Basil-Lemon Chicken Recipe
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Basil-Lemon Chicken Recipe

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Even though I'm not known for my green thumb, I've somehow managed to keep a kitchen herb garden going. I chose this skillet chicken to debut my first batch of fresh basil. —Juli Snaer, Enid, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken tenderloins
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup white wine or chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon minced fresh thyme
  • Hot cooked angel hair pasta

Nutritional Facts

5 ounces cooked chicken with about 3 tablespoons sauce (calculated without pasta): 372 calories, 22g fat (11g saturated fat), 140mg cholesterol, 453mg sodium, 2g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 0 fiber), 41g protein.


  1. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides. Remove from pan.
  2. Add wine and lemon juice, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Bring to a boil; cook 2-3 minutes or until liquid is reduced by half.
  3. Stir in cream, basil and thyme. Add chicken; return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 4-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Serve with pasta. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Basil-Lemon Chicken in Simple & Delicious August/September 2015

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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jbennett User ID: 1496914 245475
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2016

"An easy recipe, and very tasty! Definitely will double the sauce ingredients the next time, too, for all the reasons everyone else has mentioned--and I won't have any leftover whipping cream sitting in my frig either. I used about 1/4 tsp each of dried basil and thyme, and it suited my family members."

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Reviewed Oct. 10, 2015

"Double the sauce portion of this recipe & go a little lighter on the lemon juice"

Terena User ID: 3238586 234176
Reviewed Oct. 7, 2015

"Great flavor! Next time I might make it with spaghetti squash noodles instead of pasta to make it a bit healthier."

JMarsh47 User ID: 8088269 233436
Reviewed Sep. 25, 2015

"I'm not a chicken lover unless it is roasted, but this was one of the best chicken recipes I ever made."

amsm User ID: 8302234 232708
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2015

"My kids and I love chicken and thought that this was good. I made with dried herbs instead of fresh, otherwise I stuck to the recipe. I thought it was a little too lemony for our taste. I will definitely make it again, next time with less lemon!"

shawnba User ID: 2581969 231800
Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"Loved this!! I used bottled lemon juice since I'm allergic to lemon peel, and basil from my herb garden. I doubled the sauce, and added some fresh mushrooms, because we love them with chicken. So good, nice lemon flavor, but not overwhelming. I served it over French cut green beans since we like to stay low carb during the week, and the sauce was lovely on them. Will make this again"

JGa2595176 User ID: 496732 231300
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2015

"Very enjoyable and solid flavor all around. We used fresh lemons and the chicken broth option. Next time would use white wine as mentioned. I also doubled the sauce, so there was enough to coat the noodles. Simple enough to make on a weeknight, but tastes rich enough to serve for a weekend entertaining meal."

ColleenaG User ID: 1190332 231117
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2015

"Wonderful dish. I doubled the sauce called for which proved to work out great for my family. I'm going to make it again this weekend for friends."

Remenec User ID: 6059530 230564
Reviewed Aug. 2, 2015

"For the sauce, I chose white wine over the chicken broth and it was delicious! As another reviewer noted, there wasn't any sauce left to coat the noodles. So I added a tablespoon of butter, parsley and lemon juice to the angel hair pasta, and served it as a side dish."

lorstout User ID: 2537668 230324
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2015

"A hit with the whole family! Great flavor, quick, and easy...and I used up some of the plentiful basil on my deck!"

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