Chicken In Basil Cream Sauce

My husband took my boys on an overnight camping trip for our church’s father-and-sons outing leaving me home alone with my baby girl. I can’t remember the last time I was alone in my house. It was a little weird. The house felt so quiet. I guess the quiet was an early Mother’s Day present.

I was stuck in between wanting to do a million things I needed to get done and just lounging on the couch doing absolutely nothing. The house was begging to be cleaned so I did that first and it actually stayed clean for more than ten minutes. I soaked the cleanliness in for a while then Gracie and I headed out shopping.


It was a much needed break from the marathon of responsibilities as a mother. It gave me a chance to recharge and the distance made me miss my boys. They came back reeking of campfire smoke with remnants of s’mores smeared on their clothes and their smiling faces. I asked them what their favorite part about camping was and they said seeing an alligator while canoeing. True story…yikes.

They’re funny. I missed them.

I would love if someone made this Chicken In Basil Cream Sauce for me for Mother’s Day (*wink*). The chicken all by itself is go-ood. But I guarantee that you will be licking this creamy sun-dried tomato basil sauce off your plate.
Chicken In Basil Cream Sauce
Chicken In Basil Cream Sauce
Prep Time
22 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time
22 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Christy Denney
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup dried Italian bread crumbs
  • 4 skinless , boneless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 clove garlic (1/2 teaspoon minced)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes , chopped
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Place milk and bread crumbs in separate, shallow bowls. Make sure your chicken breasts are thin. I usually buy chicken from Costco and the breasts are really thick so I fillet each breast in half lengthwise so they are thinner. You can also pound your breasts with a meat mallet to make them thinner.
  2. In skillet, heat butter to medium heat. Dip chicken in milk, then coat with crumbs. Cook chicken in butter, on both sides, until juices run clear (about 10 minutes). Remove and keep warm.
  3. Add the garlic to the pan and cook for 30 seconds over medium heat. Add the chicken broth to the skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, and stir to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in cream and sun-dried tomatoes; boil and stir for 1 minute. Reduce heat.
  4. Add Parmesan cheese, basil and pepper. Stir sauce and cook until heated through. Remember that for a thicker sauce all you have to do is cook it longer. I like my sauce on the thick side so I cooked it for a while (3-5 minutes).
  5. Serve chicken with sauce poured over the top.
Recipe Notes

adapted from Allrecipes


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  1. This sounds awesome. I’m pinning it.

    Boy do I remember those days of cleaning the house and having it stay that way. That was prior to a dog, a cat, a husband, two kids and a baby. Ha! I’m glad you got the chance to recharge.

  2. This sounds amazingly good! I am all about basil cream sauce.

  3. I’m really loving the look of that sauce – so many great ingredients in there!

  4. Being a mother make our head think about what to do every single moment but to be able to chill would be more fun 🙂

    The sauce look so yummy. Maybe I should try soon. Thanks!

  5. I have to admit I love me some father-and-sons weekend camping trips (love my boys…but have to admit it’s a nice break when my husband takes them all camping!). Glad you enjoyed the weekend with your sweet little girl – this chicken looks delicious and might be the perfect thing to hint to my husband to make next Sunday. 🙂

  6. Congrats on getting some alone time 🙂 This chicken sounds absolutely to die for… and you just reminded me that I need to set up my herb garden!

  7. Oh that just looks delish. I hoep your husband is reading this blog post and you get a chicken dinner 🙂
    I miss the smell of campfires.

  8. Have you ever made this with half and half vs. heavy cream? We are going to Maui in about 2 months and I’m hitting the treadmill and trying to watch what I eat.

    Also, congrats on the time alone. Last night my husband took my 2 teenagers to see “The Avengers”, leaving me in the house alone. Cereal for dinner, reading magazines…..bliss.

  9. Mmm…that sauce looks so great! Do you think it could work for seafood?

  10. I’m makin this…for sure! OMG!

  11. A nice creamy sauce over some crunchy breaded chicken? Yum!

  12. Father and sons outing is one of my favorite nights of the year. We only have one girl, and she is the oldest, so it really is so fun to do girl stuff and then wake up late in a quiet, clean house.

    I can already tell that this chicken and sauce is going to become one of my favorite dinners. It sounds so good!

  13. I made this for dinner, except poured the sauce over pasta. I made a little extra to make sure I had enough. All three kids lapped it up. Tasty!

  14. Just made this for dinner tonight- it was delicious!!! Thanks for posting!

  15. Hubby just made this for supper tonite, we had it along with Basmati Rice and roasted asparagus. It was AWESOME!!! THANK YOU for posting this.

  16. What are your thoughts about substituting the heavy cream with plain Greek yogurt? Would you change the amount?

  17. @Jess,
    Oh geez…I’m not sure how yogurt cooks down. Shoot. I have no idea if it would work. Sorry.

  18. I made this last weekend and my family went crazy for it. I knew I would love it, but I suspected that the creamy sauce mixed with the little red bits would be off-putting for a sometimes picky five and seven year old. I couldn’t have been more wrong. In fact, they were ticked when they finished quickly what was on their plates and were upset that there was no more left and demanded I make it again this week!

  19. Made this tonight. Was seriously good. I used a lot more than 3 tbsp of butter while cooking the chicken but the end result was delicious. The sun-dried tomatoes made it.

  20. I only had smoked sun-dried tomatoes so tried those and it was AMAZING! This recipe is awesome! I also didn’t have heavy cream (only whole milk reserved for baby bottles, lol) so used that. It separated a little bit so I used my immersion blender to blend it together and I think I could have drank this sauce. Seriously!

  21. Found this on Pinterest. This meal was so yummy! Love sun dried tomatoes, the sauce was so good. Thanks for the recipe!

  22. I have a whole container of mushrooms I need to use. Do you think sliced mushrooms along with the other ingredients would work well?

  23. @Anonymous,
    I think mushrooms would be amazing in these. I would sautee them with the garlic or before so your garlic doesn’t burn.

  24. Made this for dinner last night and it was so delicious! My boyfriend thought I was TOP chef last night! He practically put the sauce on everything on his plate!

  25. Just made this for dinner yesterday night and it was DELICIOUS! My husband could not stop telling me how much he liked it. Definitely a must cook!

  26. I made it today and everyone loved it. It tastes fantastic.

  27. I made this tonight for dinner and was able to actually impress my husband. You turned me into a chef tonight! It was so tasty.

  28. I made this tonight and we loved it! I had some things on hand to use up, so I ended up using a sprinkle of dried basil and parsley and cut up about a half cup of fresh tomato instead of buying sun-dried. It was still incredible! Great recipe!

  29. This sauce is the best!!! I was skeptical at first but the end result was great. I read some ones comment about the mushrooms and it taste great with the sauce. We aren’t big fans on sun dried tomatoes. It’s quick easy way to go. I will make this sauce all the time. I will never eat plain chicken again.

  30. My sauce keeps separating! I don’t know what I’m doing wrong – the only thing different from your recipe is I used Half and Half and after I get the last ingredients in and try to get it a little thinker it separates 🙁 Help 🙂

  31. I found this recipe on Pinterest and it is now a family favorite. My husband will requests it and my two year old usually has seconds when I make it. Thank you for sharing this great recipe.

  32. This recipe is delicious! My husband loves when I make this for dinner.

  33. Made this for tonites dinner and that sauce!!!! OMG soooo good! Everyone loved it!!!! Itallian panko crumbs worked great in this. I’m so glad I doubled it….love left overs. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  34. Just made this for my family and they LOVED it! I loved the sauce so much I could just eat it by the spoonful! I’m 18 and learning how to cook, and this was an easy, delicious meal. Thanks so much for the awesome recipe 🙂

  35. WOW!!!! Made this recipe last night, it was absolutely amazing……………………….my husband said it tasted just like a recipe we had at Macaroni Grill. THANK U so much for sharing it.

  36. This meal was SO yummy! The chicken looked and tasted amazing and the sauce was to die for. I think this meal would be really good as a pasta dish as well. Thanks for sharing!

  37. I made this for dinner tonight. Absolutely perfect. I wouldn’t change a thing.

  38. I made this tonight and served it over linguine and seriously we sounded like Bob in “What About Bob?” at the dinner table. (Please tell me other families quote incessantly from that movie at their houses.) Absolutely delicious.

  39. Made this tonight but with half and half instead of cream to make it “healthier.” I also served it over minute rice (made double the sauce) It was wonderful and all my picky eaters ate it up! Thanks so much!

  40. I can’t wait to try this recipe this weekend! My mother’s coming for a visit, and I’ve got lots of basil coming up in my garden, so this will be perfect with mushrooms and a veg.

    Also, thank you for the Print option on each page. It makes integrating your recipes into my repertoire a lot easier. I look forward to trying more of them!

  41. I made this tonight (although I was in a hurry and so I used tilapia instead of chicken) and it was super yummy. We will definitely be having this again–maybe even with chicken! Thanks for the great recipe.

  42. Jessica Desarro says:

    I made these last night and they were FANTASTIC!!! Thank you for the recipe!! Tonight I am making your pork carnitas with lime cilantro rice. Can’t wait!

  43. This recipe is AMAZING. I recently got married and have been trying new recipes instead of using all of my mom’s. I can honestly say that any recipe of yours that I have tried has turned out fantastically! And my husband is a tough cookie to please! Can’t wait to try more and make this again next week!!! haha

  44. My daughter and I made this tonight and it was amazing! We used half and half instead of heavy cream and we added sliced mushrooms in with the sun dried tomatoes, We served it with the copycat recipe for cheesecake factory mashed potatoes and fresh green beans.

  45. I made this for my family…AMAZING! I added mushrooms and artichokes. Can’t wait to make it again!

  46. I stumbled across your website as I was looking for something different for chicken. I absolutely love this recipe as well as my family. It was perfect. Thanks!

  47. Have you ever tried just making the sauce to serve with pasta? Would you suggest doubling the sauce if I am making it to serve as a pasta sauce for 2 people?

    • Christy {The Girl Who Ate Everything} says:

      It doesn’t make a ton especially if you reduce it down and make it thick like I like it so I would definitely double it.

  48. This was very good! I served it with a vegetable casserole

  49. This recipe sounds really good. Thank you!

  50. OMG – This recipe just snapped me out of my cooking funk. I started googling because I’m getting tired of my own cooking – I’m so burned out that cooking has become another chore. I decided to make this, grilled the chicken first, then substituted plain butter for the land o lakes herbs butter and added a little wine to the sauce. My family loved it and asked for more and now I’m so excited to explore your site more and try everything here!

  51. Thank you for sharing!! Tried it tonight… SO delicious! Tastes like Olive Garden 🙂

  52. Yum yum yum!!! I would have to suggest substituting oil for the butter… I used a high heat oil and the chicken did not burn. I have tried making chicken this way before and used butter and the chicken burned before it was done cooking. Very delicious recipe!!!

  53. Thanks for the recipe. Made it tonight, it was delicious.

  54. My husband and I had his grandparents over for dinner tonight and I made this dish. It was amazing!! His grandfather is one of the pickiest eaters ever and he loved it! Directions were perfect. Definitely will be making this again!

  55. Jessie Caskie says:

    Ahh! I pretty much only cook from your site, and this is the best sauce I’ve ever had!!!!

  56. This is absolutely delicious! The entire family loved it, including my one-year-old and three-year-old. Definitely making this again!

  57. I LOVE this recipe. The chicken is so rich and delicious. I made it for my fiancé and me for the first time last week and he requested it again for dinner tonight. This time, I made it with the cashew rice pilaf from another of your chicken recipes. They were perfect together!

  58. Made this for dinner tonight and my husband loved it! Thanks for a new recipe!

  59. after trying so many recipes that were supposedly so good and were so bad I googled true recipes and tried this one last night. It was very good and my family loved it. I’m sticking with true tried recipes for now on!
    After dinner my daughter says the sauce would be really good on pasta! I’m like yes it would and the chicken would be good on it too. So we’re going to try making lots of sauce and then slice the chicken on top of the pasta. Thanks again for the great recipe!

  60. Hi Christy,
    I am enjoying looking over and saving your recipes to try. Your cooking style is much like mine and its nice to have some new twists and ideas on recipes. Thanks for all you share!

  61. Hi Christy,
    I made this dish for dinner tonight and it was a huge success! Our guest loved it and my husband commented how excellent the sauce was over and over.
    I usually use egg with the milk when breaking the chicken pieces, but I now prefer leaving the egg out! It gives it a lighter breading.
    Thanks for sharing your recipes and knowledge. Looking forward to trying more recipes!

  62. One of best sites I found! real recipes!!! real food!! glad to have found you site. Blogs a must!