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Creamy Basil Chicken For A Quick Dinner

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Creamy Basil Chicken
We all love the taste of chicken with creamy sauce. To make it light and preserve the flavour, the herb basil goes well with chicken. Basil and chicken in a creamy gravy is a great dinner idea. This creamy non vegetarian dish is also a very easy recipe.

First of all, chicken spiced with basil is shallow fried. So, this chicken recipe takes little time and is not as fattening as deep fried chicken. The cream sauce for the chicken can be prepared separately and just poured over the crisply fried basil chicken.

Ingredients For Basil Chicken In Cream Sauce:

Chicken breast pieces 4

Mushrooms 8 (diced) optional

Onion 1 (chopped)

Fresh cream 1 cup

Basil leaves 10 to 15 (crushed)

Pepper powder 1 teaspoon

Pesto sauce 1 teaspoon

Flour 2 tablespoons

Butter 3 tablespoon

Salt as per taste:

Procedure For Fried Basil Chicken:

Make small but deep incisions of the chicken. Run salt, pepper and crushed basil leaves on the chicken pieces.

Melt butter in a pan. Then roll the chicken pieces in flour and shallow fry on medium heat.

Cover the pan and let it cook for 10 to 12 minutes on low flame. You can also add the mushrooms.

Keep turning it after every 4-5 minutes so that the chicken pieces are evenly cooked.

Procedure For Cream Chicken Sauce:

Melt butter in a shallow pan. Saute the onions in it till they turn golden.

Now add pepper and some pesto sauce to it. You can also add a few twigs of fresh basil.

Whip the fresh cream in a bowl until it is frothy. Pour the cream in to pan. Stir to mix well.

Add half a cup of water and let it bubble for a while. When the consistency is right, pour the sauce over the fried chicken pieces.

The entire process of making fried basil chicken and the cream chicken sauce takes less than 15 minutes. Do you have other quick dinner ideas using similar ingredients?

Story first published: Monday, April 23, 2012, 18:03 [IST]
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