Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce Recipe
- 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.
1-1/2 cups equals 417 calories, 12 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 94 mg cholesterol, 723 mg sodium, 41 g carbohydrate, 9 g fiber, 35 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1/2 whole milk, 1/2 fat.
Reviews for Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce
"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."
"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."
"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."
"Excellent dish will make again!"
"Great recipe. Used fresh Roma tomatoes and basil from our garden. Great flavor."
"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"
"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."
Full-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.