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creamy tomato and basil chicken in a skillet

Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken

This creamy tomato basil chicken recipe has tender chicken and plenty of garlic in a delicious fresh tomato and basil cream sauce.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword creamy tomato basil chicken, tomato and basil chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 357 kcal
Author Natasha Bull


  • 2 large chicken breasts cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • Flour for dredging
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 3/4 cup heavy/whipping cream
  • 1 medium tomato chopped
  • 1 dash Italian seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil sliced thin/chopped


  1. Cut the chicken in half lengthwise so you have 4 thinner cutlets. Sprinkle them with the garlic powder and salt & pepper. Coat the chicken in flour.

  2. Add the oil and butter to a skillet over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add the chicken and cook it for about 4-5 min/side until the chicken is nice and golden. Remove the pan from the heat, and take the chicken out of the pan and set it aside.

  3. Add the garlic, Dijon mustard, and chicken broth to the pan and return it to the heat. Let it bubble for about 30 seconds, while stirring to scrape up the brown bits from the bottom of the pan and incorporate the mustard.

  4. Add in the cream, tomatoes, Italian seasoning, and basil. Once it starts to bubble, add the chicken back in and cook it for another 5 minutes or so (sauce will thicken up a bit and the chicken will cook through). You may need to reduce the heat if it's boiling too furiously. Season with extra salt & pepper as needed. You can serve this dish with some parmesan cheese grated over top if you wish.

Recipe Notes

  • I do not recommend subbing the heavy cream for half-and-half or milk; the sauce will end up thinner and likely curdle due to the high heat and acidity of the tomatoes.
  • Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary and Salt & Lavender makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.
Nutrition Facts
Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 357 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 13g81%
Cholesterol 141mg47%
Sodium 236mg10%
Potassium 545mg16%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 1086IU22%
Vitamin C 8mg10%
Calcium 46mg5%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.