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Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken Skillet

A quick chicken dinner for tomato soup fans.

If you happen to be a fan of creamy tomato soup, you’re going to love this simple skillet meal! See, it’s basically chicken that’s been simmered in a tomato soup-like sauce so that it’s infused with that lovely flavor. It’s a quick and healthy meal that also happens to be delicious, and I think we can all agree that we always need more of those.

You won’t believe how fast this comes together. You’re going to start by searing your chicken breasts, but you don’t need to cook them all the way through at this point – the sauce will take care of that.

While they’re getting some color on them, you make the “tomato soup” component, which is just a matter of blending together some tomatoes, chicken broth, heavy cream, garlic, and fresh basil until it’s smooth.

That goes into the pan along with some sliced cherry tomatoes and everything simmers until the chicken is moist and tender and imbued with that creamy tomato flavor.

It’s a quick dinner – it’ll take you around twenty minutes to make – but it’s a super yummy one. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’s looking for that very combination on so many busy weeknights!

Serves 4

5m prep time

15m cook time

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 (15 oz) can crushed tomatoes or 7 Roma tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 10 basil leaves, plus more for garnish
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch, optional
  • Kosher salt & freshly ground, black pepper
  1. Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, heavy cream, garlic, and basil leaves to a blender and process until smooth. Add to pan and bring to a simmer.
  4. Add chicken back to pan along with cherry tomatoes, cover, and reduce heat. Let simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. If a thicker sauce is desired, stir cornstarch into 1 tablespoon cold water and then stir into sauce. Sauce will thicken as you simmer.
  6. Serve with torn fresh basil leaves and enjoy!

Recipe adapted from The Whole Cook.

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