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Chicken in Basil Cream Recipe
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Chicken in Basil Cream Recipe

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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.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/3 cup sauce equals 493 calories, 37 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 177 mg cholesterol, 536 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 30 g protein.

Directions

  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.
Originally published as Chicken in Basil Cream in Quick Cooking July/August 1998, p27

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/3 cup sauce equals 493 calories, 37 g fat (22 g saturated fat), 177 mg cholesterol, 536 mg sodium, 9 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 30 g protein.

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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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."

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Reviewed Jan. 17, 2015

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

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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."

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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 difference...lol I LOVE THIS DISH!!! I have cooked it twice so far and it will be one I turn to often."

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Reviewed Sep. 30, 2013

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

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