Monday, February 22, 2010

Chicken With Basil Cream Sauce

I can't believe I haven't posted this recipe yet. It is one of my favorites! I always use fresh basil which makes it unbelievable, but you can use dried basil. It just won't be quite the same. My family doesn't want to try pimientos so I use chopped fresh red peppers. We've had this with pasta, rice or wild rice. It's all good to me.

It is breaded, fried and covered with heavy cream so we don't have it often. Why do my favorite foods always have to be so bad for me???

Chicken With Basil Cream Sauce

¼ c. milk
¼ c. dry bread crumbs
4 boneless skinless chicken breast
3 T. margarine
1 T. olive oil
½ c. chicken broth
1 c. heavy whipping cream
1 (4-oz) jar diced pimiento, drained
½ c. grated Parmesan cheese
¼ c. minced fresh basil
1/8 t. pepper
1 t. cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350ยบ. Place milk and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip chicken in milk, then coat with breadcrumbs. In skillet over medium heat, brown chicken on both sides in butter and olive oil. Remove and place in preheated oven to keep warm.

Add broth to skillet. Bring to a boil over medium heat and stir to loosen browned bits from pan bottom. Stir in whipping cream and pimiento, boil and stir for one minute. Reduce heat. Stir in Parmesan, basil and pepper and cook until heated through. Mix cornstarch with extra chicken broth and stir into skillet if needed to thicken sauce. Pour over chicken.


  1. holy smokes that looks delicious!! I love anything and everything with fresh basil in it. Thanks for sharing!!

  2. On my menu tonight I have Alfredo noodles but I think I am going to try this. I will have to adapt a few things though.

  3. Would it still taste good without Basil? I am NOT a fan of it.. and wondered if it would be good without it at all? Looks delish!!

  4. Ann Marie, I think it would still be really good without the basil. You could throw in an herb you do like or just leave it without. I hope you do like it if you try it, everyone. :)

  5. Yum! I've been making this since you gave me the recipe years ago. Adam and I both love it! But I cut the chicken up in bite size pieces and bread each piece since neither of us like big pieces of chicken.

  6. Fresh basil is SO GOOD! This looks delicious!

  7. OH heck, Valerie! THIS LOOKS AWESOME! And I LOVE basil. Love love love it!!!!

    I have added this to my favorites! Can't wait to try it!

  8. Chicken with basil cream sauce is one of my absolute favorite recipes! This one sounds great, although I prefer not to bread my chicken...I am not a big breading fan. The fresh basil is an absolute must, in my opinion.

    As far as your family's fear of pimientos....make it with pimientos once, without them seeing the jar. I guarantee nobody will notice the difference. I have been using pimientos in place of red bell peppers when I am short on time for years and years.

  9. I am sooo trying this recipe! I LOVE anything with basil! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Scrumptious looking food! Thanks for your comment on my blog today. I really enjoyed visiting yours :-)

  11. Sounds really good Valerie. I wonder that same thing.


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