Creamy Basil Chicken

    40 minutes

    If jars of pimentos or red peppers are not available purchase them bulk from the deli section in the supermarket or from a delicatessen. Simply slice as this recipe directs.

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    Serves: 4 

    • 4 tablespoons any low fat milk milk
    • 3 tablespoons dried breadcrumbs
    • 4 (150g-200g) skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets
    • 50g butter
    • 1/2 cup (125ml) chicken stock
    • 1 cup (250ml) double cream
    • 125g jar pimento or red capsicums, drained and sliced
    • 3 tablespoons grated Parmesan
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
    • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

    Preparation:15min  ›  Cook:25min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Place milk and breadcrumbs in separate shallow bowls. Dip chicken in the milk then coat with breadcrumbs. In a frying pan over medium heat melt the butter. When foaming subsides, fry the chicken fillets on both sides for 6-8 minutes or until the juices run clear. Remove from frying pan and keep warm.
    2. Add the stock to the frying pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Stir to loosen browned bits from pan base.
    3. Stir in the cream and pimentos, simmer and stir for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to a simmer and add the Parmesan cheese, basil and black pepper. Stir until heated through. To serve, pour the sauce over the chicken.
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    Altered ingredient amounts. Very good, but I made a few changes: I pounded out the chicken a bit for quick even cooking: I dipped the chicken in egg instead of milk; I added chopped garlic while the chicken was cooking and to the sauce; I used single instead of double cream; and I used more chicken stock and less cream to cut some of the fat. I stuck with the original recipe for the most part - it is really very good!  -  18 Jul 2008


    Something else. This is really good. Unfortunately I made some changes to the recipe to suit our tastes (hence the 4 star rating). I pounded out the chicken breasts for even cooking and added extra fresh garlic. I added just a splash of dry white wine. Fabulous over some pasta. Will definitely make again. Thanks for the post.  -  18 Jul 2008


    Altered ingredient amounts. Here are my modifications: I cut my chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, fried them in butter with 4 cloves of minced garlic. I also added broccoli and I substituted single for the double cream, used 2 tsp dried basil, doubled the sauce and added a little cornflour to thicken it. I served it over fettucine. Overall, it was family liked it a lot, but personally, I thought it was more work than I like (frying the chicken, then setting it aside, grating the parmesean, etc.) I imagine it would be very good with fresh basil and maybe some fresh tomatoes (nice summer dish)  -  18 Jul 2008

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