Skillet Basil Cream Chicken

Skillet Basil Cream Chicken has always been one of my favorite recipes.

ONE POT Skillet Basil Cream Chicken, perfect comfort food! | The Cookie Rookie

It’s the perfect comfort food for this cold weather! This is the kind of comfort food I can make again and again.

ONE POT Skillet Basil Cream Chicken, perfect comfort food! | The Cookie RookieWhen 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!

Skillet Basil Cream Chicken was one of the first recipes I made when I started.

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. Click here to see the original post! (I warned you about the pictures!)

ONE POT Skillet Basil Cream Chicken, perfect comfort food! | The Cookie RookieSpeaking of leftovers, this recipe is the king of leftovers.  Serve it with rice or pasta, its delicious so many ways.  It’s a keeper, even if those original pictures were not not not. 
ONE POT Skillet Basil Cream Chicken, perfect comfort food! | The Cookie Rookie ONE POT Skillet Basil Cream Chicken, perfect comfort food! | The Cookie RookieThis 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.

ONE POT Skillet Basil Cream Chicken, perfect comfort food! | The Cookie RookieThanks so much for coming along on this crazy Cookie Rookie ride with me.  I couldn’t do it without you. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do!

ONE POT Skillet Basil Cream Chicken, perfect comfort food! | The Cookie Rookie

Serves 4

Skillet Basil Cream Chicken

10 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

30 minTotal Time


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  • 1/4 cup Milk
  • 1/4 cup Dry bread crumbs
  • 1 pound Boneless skinless chicken breast; 4 halves
  • 3 tablespoons Butter
  • 1/2 cup Chicken broth
  • 1 cup Heavy cream
  • 1 can (4 oz) Pimentos
  • 1 cup diced tomatoes, or 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Basil; fresh, minced (i also added some dry basil)
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan; grated
  • 2 tablespoons boursin cheese
  • ? teaspoon Pepper


  1. Heat skillet over medium high heat
  2. Place milk and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls
  3. Dip chicken in milk, and then coat with crumbs
  4. Add chicken to skillet with 1/2 of the butter about 5 min
  5. Add remaining butter flip chicken and cook another 5-8 min or until chicken is cooked.
  6. Remove and set aside
  7. Add broth to skillet bring to boil over medium heat
  8. Stir in cream, pimientos, and tomatoes; boil and stir for 1 min
  9. Reduce heat, add parmesan cheese, bousrin cheese, basil and pepper; cook and stir until heated through.
  10. Add the chicken back into the sauce.
  11. Serve chicken as is, covered in sauce, or with rice or pasta.
  12. Enjoy!
574 cal
40 g
14 g
39 g

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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:)
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!
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!
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!
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!
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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