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Chicken breasts topped with a cream sauce made with tomatoes, parmesan and basil

Chicken with Tomato Parmesan Sauce

  • Author: Deborah Harroun
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 26 mins
  • Total Time: 36 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Pan seared chicken breasts are topped with a creamy tomato parmesan sauce in this Chicken with Parmesan Cream Sauce that is made in the same pan for an easy weeknight dinner.



  • 2 8-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup cold butter, cut into 46 pieces
  • 3 tablespoons Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded basil


  1. Using a sharp knife, cut open the chicken breasts horizontally, making 4 thinner pieces. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the chicken, and use a meat mallet to even out the thickness to about 1/4-inch thick. Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until browned and no longer pink, 5-6 minutes, flipping once. (You may need to cook the chicken in 2 batches, depending on the size of your skillet. You don’t want to crowd the chicken so that it will brown properly.) Remove the chicken to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  3. Add the chicken broth, onion and tomatoes to the skillet. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the skillet. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to medium and let it simmer until reduced to about 1/4 cup, about 10 minutes.
  4. Pour the cream into the skillet. Start adding the butter, one piece at a time, stirring until completely melted before adding another piece. Once all of the butter is added, stir in the Parmesan cheese. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  5. Serve the tomato parmesan sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle the basil over to serve.

Recipe Notes:

Adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Chicken Dinners 2015

Nutrition information provided is an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should be used as a general guideline.


  • Serving Size: 1 piece of chicken plus sauce
  • Calories: 322
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 402 mg
  • Fat: 22 g
  • Saturated Fat: 10 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 9 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 27 g
  • Cholesterol: 99 mg

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