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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Chicken Breasts with Tomato-Basil Sauce

Recipe updated February 2015

Simple chicken breasts are easy to dress up in a little fresh, flavorful sauce that comes together in a food processor—no cooking required. Fresh tomatoes and balsamic vinegar give it a rich, slightly sweet flavor, and fresh basil finishes it with an inviting floral essence.

Serves 4

  • 16 grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped shallot
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped basil leaves
  • sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 4 6-oz boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • flour, for dredging
Sauce Ingredients
  1. Combine the tomatoes, garlic, vinegar, shallot, and mustard in a mini food processor. Process until smooth.
  2. With the motor running, gradually add the extra virgin olive oil and process until combined. Transfer to a bowl and stir in the basil. Season with salt and pepper and let stand while the chicken cooks.
Tomato Mixture Ready to Process
Blended Tomato Mixture 
Tomato-Basil Sauce
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons olive oil, swirling to coat.
  2. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dredge in the flour, shaking off excess. Add to the skillet and cook until just cooked through, 6-7 minutes per side, depending on thickness. (Add a little more oil if the skillet becomes too dry.) Transfer to a plate and let rest 4 minutes.
Chicken Beginning to Cook 
Cooked Chicken
Serve the chicken breasts with the sauce spooned on top.

Chicken Breasts with Tomato-Basil Sauce

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