Mediterranean Medley: Basil-Tomato Chicken Skillet

Journey to the sun-kissed coasts of the Mediterranean with this Basil-Tomato Chicken Skillet. Tender chicken pieces bask in a luscious tomato sauce, heightened by the aromatic embrace of fresh basil. This dish marries simplicity with sophistication, promising a dining experience that's both rustic and refined.

Photo of a skillet filled with Basil-Tomato Chicken, showcasing succulent chicken pieces, glistening in a tomato-basil sauce, adorned with fresh basil leaves, set against a rustic Mediterranean dining backdrop.

Precise Preparation and Cooking Time

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Number of Servings and Ideal Serving Size

  • Yields: 4 servings
  • Ideal Serving Size: A hearty portion ensuring a mix of chicken and sauce.

Essential Nutritional Information

  • Calories: 280 kcal per serving
  • Proteins: 30g
  • Fats: 12g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Sodium: 420mg
  • Fiber: 2g

Ingredients (Measured in Grams)

  • Chicken breasts (diced): 500 grams
  • Olive oil: 30ml
  • Garlic (minced): 10 grams
  • Fresh basil (chopped): 20 grams
  • Cherry tomatoes (halved): 250 grams
  • Salt: 5 grams
  • Freshly ground black pepper: 3 grams
  • Chicken broth: 100ml
  • Grated parmesan cheese (optional): 50 grams

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and sauté until aromatic.
  2. Add the diced chicken breasts to the skillet, seasoning them with salt and pepper. Cook until the chicken is golden brown and fully cooked through.
  3. Add the halved cherry tomatoes and chicken broth to the skillet, allowing the mixture to simmer and the tomatoes to soften.
  4. Once the sauce has thickened slightly, sprinkle in the freshly chopped basil.
  5. If desired, garnish with grated parmesan cheese for an added touch of richness.
  6. Serve hot, ideally with a side of crusty bread or over cooked pasta.
Photo of the cooking process in the skillet, with chicken pieces simmering in the rich tomato sauce, surrounded by halved cherry tomatoes and aromatic ingredients.

Proven Tips for Culinary Success

  • A splash of balsamic vinegar can add depth to the tomato sauce.
  • Pair with a crisp white wine to elevate the dining experience.

Anticipated FAQs

  • Can I use dried basil? While fresh basil is ideal for its vibrant flavor, dried basil can be used in a pinch. Use half the amount when substituting.
  • How do I store leftovers? Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently to preserve the dish's freshness.