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Chicken in Basil Cream

When I first read this recipe, I thought it looked difficult. But because I had all the ingredients readily at hand, I gave it a try. Am I glad I did! Not only it is simple to prepare, it tastes. —Judy Baker Craig, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 jar (4 ounces) sliced pimientos, drained
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper


  • Place milk and bread crumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip chicken in milk, then coat with crumbs.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, cook chicken in butter until a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 165°, about 5 minutes on each side. Remove and keep warm.
  • Add broth to the skillet. Bring to a boil over medium heat; stir to loosen browned bits. Stir in the cream and pimientos; boil and stir for 1 minute. Reduce heat. Add the cheese, basil and pepper; cook and stir until heated through. Serve with chicken.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 493 calories, 37g fat (22g saturated fat), 177mg cholesterol, 536mg sodium, 9g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 30g protein.

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  • 7833louis
    Oct 13, 2020

    Perfect in every way! Thanks for sharing.

  • Janet
    Jun 28, 2020

    This is one of my all time favorite recipes. It looks hard to make but it really is quite easy. Don't be afraid of the pimentos. They add a nice flavor.

  • greatwithoutgluten
    Aug 30, 2017

    Easy quick recipe. Great for a week night!

  • kghmama
    Jul 6, 2017

    Delicious! One of my favorite recipes. I never remember to buy pimentos so I always use chopped roasted red peppers and its great. I double the sauce (or just use 2 chicken breasts and make the sauce as is) since it goes great over the chicken and pasta too. Love!

  • jetluvs2cook
    May 22, 2017

    Delicious! To save on carbs, I grilled the chicken instead of breaded and frying. So easy to make!!

  • LindaGlen5
    Mar 31, 2017

    We loved this recipe! I also used a can of Rotel instead of pimientoand shredded Parmesan and Romano mix. ... and thighs instead of breasts. So delicious! Put it in my recipe box.

  • JenandBry
    Jan 4, 2017

    Love this recipe! I've made it three times now. The basil cream makes the dish look so elegant and the flavor is amazing, smooth, and just the right amount of basil flavoring. This dish appears difficult but is so simple and easy to do. This recipe will be one I make many times!

  • GStaelens
    Oct 29, 2015

    Easy to make

  • LauriePar
    Oct 16, 2015

    The chicken and the sauce turned out delicious~ this really is a 30 minute meal. It is a very easy recipe that even a beginner cook could make. I also left out the pimentos and it turned out excellent!

  • i12cook
    May 13, 2015

    This dish is very easy and delicious. I make it with chicken tenders instead of breast. The left over sauce is good on potatoes or rice. Looks hard and company will think you are a gourmet cook, but this really is easy and very pretty looking. Fresh basil is a must to get the best results.