and salt to the garlic. Chop 5 sec/Speed 9.
  • Scrape down the bowl. Chop 5 sec/Speed 4. Reserve in a small bowl.

Preparing the Chicken

  • Without cleaning the TM Bowl. Add the garlic and peppercorns to TM Bowl. Chop 3 sec/Speed 9.
  • Add the diced chicken, 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.
  • Add the reserved pesto, cream cheese and water (for a thinner sauce). Cook 5min/Varoma/Soft Spoon (Reverse Mode) TM Spatula In.
  • Serve immediately with the grated Parmesan cheese. 


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).
To avid the chicken being shredded use large diced pieces of chicken and ensure that reverse mode is enabled. 


Calories: 696kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 37gFat: 57gSaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 197mgSodium: 736mgPotassium: 597mgSugar: 3gVitamin A: 925IUVitamin C: 4.4mgCalcium: 265mgIron: 2.2mg
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Potrait shot black bowl with chicken in a creamy pesto sauce

Thank you once again for stopping by and checking out the website. I love getting comments from readers so please let me know what you think of the recipe in the comments below. If you’ve made the recipe please feel free to rate it. Rating the recipes let others know what you thought. 🙂

Happy Cooking


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

  1. Joy Hollis says:

    5 stars
    So delicious thank you!

  2. emee says:

    what model thermomix is this made for/compatible with?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Emme
      The recipe is suitable for all machines, TM31, TM6 and TM6.
      Happy Cooking

  3. Kerrie says:

    5 stars
    My family really enjoyed this dish only issue I had was that chicken shredded even though blades were set on reverse .. other than that was enjoyable Thank you

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Kerrie
      I’m pleased you enjoyed the recipe. To stop the chicken from being too broken down by the blades cut the thigh fillets into bigger cubes. You should get just 6 cubes out of a large thigh fillet.
      I hope you try the recipe again 🙂
      Happy Cooking

    2. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Kerrie
      Thank you for your feedback. Always use thigh fillets for Thermomix dishes. They hold together better for cooking. If you still find the meat shreds, cut the pieces bigger. I’m so pleased the family enjoyed the dish.
      Happy Cooking

  4. Amy says:

    What temperature do you cook the chicken at?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Amy,
      The chicken is cooked at Varoma temperature in the TM Bowl. Varoma is the highest temperature setting on the Thermomix.
      Happy Cooking

  5. Barbara Storey says:

    Can you explain how the spatula goes in the MC hole. I would be worried it would get shredded. Thanks

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Barbara,
      The spatula for the Thermomix has been designed so that it can’t hot the blades. It’s safe to use it in the MC hole if you want the mixture to be stirred as it cooks.
      Happy cooking

  6. Trish Pearman says:

    5 stars
    This is seriously so easy and so delicious! I was also thinking some diced bacon would be great through it. Thank you for sharing:)

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Trish
      I am so pleased you enjoyed my recipe! We also love it 🙂 I absolutely agree with you, bacon would take this to the next level!! Great idea 🙂
      Happy cooking

  7. Mimi says:

    Hi! This recipe tastes amazing however I have found my chicken to be shredded. Is this normal?

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

      Hi Mimi,
      That’s really unfortunate 🙁 It doesn’t usually shred the chicken. There are two possible reasons. Firstly, you need to engage reverse blade whilst the chicken is cooking. Secondly, the chicken needs to be diced on large chunks. Each chicken thigh fillet should be cut in only 5 pieces which would weigh about 20g+ per cube. I will details this is the instructions to help others.
      Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know!
      Your assistance in fine-tuning the recipes is very much appreciated.

  8. Jacqueline says:

    5 stars
    Such an amazingly delicious meal.
    I used a can of coconut cream instead of cream cheese and it was yummy.

  9. Sammy says:

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

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

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

  10. Sue says:

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

    1. Julie Carlyle says:

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

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