Chicken Breast with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce – one of the best ways to cook chicken breast! The chicken comes out moist and juicy every time, say good-bye to dry chicken! The sauce is so good: roasted garlic and sun-dried tomatoes combined with cream, shredded cheese, and just the right amount of spices (basil and crushed red pepper)!
I love easy recipes, and this one is no exception. You’ll start by roasting minced garlic with sun-dried tomatoes in the oil (you can use the oil from the jar with sun-dried tomatoes):
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Then, you will remove sun-dried tomatoes and garlic from the skillet, leave some oil in and cook the chicken breasts until they are done and no longer pink in the center:
Remove the chicken from the pan, return sun-dried tomatoes and garlic and make the creamy sauce, per recipe directions. Doesn’t it look delicious, already?
Return completely cooked chicken breast to the pan (with the creamy sauce) and warm up the sauce and the chicken! Voila, the most flavorful and moist chicken breast is ready for you!
1 small jar (6 oz) sun-dried tomatoes in oil, or use 6 oz fat-free sun dried tomatoes
2 tablespoons olive oil (either from the jar of sun-dried tomatoes, or just use olive oil)
paprika (just a little bit)
2 large chicken breasts, halved horizontally (about 2 lb)
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup milk
1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded
salt and pepper, to taste
1 teaspoon basil (if using dry basil), if using fresh basil you can add more
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (at least, add more to taste)
Note: if using sun-dried tomatoes in oil (in a jar), make sure to drain sun-dried tomatoes from oil, before using them. Reserve 2 tablespoons of this drained oil for sauteing as described below:
In a large pan, on medium heat, saute garlic and sun-dried tomatoes (drained from oil) in 2 tablespoons of oil (reserved from the sun-dried tomatoes jar - see note above) for 1 minute until garlic is fragrant.
Remove sun-dried tomatoes and garlic from the pan, leaving the oil, and add chicken breasts, halved horizontally, salted and lightly covered in paprika (for color) and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes on each side. (that will make 4 flatter chicken breasts, as you can see on the photos above). Cover the pan with the lid, remove from heat, and let the chicken sit, cooking in its own juices, with heat off, until completely cooked through and no longer pink in the center.
Remove chicken from the skillet. Chicken could have released juices - in my case it was 1/2 cup of juices. Remove the juices from the skillet, to avoid greasiness.
To the same skillet (from which you removed the chicken and the juices), add 1 cup of heavy cream, bring to boil, add 1 cup of mozzarella cheese, immediately reduce to simmer, constantly stirring to melt the cheese. Add 1 cup of milk gradually, whisking until nice and smooth, while on simmer. Add back sun-dried tomatoes and garlic. Add basil and crushed red pepper - mix to combine. Add cooked chicken breasts. Reheat until warm.