- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
- 3 teaspoons butter, divided
- 8 plum tomatoes, seeded and chopped
- 1 small onion, finely chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup loosely packed basil leaves, julienned
- 3/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken in 2 teaspoons butter until no longer pink. Remove and keep warm. In the same skillet, saute tomatoes and onion in remaining butter until onion is softened. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
- Stir in broth. Bring to a boil; add orzo. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10-12 minutes or until orzo is tender. Stir in the chicken, milk, basil, salt and pepper; heat through (do not boil). Sprinkle with cheese just before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.
Reviews for Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce
"This recipe was great...it was a little difficult to find the whole wheat orzo but I finally found it at Publix but not in the pasta section in the rice section. I didn't start using more liquid but it was obvious I was going to need more so I added more broth. I made it as low fat as I could by using Land o' Lakes light butter and low fat evaporated milk and reduced fat feta (I used the kind with basil for added flavor). I also did not use plum tomatoes but used sundried instead...I thought it was fabulous!!"
"Excellent recipe! The fresh Basil really makes the recipe special."
"This is a great dish. Like the other reviewers, I added more broth when the orzo started looking dry. The feta really makes this dish stand out. I will definitely make again!"
"Really good and will definitely make again. I followed the recipe exactly and thought it had just the right amount of liquid. Wouldn't change a thing."
"Good recipe . I also used more liquid , both chicken broth and evaporated milk . Think I will add a little more garlic and a pinch of cayenne pepper next time . This was a great "comfort" food with fewer carbohydrates than most . Will definitely try again ,"
"I thought this was a good recipe and a little different than average. I do however think it needs more liquid. The 1/2 c of chicken broth called for was not enough to cook the orzo for 10 minutes. I thought that but went ahead and followed the recipe but my orzo was stuck to the pan and had no liquid left after 10 minutes. I also used the whole can of evaporated milk because it needed it and also it comes in a 12 oz can and I see no reason to save 4 oz. :)"
"This is a restaurant quality dish, in my opinion. It was a hit with my family and we will definitely make it again. It is very time-consuming, though. I have no idea how anyone could prepare all the ingredients in 20 minutes. I always wonder how they calculate the prep time."