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Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce Recipe

Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce Recipe

This recipe was inspired by all our fresh garden tomatoes and herbs. In summer, I grill the chicken with some Italian seasonings and a bit of garlic powder, but on rainy days or in winter, I cook it on the stovetop. —Rachel Kowasic, Connellsville, Pennsylvania
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/2 cups: 417 calories, 12g fat (6g saturated fat), 94mg cholesterol, 723mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 9g fiber), 35g protein Diabetic Exchanges:2 starch, 3 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1/2 whole milk, 1/2 fat

Reviews for Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce

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Reviewed Jan. 3, 2016

"Excellent recipe! The fresh Basil really makes the recipe special."

Reviewed Nov. 9, 2015

"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!"

Reviewed Aug. 23, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2015

"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 ,"

Reviewed Jul. 17, 2015

"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. :)"

Reviewed Jun. 28, 2015

"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."

Reviewed Jun. 24, 2015

"Have made this twice now. First as is, and then with shrimp instead of chicken. Fantastic either way...Great fairly easy recipe that looks like you spent hours on it."

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Reviewed Jan. 23, 2014

"I didn't have fresh basil, so I used dried. I think it would have been much better with fresh basil. It's still good, and even better the next day. But if I make it again, I'll make sure I have fresh basil."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

"Excellent dish will make again!"

Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

"Great recipe. Used fresh Roma tomatoes and basil from our garden. Great flavor."

Reviewed Aug. 19, 2012

"I really liked the flavor and will make this again. I didn't have a problem with the orzo being soupy. One of my children didn't like this, but the rest of us gave it thumbs up"

Reviewed Jul. 25, 2012

"This was delish! :o) I didn't have any orzo in my cupboard, so I substituted quick cooking barley instead. It turned out so good, very filling, hearty and healthy. Yum!! I also used maybe 1 TB of basil seasoning instead of the basil leaves."

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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