I have a folder that I keep printed off recipes and recipes from newspaper clippings. It’s a pretty thick folder, and I hope one day I will be able to work my way through each recipe. Some of these recipes I’ve had for years, and the recipe for The Best Tomato Basil Chicken is one of these that I come back to time and time again. Why?
Because it is a DIVINE combination.
I cannot remember where I got this recipe, but please know I assure you it is EASY. DELICIOUS. QUICK. 5 STAR.
Chicken, basil, tomatoes, garlic, butter, olive oil, salt and pepper, and parmigiano reggiano as garnish.
I count 9 simple, basic ingredients to put together the most AMAZINGLY DELICIOUS meal. Served over pasta it is pure perfection.
I do not know the author of this recipe for The BEST Tomato Basil Chicken, but would love to give credit to the author! If anyone ever sees this and knows the author please please let me know who it is so I can give them full credit for this absolutely amazing dish!
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Tomato Basil Chicken
- 2 chicken breasts
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups tomatoes chopped fresh
- 2 ts garlic minced
- 4 tbsp butter
- 1/2 cup fresh basil chopped or hand torn
- parmesan grated, for garnish!
- Season chicken breasts with kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper. Add a couple of tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to your skillet. This may seem like quite a bit, but it will form the base for the sauce.
- While waiting for the oil to heat up, go ahead and get your water going for the pasta. When the oil is HOT, add the chicken breasts. After about 4-5 minutes, the chicken breasts should be ready to turn. By the way, when did chicken breasts get SO HUGE?! You'll want to cook them on the second side another 4-5 minutes, or until the juices run clear when you pierce them with a small sharp knife. You don't want to OVER cook them, or they will be dry and tough. If you pounded yours out thinner, they will cook faster than this.
- After the second side has been cooking for about 4 minutes, go ahead and add in the fresh tomatoes that you have chopped up. Next, add the fresh basil that you have chopped into ribbons, the cold butter, the minced garlic, and you will probably want to add some more salt and black pepper to season the sauce. Now give it all a good stir so all those flavors will marry together.
- When your chicken is "done," turn the sauce down on the lowest setting to keep it all warm until the pasta is cooked, which should be any minute now. At this point, if still waiting for the pasta, you can remove the cooked chicken to a cutting board, and after resting just a couple of minutes, cut the chicken into slices on the bias.
- Divide the pasta among individual bowls, and top each with half of a chicken breast, sliced into pieces, and equal portions of the tomato basil sauce. Top with more fresh basil and freshly grated parmesan cheese.