Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce

Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce

This is a very favorite recipe that I got from my friend Charisse. I made this chicken in basil cream sauce for my parents once and my Dad said this was the best chicken he had ever had!  It is so good.  Whenever we are having company over for the first time, this recipe is right at the top of the “impress our guests” list!  The chicken is pan crusted in italian bread crumbs, and the basil cream sauce that you pour over the top is to die for!  In fact, I now use the cream sauce in a lot of other recipes, it is so much better than any sauce you make with a can!

Chicken in Basil Cream Sauce
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup Italian bread crumbs
  • 4 chicken breasts cut into halves (8 pieces)
  • ¼ cup margarine
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 cups whipping cream
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ⅛ tsp pepper
  • 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
  1. Optional: I like to pound and flatten the chicken out a little so it cooks evenly throughout.
  2. Place milk and bread crumbs in seperate shallow bowls. Dip chicken in milk, then coat with crumbs. In a skillet over medium heat cook chicken in butter until browned on both sides. Remove chicken from skillet and keep in a 9x13 pan in the oven on warm.
  3. Add chicken broth to skillet and stir to loosen up browned bits from pan. Stir in cream, basil, and pepper and bring to a boil. Turn heat to low and whisk in parmesan cheese. Pour sauce over the chicken and serve.


      • It would alter the recipe significantly to leave it out. That is a main part of the sauce. You could try substituting cream cheese or skinny cows if you are wanting a lower calorie version.

  1. Looks yummy! I will definitely have to make this. Great blog and I am happy to be a new follower :)

  2. Looks yummy! I will definitely have to make this. Great blog and I am happy to be a new follower :)

  3. This looks delish! The cream sauce looks very elegant on top of the breaded chicken breast. This is a great dish to serve to company – I bet it would be impressive.

  4. I just made this for my husband and two boys. We all loved it! Thanks for the great recipe. Btw, found you on Pinterest.

  5. I made this for dinner tonight and it was DELICIOUS! I didn't have whipping cream so I just used 1 cup of milk in the sauce. It tasted really good! I can just imagine how amazing it tastes made with whipping cream. I can't wait to make this again!

  6. This is a favorite dish in our home now. Even my pickey eaters devour it. Its pretty easy and taste like a million dollars. Thank you so much.

  7. Can’t wait to try this..all thr recipes I have read sounds so good..glad I found you new to this

  8. I made this over the weekend. It was a hit with everyone, Said I could make it anytime. Easy to follow directions :)

  9. I subsstituted bread crumbs with ground pecans. I also used butter instead of the margarine. This was delicious. Everyone loved it. Will certainly make it again.

  10. Have made this a few times with roaring success! Fantastic recipe. The only thing we do different is serve it over Fettuccine noodles. The sauce is phenomenal for it!

  11. I need to try this – looks very yummy!! I make meatballs in cream sauce that I LOVE!!!
    Nice blog with great recipes!!

  12. This is my absolute FAVORITE dish! But I need to run 10 miles afterwards or I’ll gain so much weight! Lol I can’t get enough of it!

  13. This is fantastic. I’ve made it probably three or four times now. I have to admit that adding garlic takes this to an entirely new place! So delicious.

    • Italian seasoning. :) you can actually find it already mixed. Or sometimes I just add dried basil, oregano, and parsley to taste.

  14. I made this last night. In lieu of the whipping cream, I used greek yogurt (its pretty much my go-to substitution for any cream of any type) and i thought it was DELICIOUS that way. It probably doesnt have the same flavor as was intended with the original recipe but YUM! Rave reviews! Definitely making this again.

  15. Oh, my stars. This is as wonderful and delicious as I thought it would be when I read the recipe. Such an elegant, yet easy dish. This is going into the regular dinner rotation.

  16. Made this chicken dish for dinner tonight, it was delicious! The chicken was so tender, my husband LOVED IT! Many thanks!

  17. Can I make this with thighs instead? My family doesn’t care for chicken breasts. Obviously I couldn’t pound them though.

  18. Can’t wait to try the recipe, but can you please clarify if you cook the chicken all the way through in the skillet? The instructions say to just “brown it on both sides”. Thanks!

    • Yes, the chicken cooks in the skillet and is just kept warm in the oven while you make the sauce. I like to place each chicken breast between two pieces of wax paper and pound with a mallet so the chicken breasts are all about the same thickness before I cook it in the skillet or fry pan. As you brown it on both sides on medium, the chicken will cook thoroughly. Thank you for your question and for visiting our site!

  19. I made last night and topped fried chicken with sauce. It was great. Gravy (sauce) over fried chicken is an old Southern tradition and this is a nice alternative to chicken gravy. Next time I will try over boneless-skinless chicken thighs.

  20. I added a teaspoon of flour to thicken it up. I also added chopped mushrooms to the sauce and boiled it for a few minutes to cook them. I served it with French green beans and some ‘sauce-dippin’ bread.’ Both the chicken and sauce were outstanding! My new boyfriend loved it! The best way to a man’s heart…LOL.

  21. How many servings does this make? It’s just me and my husband and we’re pretty bad at eating leftovers.

    • It feeds about 4 to 6 people, if you weren’t wanting leftovers I would definitely half the recipe.


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