Chicken Basil Cream on a tan plate with garlic bread and a sprig of fresh basil on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Chicken Basil Cream

Chicken Basil Cream is a great recipe to make for a quick dinner for two. It isn’t too hard to make, but tastes like you cooked for hours.

Chicken Basil Cream is a great recipe to make for a quick dinner for two. It isn’t too hard to make but tastes as though you cooked for hours. A creamy sauce is poured over breaded chicken to make this delicious entree. Pair it with some fresh bread, pasta noodles, or vegetables, and you have a complete meal!

If I know I am putting the chicken over noodles, I usually double the sauce so there is enough to cover the chicken and the noodles sufficiently. Justin said that this is a great meal to have a glass of wine with as well, I just don’t drink much wine.

My aunt used to make this recipe when I lived with them when I first went off to college. Her recipe included less cheese, more basil, and pimentos. As I usually do, I changed the recipe up to fit what we like. I love cheese, so had to add more of that. The basil was almost too strong for my tastes. And really, the pimentos didn’t seem to add any flavor so I just cut those out completely.

Step by Step

Heat a medium skillet and warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, pour the milk in one shallow bowl and the breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl.

Breadcrumbs in a white bowl next to another white bowl with milk on a granite countertop

Dip each piece of chicken into the milk, then coat with the breadcrumbs. Place the chicken in the warm skillet.

Two breaded chicken breasts in a cast iron skillet on a gas stovetop

Cook for about 5-10 minutes on each side, until cooked through, flipping at least once.

Fried breaded chicken breasts being turned by a pair of tongs in a cast iron skillet on a gas stovetop

Remove the chicken from the pan and cover to keep warm.

Add the chicken broth and heavy whipping cream. Raise the temperature to high and bring to a boil then reduce to low.

Cream cooking in a cast iron skillet on a gas stovetop

Add the parmesan cheese, basil, and pepper and stir until the cheese has melted.

Basil cream in a cast iron skillet on a gas stovetop

Serve the chicken with the cream sauce over it

Chicken Basil Cream on a tan plate with garlic bread and a sprig of fresh basil on a wooden surface (vertical)
Chicken Basil Cream

Recipe

Originally Published On: January 12, 2017

Last Updated On: August 2, 2019

Chicken Basil Cream on a tan plate with garlic bread and a sprig of fresh basil on a wooden surface

Chicken Basil Cream

Chicken Basil Cream is a great recipe to make for a quick dinner for two. It isn’t too hard to make, but tastes like you cooked for hours.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: basil, chicken, heavy cream
Servings: 2
4.84 from 6 votes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese (shredded)
  • 2 tbsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Recommended Equipment

Instructions

  • Heat a medium skillet and warm the olive oil over medium-high heat
  • Meanwhile, pour the milk in one shallow bowl and the breadcrumbs in another shallow bowl
  • Dip each piece of chicken into the milk, then coat with the breadcrumbs
  • Place the chicken in the warm skillet
  • Cook for about 5-10 minutes on each side, until cooked through, flipping at least once
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and cover to keep warm
  • Add the chicken broth and heavy whipping cream
  • Raise the temperature to high and bring to a boil then reduce to low
  • Add the parmesan cheese, basil, and pepper and stir until the cheese has melted
  • Serve the chicken with the cream sauce over it
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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Basil Cream
Amount Per Serving
Calories 842 Calories from Fat 522
% Daily Value*
Fat 58g89%
Saturated Fat 33g165%
Cholesterol 327mg109%
Sodium 1034mg43%
Potassium 1062mg30%
Carbohydrates 15g5%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 62g124%
Vitamin A 2200IU44%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 444mg44%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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23 thoughts on “Chicken Basil Cream”

    1. My boys will eat almost anything with chicken, too. The sauce is delicious on noodles, so you could make the chicken for your daughter and use the rest of the sauce on pasta for you and hubby.

      1. I am hosting a brunch the last Sunday of August and I was building my menu. I will serve your delicious chicken basil, thanks for sharing.

  1. I need to try this as I love cheese and prefer cream sauce when I make pasta. With bread it would also be nice! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

  2. Hahaha loved the bit about easy, but tastes like you cooked for hours. How I feel about my instantpot. I am with you on the sauce though, I want enough to cover EVERYTHING.

  3. Enjoy the meal. Heavy cream and I are not friendly but I can appreciate it for others. The dish looks good. Bon apetito!

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