Recipe By amanda1432
Published Apr 4th
Prep 15m Cook 35m Additional - Ready In 50m
Servings 4 servings Calories 651

Deep-frying fresh basil in olive oil really brings out its flavor! The chicken is simmered in white wine with thyme, bay leaves, and sweet grape tomatoes. Garnish with fried basil and serve over rice to sop up every last bit of the flavorful juices.

Recipe Ingredients

  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped fresh basil
  • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves
  • salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ½ teaspoon ground dried thyme
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook basil in oil until it begins to get crispy and has a strong basil smell; this will take several minutes. Scoop basil out of oil with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels.
  2. 2 Remove half of the remaining oil from the pan. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper to taste, and brown in oil; this should take about 4 minutes per side. Stir in chicken broth, wine, and balsamic vinegar. Season with bay leaves and thyme. Cover, and simmer over low heat until chicken is done and sauce is reduced; this should take about 25 minutes.
  3. 3 In a small saucepan, combine water and rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.
  4. 4 Place halved tomatoes in the pan with the chicken, cover, and simmer until the tomatoes are warm. Spoon chicken pieces, tomatoes, and sauce over rice, and garnish with fried basil.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 651
  • Carbohydrate 43.7 g
  • Cholesterol 128.1 mg
  • Fat 24 g
  • Fiber 1.7 g
  • Protein 51 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.1 g
  • Sodium 417.1 mg
  • Sugar 1.8 g


  1. OH MY!!! I'm a 25 year old guy who doesn't cook much and I managed to pull this one off!! It is absolutely to die for and easy to make!! Phenominal taste!
  2. Amazing! Totally elegant in presentation and flavor they'll never guess how quick and simple it was to make. It makes the house smell wonderful too. I LOVE it with the basil. To avoid a "hay" taste be sure to fry the basil to BRIGHT GREEN and NOT DARK GREEN or Black! I'm updating because I - Read more ...
  3. Apart from the extremely weird basil garnish - which does indeed have a distinctly grassy taste - this was a really tasty really easy meal. I wasn't sure whether or not to keep the skin on the chicken so I took the healthier option and removed it. I was making 2 servings but I used - Read more ...
  4. This was great! Chicken is best when it is simmered in liquid sauce becuase it will not dry out.
  5. We love the flavour of fresh basil but did not care for the flavour of the fried almost had a 'hay' taste to it?? Will make this again but will not fry the basil but will add at the end! Also felt like there was way too much broth.
  6. Great dish the whole family enjoyed it. I thought it was a little sour for my taste though so if I did it again I think I'd put a little less wine and vinegar and perhaps some onions for some sweetness.
  7. DELICIOUS!! Restaurant quality dish! and I couldn't believe how incredibly easy!! The whole family LOVED this!! I used chicken thighs instead of breasts (we prefer dark meat)and followed the recipe exact. The chicken was super tender and full of flavor! As others said, the only problem is this doesn't call for enough rice. Double the - Read more ...
  8. This was very good. I had a lot of fresh grape tomatoes from my garden that I used and it was excellent. I used boneless skinless chicken breast instead of chicken halves and it was super tender. I will definately make again and I am anxious to serve for company.
  9. This recipe was excellent. The fried Basil and balsamic vinegar gave the chicken a wonderful unique flavor. I replaced some of the rice water with the extra chicken broth from the can and also added the extra Basil oil from the pan to keep it from sticking and give it a little extra flavor. I - Read more ...

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