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Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce Recipe
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Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce Recipe

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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.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • 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

Nutritional Facts

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.

Directions

  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.
Originally published as Chicken in Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce in Healthy Cooking August/September 2012, p48

Nutritional Facts

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.

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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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.

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Reviewed Jan. 7, 2014

Excellent dish will make again!

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Reviewed Sep. 13, 2012

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

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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

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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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