Dairy-Free Creamy Chicken Tomato Skillet
Add this Dairy-Free Creamy Chicken Tomato Skillet to you weekly menu ASAP!
My favorite thing about this recipe is how versatile it is! It can be Whole30 compliant if served over cauliflower rice, you can serve it over pasta (here if my fav gluten free brand!) and while I usually make it in my cast iron skillet you can totally throw it in a crockpot and forget about it for a couple hours!
Also, you don’t HAVE to use bone-in chicken thighs… I generally use skin-on and bone-in thighs because I think it just adds to the flavor of the dish. But if you want to use boneless chicken breasts, they will totally work too.
Here is what I usually do – I use skin-on and bone-in chicken thighs and cook per the instructions below. Then I pull out the chicken thighs and remove the skin and take the meat off the bones (feel free to save for bone broth!). I place the meat in a bowl that is already full of either cauliflower rice OR pasta and then spoon the sauce over top.
If you are use the crockpot I would really recommend using boneless chicken breasts because after it cooks for so long the thighs would really break down and fall apart making it hard to separate the meat from the bones.
The end result is something between a stew, sauce, soup —- whatever you want to call it, it is SO buttery and delicious and EASY! I would recommend purchasing a digital meat thermometer. I use one every time I cook with chicken. Make sure the internal temp (taken at the thickest part of the chicken) reads 165 degrees before serving!!
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Dairy-Free Creamy Chicken Tomato Skillet
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 25 minutes
- Total Time: 30 minutes
- Yield: 6 servings 1x
- Category: Dinner
- Method: Stove Top
- Cuisine: American
Dairy-Free Creamy Chicken Tomato Skillet – An easy weeknight dinner skillet that can be made Whole30 or serve over gluten-free pasta!
- 3–4 ghee (or coconut oil)
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 2–3 Tablespoons diced garlic
- olive or avocado oil
- 6–8 skin-on and bone-in chicken thighs (you can really use any type of chicken for this – I prefer thighs for the taste, but feel free to use boneless chicken breasts as well)
- 1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
- Approx. 1/2 can full-fat coconut milk (don’t forget to fully incorporate coconut milk prior to using)
- Pinch of salt
- (feel free to add a veggie to this as well such as broccoli or cauliflower – I would add at the end about 5 minutes before you serve).
- In large cast iron skillet add olive oil and 2 Tablespoons of ghee and let melt on medium high heat.
- Add garlic and move around with wooden spoon until it becomes fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Add onion (and a pinch of salt) and cook until it reduces; add another Tablespoon or two of ghee to ensure pan doesn’t dry out.
- Nestle chicken, cooking 2-3 minutes per side on medium.
- Pour can of fire-roasted diced tomatoes (don’t drain) over top.
- Add coconut milk and stir to combine.
- Let simmer uncovered for 15 minutes or until the internal temp of chicken is 165.
- Serve chicken and sauce over cauliflower rice if Whole30 or over some gluten-free pasta.
- Note: I usually remove meat from the bone-in thigh first and place in a bowl of cauliflower rice (or pasta) and then top with the sauce/tomatoes.
- Crockpot Method: you can easily make this in the crockpot, but I would recommend using 3-4 whole chicken breasts instead. Simply cook garlic and onions as directed and then add that, along with the remaining ingredients, to the crockpot. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or low for 4-6 (or until internal temp reaches 165).
Keywords: tomato skillet
Delightful! Made exactly as recipe stated and served over brown rice pasta.
So glad you enjoyed this, Emily!! Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review – I so appreciate it!
I made this with giant chicken thighs so had to add about 10 minutes to the cooking time. I also added a Japanese eggplant and green beans- it was delicious, and leftovers to take to work were perfect! Thank you for the recipe!
Hi Erica! Thank you so much for the feedback! I am so happy you liked it – it is one of my favorites!! Love the addition of eggplant and green beans!
In the end this was delicious however, the cooking time was off and when the middle of the thighs reached 165 the top of the chicken was still raw…
Hi, Jessica! I am glad that, in the end, you liked it! That’s so weird that the tops were raw – in step 4 it says to cook chicken 2-3 minutes per side before adding the fire-roasted tomatoes and the coconut milk – so the top really shouldn’t be raw. Did you do that step?
nicole (thespicetrain.com) says
This looks and sounds wonderful, thanks for sharing, Erin!