Spicy Sun-Dried Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce and Pan-Seared Chicken

Updated: Oct 13



My sister, Kelly, gave me this recipe. It’s so flavorful without having a long list of ingredients and a long cook time.


Ingredients:


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (1.5-2 lbs)

  • Salt and pepper

  • 1 ½ TBSP olive oil 

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained and roughly chopped

  • ¾ teaspoon hot pepper flakes

  • ¼ cup white wine

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • ¼ cup thinly sliced, fresh basil


Directions:


I recommend pounding the chicken so each piece is the same thickness and cooks evenly.


Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Sear the chicken on each side until golden brown (about 3 minutes per side). Transfer cooked chicken to a plate. If there is too much oil left in the pan, drain most of it off.


Sauté minced garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, and hot pepper flakes in the pan. Stir constantly preventing burning (about 1 minute). Add white wine and stir, scraping the brown bits from the bottom with a wooden spoon. Let it come to a boil (about 2 minutes). Add the chicken stock. Once it comes to a boil, add the chicken and its juices back into the pan (I like to cut each breast in half first for quicker cooking) and lower the heat to a simmer.


Cover the pan with a lid and let the chicken cook through (about 4-5 minutes). Again, transfer chicken to a clean plate and cover with foil. Add basil and cream to the pan and simmer for a few more minutes. 


Transfer sauce to a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. 


Taste and reseason with salt and pepper if needed.


Drizzle sauce over chicken and serve.


Cook’s notes:


Like any good Italian-American, I think most dishes are good over pasta. If you decide to put this chicken recipe over pasta, I suggest doubling the recipe for the sauce. Also, if you want the sauce a little thinner, just thin it out with a little more chicken stock or cream.



Spicy Dried Tomato-Basil Cream Sauce



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