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Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken

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  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Tender chicken breasts. Creamy tomato sauce bursting with flavor. Crunchy, tasty kale. All in one skillet!


  • 1.5 lbs chicken breasts ( 2 large), cut in half lengthwise
  • Salt, as needed
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 cup half & half 
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, plus more for serving
  • 4 cups kale, ribs removed, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tablespoons basil leaves 


  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  • Cut each chicken breast in half lengthwise. Season with salt and ground black pepper on both sides.
  • Add the chicken to the skillet and sear until golden and cooked through (165°F|74°C), about 5-6 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.
  • In the same skillet, add the garlic and red chili flakes, and cook until just fragrant, about 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the tomato sauce and half & half.  Bring to a gentle simmer and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the Parmesan cheese and kale, stirring until kale is wilted, about 3 minutes.
  • Return the chicken back into the skillet and cook further for 1 minutes. 
  • Garnish with basil leaves and extra Parmesan cheese if desired. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Category: Chicken recipes
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 450.64kcal
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Sodium: 954.17mg
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated Fat: 7g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.44g
  • Fiber: 4.06g
  • Protein: 35.62g
  • Cholesterol: 107.59mg