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Chicken in Basil Cream Recipe

Chicken in Basil Cream Recipe

When I first read this recipe, I thought it looked difficult. But because I had all the ingredients readily at hand, I gave it a try. Am I glad I did! Not only it is simple to prepare, it tastes. —Judy Baker Craig, Colorado
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) sliced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • 1. Place milk and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip chicken in milk, then coat with crumbs.
  • 2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook chicken in butter for about 5 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer reads 170° Remove and keep warm.
  • 3. Add broth to the skillet. Bring to a boil over medium heat; stir to loosen browned bits. Stir in the cream and pimientos; boil and stir for 1 minute. Reduce heat. Add the cheese, basil and pepper; cook and stir until heated through. Serve with chicken. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 493 calories, 37g fat (22g saturated fat), 177mg cholesterol, 536mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein .

Reviews for Chicken in Basil Cream

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7833louis 241568
Reviewed Jan. 11, 2016

"This was as delicious as it was easy and quick to make! I used fresh parmesan and the fresh basil was the icing on the cake. I used chicken quarters because that's what I had. I am going to try the sauce on shrimp over pasta next."

GStaelens 235949
Reviewed Oct. 29, 2015

"Easy to make"

LauriePar 235058
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2015

"The chicken and the sauce turned out delicious~ this really is a 30 minute meal. It is a very easy recipe that even a beginner cook could make. I also left out the pimentos and it turned out excellent!"

i12cook 226280
Reviewed May. 13, 2015

"This dish is very easy and delicious. I make it with chicken tenders instead of breast. The left over sauce is good on potatoes or rice. Looks hard and company will think you are a gourmet cook, but this really is easy and very pretty looking. Fresh basil is a must to get the best results."

LaBreque 218057
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

"I make this very simply dish all the time. Absolutely excellent!"

blondiator 216744
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2015

"This was delicious. I left out the pimentos mainly because I didn't have any, and used dried basil instead of fresh. I also used chicken tenders instead of breasts, and it was fantastic. Will definitely make it again."

R2D2Lover 47183
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2014

"I love creamy sauces and "fried" chicken...I, however, do not like pimientos, so I used a can of Rotel instead. I also used a Parmesan cheese blend(melts better). I didn't use fresh basil, but I did use a quality dried basil and it came out fine. I've never used fresh basil before, so I don't know the I LOVE THIS DISH!!! I have cooked it twice so far and it will be one I turn to often."

bjsilve0 56167
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

"The fresh basil is a must!!! Very good."

stgrmom 49630
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"I have been cooking for my husband for 23 years and never have I received such rave reviews. My kids all loved it too! Will definitely make again."

mjlouk 24019
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2013


arcadialady 22294
Reviewed Oct. 20, 2012

"My family loved this recipe. They kep saying how moist the chicken was. Delicious."

krisjeffery1 63608
Reviewed Aug. 14, 2012

"Found another great Taste of Home recipe to add to our favorites! Always looking for something new to use the basil from our garden. All 8 of us from age 16 months to 44 years old loved it!"

allaboutcookies86 23745
Reviewed Jun. 3, 2012

"This was very easy to prepare and taste like something you would have at a finer restaraunt. I loved the flavors of the parmesan cheese, heavy whipping cream, pepper, pimientos, and fresh basil together. I may try that sauce on some other stuff. Overall I liked it for something different. Thank you for the idea Taste of Home!!"

lizlewis 22866
Reviewed May. 4, 2012

"Love it! Have made it once a week since I found it here. Sometimes I've had to adapt to what I've had on hand. I have basil plants in pots on the patio, and snip right before using."

redfaery77 24017
Reviewed Mar. 20, 2012

"It was very yummy! I cooked the chicken about 7-8 minutes per side because my thermometer wasn't showing the temp until then. The sauce was super delish!"

SanityBreak202 48010
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"My family and I love, love, love this chicken. We usually have enough sauce left over that I freeze it and use it again for this recipe or bake fish in it. It's great!"

ekatiakarpova 48009
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2012

"Wowwwwwwwwwwww so good! I will give not 5 but 10 starts. I used Shake`n Bake Parmesan Crusted by Kraft for bread crumbs 5.75 oz ( 1.74 at Walmart) and also I added little bit into the cream. I have told my husband it is so good that it reminds me Olive Garden Italian Restaurant."

hbaseley 47181
Reviewed Jan. 6, 2012

"This recipe isn't healthy enough to make it into our regular meal rotation, but it is SO good, I make a point to serve it occasionally. Excellent recipe for company or if you just want to treat yourself to a restaurant quality meal. A favorite that is sure to impress."

aorla846 24016
Reviewed Nov. 7, 2011

"This was AMAZING!!! My husband and I both declared it was the best recipe I've tried out since we've been married - and it was really fast and easy. This sauce is to die for."

Malinrose 29158
Reviewed Oct. 10, 2011

"Loved it! And it was super quick and easy to make!"

donovansquared 48008
Reviewed Jun. 11, 2011

"Very good sauce! I didn't bread the chicken. I cooked it in the skillet with 1tbsp butter and salt and pepper on it. Then I made the sauce minus the pimentos because we don't like those. Next time I'll add more fresh basil and less parmesan cheese."

dot1940 82664
Reviewed May. 15, 2011

"This is a keeper!!!! My son often requests this recipe. One of his favorites!!! Great company recipe as well---looks like you went to a lot of trouble but really isn't!!!"

cocos_mama 17696
Reviewed Apr. 19, 2011

"This is the perfect recipe. I only used half as much pimentos. Mixed the extra sauce in with egg noodles. Going to try it with rice tonight and pork chops next week...and maybe beef fillets sometime. Love it! very reminicent of shnitzle."

491223 49629
Reviewed Apr. 13, 2011

"My husband and I love this! We serve over fettucini, we replace pimientos with tomatoes."

hbaseley 56165
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"Restaurant quality recipe. A real treat."

patra2424 48007
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2010

"very good,,I used fire roasted tomatoes,instead of pimientos,,doubled sauce and had with angel hair,(but i browned breasts in pan with butter,,then put in oven,to finish cooking,and made sauce in chicken juices.."

Reviewed Aug. 21, 2010

"Excellent flavor. My family loves this recipe!"

Little Lizzie 52320
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2010

"I liked the taste of this, but I thickened the sauce a bit so it wasn't so runny. I also had to cook the chicken longer than the recipe stated."

blackoctober13 63606
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2010

"didn't use pimientos, still worked out ok."

nursechef 55849
Reviewed Feb. 4, 2010

"I have made this recipe many times now. We double the sauce and make angel hair pasta on the side tossed in it also. Instead of the pimientos I use tomato since I hate pimientos. I add the tomato the same time as the basil. Yummy."

mneumann 55800
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2010

"I have made this many times and make a little extra sauce to serve over angel hair pasta. Wonderful meal!! Very easy and delicious."

tonyalrice 22865
Reviewed Nov. 20, 2009

"my family loves this recipe. my husband has very few chicken recipes he likes but he fell in love with this one and thats saying something for a man who does not care for chicken."

Elaine316 48006
Reviewed Oct. 2, 2009

"This is delicious and a family favorite. I've made it quite a few times."

Amanda_K 49628
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2009

"We really enjoy this recipe. However, the chicken does not cook as quickly as the recipe indicates and if you have it on med-high heat, the breading will burn while the chicken will not be done."

vero5803 56139
Reviewed Jun. 4, 2009

"I tried it with a jar of marinated artichoke hearts. Delicious! Thanks for the tip!"

erinelaine87 56132
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2008

"I added a can of drained artichoke quarters to the sauce while cooking it and it turned out amazing! Worth giving a try if you like artichoke!"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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