Fried Basil Chicken

    50 minutes

    A great way to serve chicken breasts - over rice with a fragrant herb sauce. Frying fresh basil in olive oil really brings out the flavour!

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    Serves: 4 

    • 1/3 cup olive oil
    • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
    • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
    • 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
    • 1 cup (250ml) white wine
    • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
    • 2 bay leaves
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground dried thyme
    • 2 cups (500ml) water
    • 1 cup (150g) uncooked long grain rice
    • 250g cherry tomatoes, halved

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Heat oil in a large frypan over medium-high heat. Cook basil in oil until it begins to get crispy and has a strong basil smell; this will take several minutes. Scoop basil out of oil with a slotted spoon and drain on paper towels.
    2. Remove half of the remaining oil from the pan. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper to taste and brown in oil; this should take about 4 minutes per side.
    3. Stir in chicken stock, wine and balsamic vinegar. Season with bay leaves and thyme. Cover and simmer over low heat until chicken is done and sauce is reduced; this should take about 25 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine water and rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook for 20 minutes.
    5. Place halved tomatoes in the pan with the chicken, cover and simmer until the tomatoes are warm. Spoon chicken pieces, tomatoes and sauce over rice and garnish with fried basil.

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    Amazing! Totally elegant in presentation and flavor they'll never guess how quick and simple it was to make. It makes the house smell wonderful too. I LOVE it with the basil. To avoid a "hay" taste be sure to fry the basil to BRIGHT GREEN and NOT DARK GREEN or Black! I'm updating because I have made this several times now and tonight the grocery store did not have any fresh basil. I bought a bag of prewashed baby spinach and fried it instead and then added 2 teaspoons of dried basil to the sauce as I was cooking it. It was just as good and the baby spinach is about half the price or less than the basil. Also definately don't try making this with anything but real grape tomatoes. Their sweet unique flavor is what really does it for this dish. AND COOKING WINE! My store was out of cooking wine and I tried using a medium dry white and YUCK!!!  -  02 Aug 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    DELICIOUS!! Restaurant quality dish! and I couldn't believe how incredibly easy!! The whole family LOVED this!! I used chicken thighs instead of breasts (we prefer dark meat)and followed the recipe exact. The chicken was super tender and full of flavor! As others said, the only problem is this doesn't call for enough rice. Double the rice to 2 cups, serve with some fresh steamed broccoli and you've got yourself an incredible meal!! This is a must try!! Thanks for the wonderful recipe Amanda!!  -  22 Sep 2004  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Great dish, the whole family enjoyed it. I thought it was a little sour for my taste, though, so if I did it again, I think I'd put a little less wine and vinegar, and perhaps some onions for some sweetness.  -  04 Jan 2005  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)