Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken is a mouthwatering, one pan, creamy chicken recipe that is ready for dinner in 30 minutes or less! Chicken thighs or breasts are seared and simmered in a creamy tomato basil and parmesan sauce making for an easy dinner the whole family will rave about!
Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken:
What's not to be crazy about? A sauce like this is crazy simple to make with ingredients you most likely already have at home. I even use dried basil here to accommodate those of us that aren't always able to find fresh basil. This is a go to chicken recipe for us right along with our reader fave, Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs! This is honestly a super budget friendly recipe (thighs are typically cheaper) and uses a lot of pantry/fridge staples. The sauce is SO GOOD I could honestly drink it! It's a simple mixture of tomato sauce, cream, parmesan and seasonings but it's so silky and delish! The best part is, this chicken comes together in 30 minutes with hardly any prep and you can serve it with whatever you have on hand!
I really love this chicken in particular because you can easily customize and change up simple things to make it your way!
Tomato Basil Chicken Recipe Notes:
- This makes a really good amount of sauce! Serve it with rice, your favorite pasta, mashed potatoes or just a side of green veggies to keep it lighter.
- I use heavy cream to make a nice rich sauce. If you want to keep it little lighter, feel free to use half and half instead.
- Use chicken breasts or thighs! I use skin on thighs because I think they have a great flavor. You can use chicken breasts instead if you want. Keep in mind that they will generally cook through faster than thighs. Keep an eye on them so that they don't dry out.
- If you want A LOT of sauce, you can double the sauce ingredients, and even add a couple of extra chicken thighs too.
- This sauce is really best with freshly grated parmesan if possible. If all you have is bagged/shaker parmesan you can use it just keep in mind that the sauce won't be quite as smooth.
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Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken
- Season the chicken breasts on both sides with the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning.
- Heat one Tablespoon of olive oil and one Tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium high heat.
- Add the chicken skin side down and cook for 5-6 minutes, without turning. Flip the chicken and cook for an additional 5 minutes.
- Remove the chicken to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
- Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook, stirring for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
- Stir in the tomato sauce, heavy cream, parmesan, and basil. Bring to a simmer, return chicken to pan. Cover and cook over medium low heat for 5-7 more minutes, until chicken is cooked through.