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

Easy One-Pan Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce Recipe

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

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Chicken Basil Cream is a great recipe to make for a quick dinner on busy weeknights. It isn’t too hard to make but tastes as though you cooked it 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 the whole family will enjoy!

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 to fit what we liked. I love cheese, so I 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.

Chicken Basil Cream Step by Step

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
Ingredients for chicken basil cream in stainless steel bowls on a wooden surface

Preparation

Heat a large skillet and warm the olive oil over medium-high heat. Meanwhile, pour the milk and breadcrumbs into two separate shallow bowls. 

Raw chicken in a stainless steel bowl next to a white bowl of milk and another white bowl of bread crumbs all on a wooden surface

Dip each piece of boneless skinless chicken breast into the milk, then coat it with the breadcrumbs. Place the chicken in the warm skillet. Cook for about 5-10 minutes on each side, until cooked through and golden brown, flipping at least once.

Cooked chicken in a skillet on a wooden surface

Remove the crispy chicken from the pan and cover to keep warm. Add the chicken broth and heavy cream. Raise the temperature to high and bring it to a boil then reduce it to medium heat.

Chicken broth and cream in a skillet on a wooden surface

Add the parmesan cheese, basil, and pepper and stir until the cheese has melted, about 4-5 minutes.

Chicken broth and cream with basil in a skillet on a wooden surface

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 Leftovers

Storage: Place cooled leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for 1-2 days. 

Reheating: The best way to reheat this is to place it in a saucepan over medium heat until warmed through. If the sauce is too thick, you can add a little bit of milk, heavy cream, or chicken broth as it warms. 

Recipe

Originally Published On: January 12, 2017

Last Updated On: June 7, 2024

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
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chicken
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heavy cream
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
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Nut-Free
Meat:
Chicken/Turkey
Cooking Method:
One-Pan Meals
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 4 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 black pepper

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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 medium heat
  • 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 (3 oz)
Calories 418 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 17g85%
Trans Fat 0.01g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 150mg50%
Sodium 512mg21%
Potassium 532mg15%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 1085IU22%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 228mg23%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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23 thoughts on “Easy One-Pan Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce Recipe”

    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. 5 stars
        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.

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