This creamy skillet chicken cooked in a garlic and basil sauce is a delicious one pot meal that’s ready in just 30 minutes. It’s Whole30 and keto-friendly, and packed with flavor!
I just love a quick and easy meal on busy weeknights and these one pot chicken thighs are perfect example of that. It’s a recipe that proves that chicken doesn’t need to be dry or boring, especially when coated and cooked in a delicious sauce. On top of being a simple recipe that anyone can follow, these Whole30 chicken thighs are a one pot meal. This means that cleanup is breeze as well!
Creamy Skillet Chicken with Garlic & Basil
This Whole30 and keto skillet chicken is dairy free, so creamy, and insanely flavorful. I like to use chicken thighs because they are more tender and harder to overcook than chicken breasts, but either will work! The sauce base is composed of coconut milk, bone broth, and lemon juice, and then simmered down to thicken and reduce. The thighs are coated in this sauce infused with garlic and basil, and the end result is this delicious and creamy garlic basil chicken dish!
How to Make Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken
This creamy garlic chicken skillet packed with basil is made all in one skillet and the instructions are easy to follow:
- Pan sear the chicken first. Season the chicken with salt and pepper, then sear in a large skillet for 4 minutes on each side. Set aside to a plate while you make the sauce.
- Add onion, garlic, crushed, red pepper, salt, and pepper to the same skillet and cook stirring for 5 minutes.
- Pour in coconut milk, bone broth, and lemon juice, and simmer for 5 minutes until reduce and thickened.
- Stir in basil leaves and simmer for just a minute until wilted and cooked down.
- Add the chicken thighs back into the skillet to simmer in the sauce for a minute until heated through.
That’s it! You can serve these one pot chicken thighs right away with your favorite sides.
What to Serve with Garlic & Basil Creamy Skillet Chicken
You can serve this creamy garlic basil chicken recipe with various sides. To keep it Whole30 and keto, serve with:
- cauliflower rice
- zucchini noodles
- spaghetti squash
- roasted veggies like asparagus, broccoli, or cauliflower
All of the above will work if you are following the autoimmune protocol as well. I actually included substitutions and omissions in the recipe box below for my AIP folks who want to enjoy this Whole30 and keto skillet chicken.
For anyone following a grain free, AIP, or paleo diet, I know Jovial Foods started making cassava flour pasta products that I’ve heard great things about. I think they would be fantastic with this creamy skillet chicken, so check those out here!
If you enjoyed these paleo and Whole30 chicken thighs, you might also like…
- Instant Pot Chicken Cacciatore (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
- Paleo Chicken and Rice Casserole
- Paleo Shrimp Alfredo with Artichokes Hearts (Whole30, Keto, AIP)
- Instant Pot Paleo Cauliflower Mushroom Risotto (Whole30, Vegan, AIP)
Creamy Skillet Chicken with Garlic & Basil (Paleo, Whole30, Keto, AIP Option)
- 2 tbsp ghee or your favorite cooking oil, divided – use coconut oil for AIP
- 1½ lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
- Salt and pepper to taste – omit pepper for AIP
- 1 medium onion diced
- 6 garlic cloves minced
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper or more to taste – omit for AIP
- 1 cup coconut milk or any type of creamy milk (can use heavy cream for keto)
- 1/2 cup bone broth or chicken broth
- Juice from 1 lemon
- 1 cup packed basil leaves
- Heat 1 tbsp of ghee in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Sprinkle the chicken generously with salt and pepper.
- Sear the chicken for 4 minutes per side. Remove and set aside on plate.
- Add the remaining 1 tbsp of ghee in the skillet.
- Add onion, garlic, crushed red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper, and cook for 5 minutes until the onions are translucent.
- Add coconut milk, broth, and lemon juice and bring to a boil while scraping the bottom of the skillet to deglaze. Reduce the heat to simmer for 4-5 minutes until the sauce is reduced and thickened, stirring often.
- Stir in basil and cook for a minute until wilted.
- Add the chicken back in the skillet and simmer for another minute to heat through. Serve.
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