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Chicken with Basil Artichoke Sauce Recipe

Chicken with Basil Artichoke Sauce Recipe

Lemon-flavored chicken and a basil-artichoke sauce make this an elegant entree for Easter. It's delicious served over hot cooked pasta or rice. —Andrea Metzler, Moscow, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • SAUCE:
  • 3-1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1-1/2 cups milk
  • 1 can (14 ounces) water-packed artichoke hearts, rinsed, drained and quartered
  • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • 2 tablespoons white wine or chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Directions

  • 1. Rub chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, brown chicken in oil on both sides. Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Drizzle with lemon juice. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for 20–25 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.
  • 2. Meanwhile, in a small heavy saucepan, whisk cornstarch and milk until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Stir in the remaining ingredients; heat through. Serve sauce with chicken. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken breast half with 1/2 cup sauce: 282 calories, 10g fat (3g saturated fat), 75mg cholesterol, 692mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1 starch.

Reviews for Chicken with Basil Artichoke Sauce

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Soot User ID: 7699028 175672
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2014

"Really yummy. Will make it again."

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plumjas30 User ID: 4322210 177704
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2013

"This is a wonderful recipe. I just tossed the artichoke with a little olive oil and garlic to give it that extra savory element. Very easy and a wonderful way to use artichokes."

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ahd605 User ID: 2867335 177703
Reviewed May. 4, 2013

"loved the lemon flavor and everything blended well. loved it!"

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L_to the_EB User ID: 6847095 93356
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"As a disclaimer, I am reviewing the recipe as I made it, which involved some significant modifications. After reading other reviewers claims that the recipe was a bit bland, I decided to combat this from the start.

I began by sautéing one onion and one garlic clove, both thinly sliced, in some olive oil (rather than canola) with salt and pepper. I also thinly sliced an additional garlic clove to add in to the sauce later. I only made two breasts, and although I did make a full sauce batch, I'd at least increase the onion/garlic quantity by half (if not double) for four breasts. After cooking for about 5 minutes over medium-low heat, I threw in a tbsp of butter, and then added the chicken breasts (which I'd seasoned liberally 20 min earlier with pepper, thyme, and Mrs. Dash to avoid the forewarned bland flavor), lemon juice, and about half a tsp of lemon zest (half of a lemon's worth). As a few other reviewers suggested, I decided to cook my chicken entirely in the pan (at a low temp) rather than putting it in the oven after a flash fry.
After the chicken was almost cooked through, I began the sauce. For the sauce, I followed instructions on the milk and cornstarch, but before boiling, I went ahead and added the chicken stock, some of my sauteed onions and garlic from the chicken pan, the clove of fresh sliced garlic, and another half tsp of lemon zest (the other half of the lemon). I saved the other ingredients for after the sauce began to boil, although I did also add in some fresh ground pepper and some salt before boiling. After letting my sauce thicken, I added the artichokes and parmesan, and I only had to let it cook for a short while to melt the cheese and warm the artichokes.
After the sauce was finished, voila! I had delicious, and flavorful, chicken breasts smothered in a savory sauce. I think the onions and garlic really added flavor, and I also think seasoning the chicken ahead of time was probably helpful as well. The sauce would also be wonderful on pasta, and is definitely a sauce I would make again! I'm sure the original recipe is pretty good, but for my savory preferences, I wanted to make sure the dish packed flavor. If you make these modifications, you'll have a dish that is far from bland, I assure you!"

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tcuckt User ID: 5658943 210285
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2012

"I agree with other reviewers - I feel like the recipe was bland and lacked flavor."

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johnandcherrie User ID: 2659385 109396
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2012

"This recipe turned out awesone. I doubled the sauce part, added 1/2 cream & half milk, more lemon juice along with lemon zest. Served on wild rice and with steamed zucchini. It is a keeper recipe. Yummo!Little extra basil too"

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blue_eyes998 User ID: 5762850 176084
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2012

"This recipe does need some adjustment. As somebody has stated, browning and then baking seemed to me to be overkill and not helpful in getting tender chicken. I instead not only browned but fully cooked my chicken in a skillet while I made the sauce, tossing in the extra 2 Tbsp. of lemon juice that was going to be drizzled over the chicken according to the recipe. Then, when the chicken was cooked, I added it to the sauce and served. It was much faster and the chicken was tender. I personally thought it was good but not exciting. If I were to make it again, I'd try adding in some lemon zest."

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brijen User ID: 2108821 142600
Reviewed Apr. 16, 2012

"I have not made this yet but as the person below wrote, why would you make this if you don't like basil and artichoke???"

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promiseswr User ID: 6143435 117031
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"Made this tonight, and per the advice of a review I cooked the chicken in an electric skillet. Doubled the sauce as well. Personal taste is one of more seasonings than the recipe called for. My family really enjoyed this recipe. I will share it, and make again. Anxious to try in the crock pot."

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Toni57 User ID: 1827137 96242
Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"This is a great recipe to fix for a family meal. I baked the chicken in the oven and while this was baking I made the sauce but used marinated artichoke hearts with some of its juice. Made this for a dinner party-great everyone loved it."

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choc52 User ID: 434649 117030
Reviewed Apr. 1, 2012

"Very good -- always love to try new chicken recipes. I did whole thing in skillet; didn't use oven and substituted water for wine/broth as I didn't have either. Only change I would recommend is to at least double the sauce. Thanks for sharing!"

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crieger618 User ID: 3626240 96240
Reviewed Mar. 29, 2012

"Easy recipe! I used Provolone because that's all that I had in the refrigerator. I used fresh basil from my herbs....and topped it with a few more for decoration. So easy!"

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BushmanK User ID: 1409731 107941
Reviewed Mar. 28, 2012

"I thought this recipe was too bland. I tried to get a good flavor by adding some chicken broth but it was absolutely tasteless."

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dee-d User ID: 6150276 210284
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"This was very easy to make and very delicious. I used 1%milk and it tasted like there was cream in it. The lemon and basil are a wonderful fresh addition. The whole family loved it and I'm sure I will be making it often."

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sgproverbs356 User ID: 6542089 107940
Reviewed Mar. 27, 2012

"This was alright but the fresh basil was too overpowering. I added about 1/2 cup more parmesan cheese to balance the flavor. If you are not a fan of basil or artichoke then don't try this."

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TexasR User ID: 2715154 93350
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2012

"This is excellent. The only thng I did different was, I cooked my chicken all the way in the skillet with a little butter and olive oil, cook it slow so it would be moist. I will double everything for the sauce next time, because it was awesome! I served it over egg noodles"

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BEFED User ID: 5853910 117029
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"I haven't made this yet, but I wanted to alert those who don't know. If you brown a boneless chicken breast and bake it for 25 minutes at 375 degrees you will end up with a hockey puck!"

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nativegirl97 User ID: 5417199 177702
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2012

"I actually haven't made this yet but I think it looks really good! I plan to make it one day next week! :) I will come back and review at that time once I have tasted it but from looking at the pic and the recipe I think it will be good :)"

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Wine Pairings

Full-Bodied White Wine

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