Basil Chicken Recipe (Skillet Basil Cream Chicken)

Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce has always been one of my favorite recipes. This Basil Chicken Recipe has a creamy sauce made with buttermilk and cheese that is just to die for. Easy breaded chicken, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and more make up this super easy, delicious, and fool-proof favorite among Skillet Chicken Recipes. You need this Cream Chicken in your life ASAP! Basil Recipes for the win!

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Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce has always been one of my favorite recipes. This Basil Chicken Recipe has a creamy sauce made with buttermilk and cheese that is just to die for. Easy breaded chicken, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and more make up this super easy, delicious, and fool-proof favorite among Skillet Chicken Recipes. You need this Cream Chicken in your life ASAP! Basil Recipes for the win!

Basil Chicken with Tomato Cream Sauce is one of my favorite basil recipes. The flavor is out of this world!

When I started The Cookie Rookie a couple days after my 30th birthday in 2012…I couldn’t cook, anything. I started it as a hobby but it has become SO much more. I have made some pretty big strides in cooking, but also love it for the creative outlet, connecting with readers, the blogger friends I’ve made, and of course the never ending delicious leftovers!

Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce was one of the first recipes I made when I started learning to cook. It gave me so much confidence because it’s SO delicious and so fool-proof.

I was instantly in love with this Cream Chicken. The fact that it’s all made in ONE PAN blew my mind and gave me confidence that I too could cook amazing (yet EASY) meals for friends and family. I can never have enough Skillet Chicken Recipes!

 

Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce has always been one of my favorite recipes. This Basil Chicken Recipe has a creamy sauce made with buttermilk and cheese that is just to die for. Easy breaded chicken, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and more make up this super easy, delicious, and fool-proof favorite among Skillet Chicken Recipes. You need this Cream Chicken in your life ASAP! Basil Recipes for the win!

Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce has always been one of my favorite recipes. This Basil Chicken Recipe has a creamy sauce made with buttermilk and cheese that is just to die for. Easy breaded chicken, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and more make up this super easy, delicious, and fool-proof favorite among Skillet Chicken Recipes. You need this Cream Chicken in your life ASAP! Basil Recipes for the win!

No one has to know just how easy this Basil Chicken Recipe really is! Let them think you’re a master chef.

Although the post was all written in lowercase…and the pictures were HORRENDOUS (like, ouch!), it remains one of my very favorite recipes on the site. Search “basil chicken” to see the original post! (I warned you about the pictures!) is is actually the SECOND time I’ve done new photos for this post (I attempted again in 2014 and although the pics were better than the first time around, they still didn’t do this creamy chicken justice. I keep coming back to this Basil Chicken and it continues to be a favorite after all these years.

I also recently recruited Mom to help me perfect the recipe so this is the new and improved version!! We have tested and tested it and now it’s perfect. This Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce is SO good and SO easy.

Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce has always been one of my favorite recipes. This Basil Chicken Recipe has a creamy sauce made with buttermilk and cheese that is just to die for. Easy breaded chicken, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and more make up this super easy, delicious, and fool-proof favorite among Skillet Chicken Recipes. You need this Cream Chicken in your life ASAP! Basil Recipes for the win!

Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce has always been one of my favorite recipes. This Basil Chicken Recipe has a creamy sauce made with buttermilk and cheese that is just to die for. Easy breaded chicken, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and more make up this super easy, delicious, and fool-proof favorite among Skillet Chicken Recipes. You need this Cream Chicken in your life ASAP! Basil Recipes for the win!

Does this Basil Chicken Recipe reheat well?

Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce is the ULTIMATE recipe for leftovers. When I know I have this Chicken Recipe for leftovers the next day, I’m a happy camper. It reheats beautifully when popped microwave for a little over a minute. Smother it is leftover sauce!!

How long will Basil Chicken it keep in the fridge?

This Basil Chicken Recipe doesn’t freeze well due to the cream component, but it will keep just fine in the fridge for 2-3 days. If you’re like us, it won’t last that long due to you eating it immediately.

What are some other favorite Skillet Chicken Recipes?

Some other favorite Skillet Chicken Recipes include Chicken Parmesan Pasta Skillet, Enchilada Stuffed Chicken Skillet, and Chicken con Queso. Can you tell I’m obsessed with one pot wonders with CHICKEN?!

Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce has always been one of my favorite recipes. This Basil Chicken Recipe has a creamy sauce made with buttermilk and cheese that is just to die for. Easy breaded chicken, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and more make up this super easy, delicious, and fool-proof favorite among Skillet Chicken Recipes. You need this Cream Chicken in your life ASAP! Basil Recipes for the win!

Tips for making Basil Chicken Recipe with Cream Sauce:

This recipe works best when the chicken breasts aren’t super thick. You could also slice bigger breasts (that doesn’t sound right?) in half length-wise if you can’t find thin cuts. They cook faster and more evenly in the skillet and are all the more tender! Man I love this recipe. Just looking at that basil cream sauce…addiction.

Thanks so much for coming along on this crazy Cookie Rookie ride with me.  I couldn’t do it without you. I cannot believe that I’ve officially been writing on this little spot of the internet as my FULL TIME JOB for 3 years now. Say what?! I’m so grateful. It was recipes like this Skillet Basil Cream Chicken that got me excited to start this journey.

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Watch the video or see recipe card below for full details on How to Make Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce. Enjoy.

Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce has always been one of my favorite recipes. This Basil Chicken Recipe has a creamy sauce made with buttermilk and cheese that is just to die for. Easy breaded chicken, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and more make up this super easy, delicious, and fool-proof Skillet Chicken Recipe. You need this Cream Chicken in your life ASAP!

Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 702 kcal
Author: Becky Hardin
Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce has always been one of my favorite recipes. This Basil Chicken Recipehas a creamy sauce made with buttermilk and cheese that is just to die for. Easy breaded chicken, tomatoes, fresh herbs, and more make up this super easy, delicious, and fool-proof favorite among Skillet Chicken Recipes. You need this Cream Chicken in your life ASAP! Basil Recipes for the win!
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Ingredients

  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup breadcrumbs
  • 4 chicken breasts boneless, skinless
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • ¼ cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry optional
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 can pimentos 4 ounces can, drained
  • 1 can diced tomatoes 14.5 ounce can, drained
  • ¼ cup fresh basil chopped
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons garlic & herb cheese such as Boursin
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Place chicken breasts in a shallow dish and cover with buttermilk.
  2. Pour breadcrumbs in a different shallow dish.
  3. Heat skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon canola oil.
  4. Dip chicken in the breadcrumbs and place in the hot skillet.
  5. Cook 5 minutes or until bottom side is crispy and golden brown.
  6. Add remaining butter and oil and flip the breasts over. Cook another 5-7 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  7. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Set aside.
  8. Add chicken broth and sherry (if using) to the skillet to deglaze and bring to a boil over medium heat. Scrape the brown bits off the bottom of the skillet.
  9. Add the cream, pimentos and tomatoes. Bring to a boil and cook 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  10. Reduce heat to low and add Parmesan, garlic-herb cheese, basil and black pepper. Bring to a simmer and cook until sauce reduces by half.
  11. Add the chicken back to the sauce and heat through.
  12. Serve as is with sauce or with a side of rice or pasta.
  13. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Basil Chicken with Cream Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 702 Calories from Fat 486
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 54g 83%
Saturated Fat 28g 140%
Cholesterol 215mg 72%
Sodium 717mg 30%
Potassium 777mg 22%
Total Carbohydrates 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 4g
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 50.5%
Vitamin C 44.3%
Calcium 39.4%
Iron 13.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

AROUND THE WEB: Looking for more Basil Recipes? Check out some of our favorites from our blogging friends, Chicken Pinot Noir, and Zucchini Tomatoes and Basil.

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Comments

Ambar
lol loved this post! I'm so ashamed of some of my early post too! I love how you put a twist on chicken breast! It looks savory:)
Roxy
Omggg!! That looks so delicious! Im so definitely going to cook this to my family!!!!
Jenny Martin
What a fun and delicious recipe site. Love the chicken!
tania
Hi there, for the boursin cheesr , is it a particular flavor? Thank you
    Becky Hardin
    Any flavor would be delish, but I used the garlic and herb flavor! Thanks for stopping by Tania!
Purdue
What's terrific about this recipe is it can be both summery and comforting in the winter. Great tip on cutting the breasts for even cooking in the skillet.
Shannon L.
Absolutely delicious! I made this recipe for a dinner party and got rave reviews.....used 8 small breasts and increased the sauce ingredients slightly. I only wish there were more leftovers!
    Becky Hardin
    I'm so glad you loved it!! Made my day to hear that. And I always want more leftovers too :) Thanks for trying the recipe and letting me know!
Natasha
I loved this recipe :) It was the highlight of my Sunday! Thank you!!!
Brendan Bailey
Can I use whipping cream in place of the heavy cream? Sorry, not much of a cook!?
    Becky Hardin
    Yes you definitely can Brendan! No worries, I'm learning with you! Hope you love the recipe :)
Angie Ohmann
I'm going to make this for dinner tonight, it looks amazing! And your photo's have greatly improved! :)
    Becky Hardin
    Thanks so much Angie!!! That is so sweet and so nice to hear. Hope you love the recipe!
Camille
A-amazing recipe! I usually never reply to a recipe on a blog I have tried. However this was a Top 3 if not number one meal on pinterest I have found! The chicken was so moist and the sauce is unbelievable! We have 4 kids my husband and myself so 6 of us so I made it the recipe twice in a row tonight, made enough sauce to freeze and pack for husbands lunch! Bravo for creating this. PS, we went out to dinner on Friday and Sunday, which we never do, I cook 95% of the meals and husband said it was better than any restaurant and the kids called me Chef Mommy... lol Sorry this is so long, but it's excellent the recipe is great, even the step by step is so helpful. Thank you, keep up the great work!
    Becky Hardin
    This is the best comment I have ever gotten!! THANK YOU for letting me know! Completely made my day, that is SO wonderful to hear! So glad you loved it!
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