Creamed Chicken With Fresh Basil & Tomatoes

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This simple and easy creamed chicken recipe included tender chicken cooked in flavorful chicken stock and served with a rich velvet cream sauce and fresh basil and grape tomatoes. 

Plate of creamed chicken.

In my household, we call this creamed chicken recipe velvet chicken, because that rich velvet cream sauce will have you tempted to lick your plate. This is a low-carb and keto recipe that’s the perfect weeknight meal. In fact, it’s ready to serve in under 30 minutes. 

Besides being quick and easy, it’s also super simple and you only need 6 ingredients. This includes chicken breasts, chicken stock, heavy cream, butter, fresh basil, and fresh tomatoes. All you need to do is cook the chicken in a skillet and then add the chicken broth, so it soaks up all that delicious flavor to make the most tender chicken breast possible.

Then we make the low-carb velvet sauce by reducing the chicken broth in the pan and then thickening it with a wonderful heavy cream. I first developed this sauce a few years back for pork chops but since we’ve quit eating pork I adapted it to chicken and was thrilled to find it works just as well.

The final step is to serve the creamed chicken with some fresh basil and tomatoes on top as a garnish. Tomato basil is a popular cream sauce to pair with chicken, so we’re just keeping things fresh this time. It’s the perfect light touch to the rich cream sauce.

If you need some other chicken recipes make sure you try these ones out; BBQ Chicken Breast in Oven, Southern Smothered Chicken, Creamy Chicken Skillet, and Chicken with Sour Cream Gravy.

 

Recipe ingredients

Recipe Ingredients

  • Boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • Chicken broth
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • Salt and pepper
  • Fresh basil and grape tomatoes for garnish

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A plate of chicken with fresh basil and grape tomatoes on top.

How to Make Creamed Chicken

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

Add chicken and salt and pepper. Cook until chicken is golden brown, then flip and salt and pepper again.

Continue cooking until opposite side is golden brown (about 2 minutes on each side).

Pour in the chicken broth, reduce heat to medium and cook until broth is mostly evaporated (about 10 minutes).

Once broth has cooked down, remove the chicken from the pan and turn off the heat, but leave the pan on the stove eye/burner.

Have a wooden spoon handy and pour the cream into the pan. Immediately start stirring and continue until the pan remnants are fully blended in with the cream and cream is warm and thick. This should take just a few minutes.

Plate of chicken with fresh basil and tomatoes on top.

Serve chicken breasts with delicious cream sauce spooned over them.

Garnish with sliced grape tomatoes and fresh basil.

Velvet chicken is so good! I hope you get to try it soon. It is a satisfying dish and a delicious way to liven up chicken.

Storage

  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat either in the microwave or on the stovetop.
  • You can also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months. But just note that cream sauces can split once thawed, but usually come back together once reheated. Thaw leftovers overnight in the fridge before reheating as above.

Recipe Notes

  • For the cream sauce, you can use heavy cream or even half-and-half.
  • You can sub the chicken breasts for skinless chicken thighs. But do note that they might take longer to cook. 
  • Want to add some extra flavor to the creamed chicken?
    • Add a teaspoon or two of your favorite dried herbs and spices: Italian seasoning, garlic powder, onion powder, dried rosemary, and/or dried thyme are some popular options.
    • For lemon cream chicken, add up to 3 tablespoons of lemon juice when you add the cream to the skillet.
    • Add a tablespoon of dry sherry alongside the cream.
    • Sprinkle the chicken with cayenne pepper or paprika before serving for a touch of heat.

Recipe FAQs

How do you serve creamed chicken?

The serving options for this main dish are truly endless. If you want to remain low-carb and keto, keep things as is. If you don’t mind a few carbs with your creamed chicken, here are some options:

Here are more easy chicken supper recipes you might enjoy:

Chicken Broccoli Skillet with Pimento Cheese Sauce

Broccoli and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast

BBQ Chicken Breast in Oven

Southern Smothered Chicken

Creamy Chicken Skillet

Chicken with Sour Cream Gravy

Creamed Chicken

This simple and easy creamed chicken recipe included tender chicken cooked in flavorful chicken stock and served with a rich velvet cream sauce and fresh basil and grape tomatoes. 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, creamy
Servings: 4
Calories: 111kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • fresh basil and grape or cherry tomatoes for garnish

Instructions

  • Melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and salt and pepper them. Cook until golden brown, then flip and salt and pepper again. Continue cooking until the opposite side is also brown (approximately 2 minutes on each side).
    4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves, salt and pepper to taste, 3 tbsp butter
  • Pour in the chicken broth, reduce heat to medium, and cook until the broth mostly evaporates (about 10 minutes).
    1 cup chicken broth
  • Once the broth has cooked down, remove the chicken from the pan and turn off the heat, but leave the pan on the stove eye.
  • Have a wooden spoon handy and pour the cream into the pan. Immediately start stirring and continue until the pan remnants are fully blended in with the cream and the cream is warm and thick. This should take just a few minutes.
    ½ cup heavy cream
  • Serve chicken breasts with delicious cream sauce spooned over them. Garnish with sliced grape tomatoes and fresh basil.
    fresh basil and grape or cherry tomatoes for garnish

Nutrition

Calories: 111kcal
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57 Comments

  1. I love this recipe. I cooked this just for myself, so I had leftovers. I chipped up the chicken, added minute rice and a little more chicken broth. It made a delicious soup!
    Thank you, Christy. We appreciate you.

  2. Hi Christy,
    My sweet hubby and I finally decided to join the KETO crowd. I am SO GLAD WE DID! We’ve both lost 10 pounds in less that 2 weeks. Thanks to your recipes, it’s been easy. We’re having velvet chicken and zucchini fries today. So delicious and a man pleaser. Sure doesn’t feel like we’re on a diet. Thanks for always providing us with sensible, inexpensive and delicious recipes.
    May God bless you and your family.

  3. This looks delicious! We love the velvet porkchops and I am anxious to try this. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. This was so delicious. I’ve only been on the plan for a week and fumbling to find my way. I was so hungry tonight and wanted something fast and easy. This dish was all that and so good. I think I will add mushrooms to it next time. I think the sauce and mushrooms will be a great pairing. Guess I should check the carbs in mushrooms first. 🙂

  5. I made this tonight for dinner!! Outstanding!!! Will make again and adding it to my keto friendly recipes!!

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