Basil Chicken Recipe – Easy Chicken Recipes

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Lately, I’ve been trying to incorporate more healthy meals into our weekly rotation. This Italian basil chicken stir-fry recipe is fresh, flavorful, and low-calorie, too! It’s such a family-friendly weeknight meal!

overhead view of basil chicken and vegetables in a white pan.

What’s in This Basil Chicken Recipe?

I love a simple stir-fry, and this basil pesto chicken is so simple and delicious. Filled with chunked chicken, fresh veggies, and basil pesto, it’s such an easy weeknight dinner the whole family will love!

  • Chicken: I used boneless, skinless chicken breasts to keep this recipe low calorie and healthy, but thighs will also work.
  • Vegetables: I like red bell pepper, asparagus, onion, and mushrooms. These veggies have a great balance of earthy and sweet flavors that go great with pesto.
  • Basil Pesto: Use your favorite store-bought sauce, or make your own homemade pesto by pulsing together fresh basil, olive oil, garlic, salt, pepper, and Parmesan cheese.
  • Fresh Basil: Adds an extra punch of basil flavor, especially if you use jarred sauce.

Variations To Try

This simple stir-fry is so easy to customize. You can swap out the red bell pepper for any color bell pepper you love and use any kind of onion (I used a white onion, but yellow or red would also be delish!).

The asparagus can easily be swapped out for green beans, carrots, zucchini, or broccoli, and the mushrooms can be swapped out for a meat substitute like tofu or tempeh, or try some smoky sun-dried tomatoes!

close up view of chunked chicken and vegetables coated in basil pesto.

How to Store and Reheat

Store basil chicken an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a covered baking dish in the oven at 350°F for 20 minutes.

How to Freeze

Freeze leftovers in a Ziplock bag for up to 3 months. Let thaw in the refrigerator overnight before reheating.

overhead view of servings of basil chicken over white rice on white plates with forks.

Notes from the Test Kitchen

On nights when I’m feeling fancy, I like to stir a little heavy cream into this dish at the end (and a squeeze of lemon juice, too!). It makes it so luxe and creamy!

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