Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet

Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet, the ultimate low carb low calorie dinner you can make in minutes!

Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet Recipe
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There’s something so comforting about a simple chicken recipe with a creamy sauce.

A good silky sauce helps boring chicken come alive and gives it extra moisture… Especially if you have a tendency to over-cook meat.

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However, I’ve learned over the years that you don’t actually have to add cream to a recipe to create a creamy sauce.

You can cheat with fat free cream cheese, which results in a smooth luxurious texture that happens to be low carb, low fat, and gluten free.

I do this with all sorts of recipes including my favorite Salsa Verde Chicken and Creamy Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Skillet.

Making Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet Recipe

Today’s Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet recipe combines classic Argentinian chimichurri sauce with a thick creamy finish.

The chicken is quickly seared in a hot skillet while you puree parsley, onions, garlic, spices, and red wine vinegar together.

How To: Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet Recipe

Add in fat free cream cheese and some water to thin out the sauce and you have the perfect “quickie” dinner with robust herbaceous appeal.

Just pour the sauce over the top of the chicken and let it thicken as the chicken finishes cooking.

How to Make Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet Recipe

If you do happen to be a habitual chicken over-cooker, this method also helps slow down the cooking at the end, so the chicken doesn’t dry out.

Serve your Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet with roasted vegetables or a big green salad and dinner is ready to serve!

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Make sure to check out our video tutorial below!

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Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet Recipe
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Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet

Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
18 mins
 
Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet Recipe - A zesty low fat, low carb, gluten free chicken dinner you can make in minutes!
Servings: 4 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet
Amount Per Serving (1 piece)
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 215mg 9%
Potassium 575mg 16%
Total Carbohydrates 4g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 31.6%
Vitamin C 26.4%
Calcium 7.9%
Iron 13.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 bunch parsley, stems removed
  • 1/2 onion, cut into wedges
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 3 ounces fat free cream cheese
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup water
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Place a large deep skillet over medium heat and add the oil. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Once the skillet is hot add the chicken breasts and cook 4 minutes per side.
  2. Meanwhile, peel the onion and garlic cloves. Place the parsley, onion, garlic, vinegar, oregano, cumin, crushed red pepper, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in the food processor. Pulse until the mixture is well chopped. Then add in the cream cheese and water. Turn on and puree until very smooth.

  3. Once the chicken has seared 4 minutes per side, pour the sauce over the chicken. Simmer for 3-5 minutes to let the chicken finish cooking and the sauce thicken. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Don't have a food processor? The sauce can be made in a high power blender. Blend all the ingredients at once.

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3 comments on “Skinny Creamy Chimichurri Chicken Skillet

  1. Debbie Liewposted October 17, 2018 at 12:43 pm Reply

    Hi, the ingredients are missing. Please do let me know. 

    • Sommer Collierposted October 22, 2018 at 10:51 pm Reply

      Hi Debbie,

      So sorry about that! We are in the middle of a recipe form transfer and there have been some glitches. All fixed!

  2. Tedrickposted October 7, 2018 at 1:29 am Reply

    I’ve made this recipe 4 times using a little variation. I used half milk and half water instead of just regular water for a bit more of a creamy texture, added 1tsp smoked Spanish paprika for a bit more of a kick, and during a couple runs I was out of parsley and used cilantro instead. I’ve also added finely chopped fresh spinach to the top of the dish right before serving for the extra vitamin content. If you don’t mind the carbs this is amazing served over rice. Awesome recipe Sommer!