Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken Recipe

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Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken Recipe – This delicious Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken recipe with savory chicken, sauce and zucchini cooks in one skillet in 30 minutes for a family favorite meal!

Basil topped chicken breast with sauce atop zucchini noodles

There are so many things to love about this recipe. It is made with less than 10 ingredients, most of which I keep on hand in the pantry. It uses one skillet to cook the entire recipe. I have it on the table in 30 minutes or less. But my favorite thing about this dish is how absolutely delicious it is. It is definitely a family favorite dish!

Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken

There’s just something special about making meals that you know your family will love. But like everyone, time is of the essence around my house. We have those normal busy family schedules that I’m sure most of you have as well. Thankfully, recipes like this are simple and fast enough for the busiest of weeknights, while still being comforting and delicious!

The ingredients make all the difference. Starting with delicious ingredients, preparing them with care, and coaxing the most flavor out of every dish is key to me. And this dish is one that certainly does all that!

Brown edge serving plate holds zucchini noodles with seasoned chicken breast

This Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken is super quick and easy to make and uses ingredients you most likely have on hand. Here’s how I make it.

Chicken breasts sprinkled with seasonings and herbs are cooking in a skillet

How to Make Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken

I start by sprinkling both sides of my boneless, skinless chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and about 1 teaspoon of the basil.

While I enjoy using fresh basil much of the time, I used dried ground basil in this particular recipe. You can definitely use fresh basil but I made this recipe with dried seasonings most people will have in their pantry.

Once I have the chicken seasoned, I heat about 2 tablespoons of my olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Once it has heated, I add my chicken and cook it on both sides to make sure it is slightly browned and cooked through. When the chicken is done, I remove it to a plate and set aside.

Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken Recipe - This quick and easy, one skillet Garlic Basil Chicken recipe comes together quickly for a fresh, delicious meal the whole family will love! Made with less than 10 ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes! // addapinch.com

I reduce the heat to medium-low and let the skillet cool down for just a minute or so before adding the remaining olive oil, the tomato sauce, butter, garlic, and about 1 tablespoon of the basil. I love to scrape up any of the browned bits from the chicken that may be on the skillet as I’m stirring together my sauce.

Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken Recipe - This quick and easy, one skillet Garlic Basil Chicken recipe comes together quickly for a fresh, delicious meal the whole family will love! Made with less than 10 ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes! // addapinch.com

Once I have the sauce well combined, I add back in my chicken. I love to top it with another bit of the basil and then cover the skillet and let it continue to cook while I prepare my zucchini pasta.

To serve, I portion my zucchini noodles into individual bowls, spoon on a bit of the garlic basil sauce, top it with chicken and garnish with more basil.

Overhead photo of Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken with grinder of basil in background

The flavor is absolutely amazing! You’ll be so pleased with how simple and quick it is to make this dish!

Side shot of skillet garlic basil chicken in serving bowl

Here’s my Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken Recipe. I hope your family loves it as much as mine does!

Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken Recipe

5 from 2 votes
Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken Recipe – This delicious Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken recipe with savory chicken, sauce and zucchini is made in one skillet and ready in 30 minutes for a family favorite meal!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 3-4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons dried basil
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato sauce
  • ¼ cup salted butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 medium fresh zucchini, spiralized or shaved

Instructions 

  • Sprinkle both sides of the chicken generously with salt, pepper, and about 1/2 teaspoon of the basil.
  • Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Add the chicken, and cook for several minutes on each side until browned on both sides and cooked throughout. Remove the chicken from the skillet onto a plate and set aside.
  • Add the remaining olive oil, tomato sauce, butter, garlic and about 1 tablespoon of the basil and stir to combine until the butter is melted. Return the chicken to the skillet, top with about 1 teaspoon of the basil, cover and cook a few more minutes.
  • Portion zucchini noodles into individual serving bowls. Spoon on some of the Garlic Basil Sauce and top with chicken and remaining basil.

Nutrition

Calories: 377kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 986mg | Potassium: 1067mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1088IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Enjoy!
Robyn xo

Skillet Garlic Basil Chicken Recipe - This quick and easy, one skillet Garlic Basil Chicken recipe comes together quickly for a fresh, delicious meal the whole family will love! Made with less than 10 ingredients and ready in less than 30 minutes! // addapinch.com

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16 Comments

  1. Erin H says:

    I’ve got a lot of fresh basil to use (my basil plant has gone crazy this summer). Any recipe adjustments for using fresh versus dried?

  2. Carmen says:

    5 stars
    Thanks ¡¡¡
    It is really amazing
    I always use what it is available in the fridge, so it goes well with pasta, or rice, or boiled potatoes.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      So happy you enjoyed it, Carmen! Thanks so much! xo

  3. Theresa says:

    is there anyway to print the comment part of this recipe?I do find it very helpful,but it just takes to much time to copy.

  4. Nikki says:

    This looks so good and healthy!!

  5. Mylyn Javellane says:

    5 stars
    This is a great recipe thank you so much for sharing it

  6. Ruth says:

    I love chicken dinners and this looks delicious to eat. I would love to try it sometime!

  7. Judi Johnson says:

    Do you use a special kitchen tool to spiralize your zucchini? Yours looks like spaghetti~ I have an apple peeler from Pampered Chef, would that work? This looks so delish~

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Judi,
      I do have a spiralizer that I use to make my zucchini noodles. To make these, I used a this handheld one.

    2. Judi says:

      Thank you Robyn~ I will be sure to buy one. You have the BEST blog out there!! ….Jus saying 🙂

  8. Tonya says:

    So I use zucchini noodles a lot in place of noodles. I usually sauté them. I was kind of shocked that it doesn’t show to cook the zucchini in this recipe. Has anyone tried this? How does it taste uncooked.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Tonya,
      I actually prefer to use zucchini noodles that are raw, but you absolutely can saute them if you like! xo

    2. Tonya says:

      Thanks Robyn. That’s the only way I’ve ever tried them. Maybe one day I’ll try them raw.

  9. Carmen says:

    Is the zucchini raw or sauté.

    1. Robyn Stone says:

      Hi Carmen,
      I left it raw but you can certainly saute it if you prefer.

    2. Kay says:

      I often leave them raw. The sauce usually heats it enough.

      This sounds great.