Sunday, June 10, 2012

Chicken with Basil Cream Sauce

If you were to tell any of my friends from high school, or any of my ex-boyfriends, that I had a food blog, they would tell you that you are crazy.  In fact, when I met my husband, I told him that I wasn't the Betty Crocker type. I hated to cook.  More than likely, because I didn't know how to cook.

I'm not sure what has happened in the past 10 years, but now, I love to cook and bake. I even started a cook book in 2008. :) It's nothing fancy, just a purple 2" binder.  I love purple. Most of the recipes in it are just trial and error.  I'm lucky my family does not mind being a test kitchen. :) 

This is one of the recipes that has been in my binder since 2008.  I pull it out every once in a while, and we all love it!  I might even dare to say that it is our favorite.

Chicken with Basil Cream Sauce


1/4 cup of milk
1/4 cup dry bread crumbs
4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3T butter
1T olive oil
1/2 cup chicken broth
1C heavy cream
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/2 c minced fresh basil (or 1 tsp dried)
1/8 t pepper
1t cornstarch
pasta, cooked


Preheat oven to 350˚

Place milk and bread crumbs in separate bowls.  Dip chicken in milk, then coat with bread crumbs.

In skillet, over medium heat, brown chicken on both sides in butter and oil.  Remove and place in preheated oven to keep warm.

Add broth to skillet.  Bring to a boil over medium heat and stir to loosen browned bits from pan bottom.  Stir in whipping cream, boil and stir for 1 minute.  Reduce heat.  Stir in parmesan cheese, basil and pepper; cook until heated through.  

Mix cornstarch with extra chicken broth and stir into skillet if needed to thicken sauce.  

Pour over chicken.  Serve over pasta.  

I used to use angel hair pasta (which is the best), but I cannot find whole grain angel hair pasta anywhere, so I have been using thin spaghetti.  Also, I don't keep the chicken breasts whole, I cut them into tenders.  Easier for the kids to handle.  Oh yeah, and I learned very quickly to double the sauce recipe.  There never seemed to be enough.  

Linking to: Six Sisters's Stuff's Strut Your Stuff Saturday, My Turn for Us' Freedom Friday. Serendipity and Spice's  Manic Monday, Everyday Mom's Meals' Church Supper, Chef in Training's Tuesday Talent Show


  1. My hubby would love this, he loves cream sauces and pesto or basil. I just have to try it on him. Have been following via bloglovin, now also following via Linky. Would love to invite you to share this post or any of your favorite posts to Freedom Fridays Blog Hop. So hoping to see you there (and bring this yummy Basil cream sauce:)

  2. yum!! and my basil is perfect right now too! thanks!

    1. You're welcome. It is a staple in our house! thanks for stopping by.

  3. This looks delicious. I`m looking forward to making and trying it. You have a new follower.

    All the best,

  4. This sounds divine! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week & please come back soon ~EMM

  5. OH YES! You brought this yummy Chicken and Basil Cream Sauce to my party. My hubby is definitely gonna love it. Thank you for sharing at Freedom Fridays. Hope you have a super terrific week!

  6. This looks great! I have a huge basil plant & am constantly looking for new basil recipes. ;) Stopping over from Mom's Test Meals party.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you like this basil family loves it!

  7. Your recipes are amazing! Love this one too!! I'm so glad you shared all of these at Mom's Test Meal Mondays!

  8. I just made this for dinner this evening. HUGE hit! :) Going in my regular rotation now. Thanks so much for sharing, lady!