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Garlic Basil Chicken with Tomato Butter Sauce

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Garlic Basil Chicken with Tomato Butter Sauce! Perfectly tender chicken, summery tomatoes, fresh basil, and lots of butter. We’re singing praises at this amazing and utterly simple combo.

Garlic Basil Chicken with Tomato Butter Sauce? This real food recipe only requires 7 simple ingredients: chicken, pasta, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, basil, butter. SO good.

Today’s post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes! I’m super excited to be using their new European Style Super Premium Butter in this recipe because, um, Tomato Butter Sauce? Yeah.

Welcome, welcome, friends!

And may I introduce you to what may be my new favorite way to eat chicken? It’s that beauty right up there, the one coated in the buttery garden-fresh tomato sauce featuring a few leaves of summertime basil and the aroma of freshly minced garlic. Yes, THAT is how I eat chicken.

To be honest, I always feel a little hypocritical posting chicken recipes, because you already know how I really feel – a lot of the time I’m only so-so on this very regular white meat which is supposedly everyone’s favorite thing ever. But I guess that means that when I actually do post chicken recipes, you kindred chicken-meh spirits out there can join with me in knowing that there are at least a few good ways to make chicken that do indeed exist in the universe. Where my kindred chicken-meh spirits at?

On the flip side of kindred spirits, this summer I *think* I might have officially joined the ranks of People Who Garden by no kindred association whatsoever – more by sheer determination and a lot of luck.

And my entrance into the club really depends on if you can count plants that were purchased from a grocery store and/or plants that have shriveled and completely died since being in your care. It also depends on if your definition of Garden has a quantity cut off, because we’re working with about (count em) 1-2-3-4-5 single plants this summer.

But if you’ll have me, Gardeners, I’ll happily join you, because look at what came OUT OF THE GROUND FROM A SEED in my very own little backyard box. 🏆🏆🏆

Garlic Basil Chicken - you won't believe that this easy real food recipe only requires 7 ingredients like basil, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, and butter. |
Garlic Basil Chicken - you won't believe that this easy real food recipe only requires 7 ingredients like basil, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, and butter. |
Garlic Basil Chicken - you won't believe that this easy real food recipe only requires 7 ingredients like basil, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, and butter. |

Okay, the tomatoes in those last pictures are actually not from my garden, but they ARE from my neighbor’s garden and they ARE the ones I used for this recipe. My own Roma babies are still, well, honestly, I just can’t bring myself to pick them yet. Newbie problems.

If you are the neighborhood gardener who leaves drop-offs of perfectly garden-ripe produce on your neighbors doorsteps, I want to talk to you about moving into my hood. We live in a great neighborhood with lots of charming, adorab– fine, I’ll stop. You don’t have to move here.

But this is truly how I received my tomatoes last week – the neighborly doorstep drop-off – and those tomatoes made me this dinner that made me like chicken for one night. That is some big time neighborly love right there.

That is also some big time butter-ly love.

Tomatoes. Olive oil. Garlic, basil, and butter.

Garlic Basil Chicken - you won't believe that this easy real food recipe only requires 7 ingredients like basil, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, and butter. |

On your marks, get set, go.

Garlic Basil Chicken - you won't believe that this easy real food recipe only requires 7 ingredients like basil, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, and butter. |
Garlic Basil Chicken - you won't believe that this easy real food recipe only requires 7 ingredients like basil, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, and butter. |

Hallelujah and glory be, this tomato-butter-garlic basil chicken combination was so utterly simple and perfect.

The LAND O LAKES® European Style Super Premium Butter, as we talked about before, is just plain everything. The ingredient combination here is so simple that you must must must make sure every ingredient is high quality to the point of CAN’T NOT HAVE IT. The tomatoes, the basil, the garlic – they must shine, and using a really high quality butter (made from sweet cream and churned for a higher percentage of fat) is the way to do it.

And if you’re into butter and you’re into Instagram, I have the perfect thing for you: the Land O Lakes Instagram account which showcases all the amazing ways to use the golden child of all the butters.

I am really just getting impatient for you to experience this end of summer perfection, so please experience it a-sap. I don’t mean to limit this recipe to end-of-summer months only, but. But but but. It’s going to be the best when you use the extra-ripe tomatoes that your neighbor dropped off on your doorstep or the explosion of end-of-summer farmers market basil and don’t panic but IT’S ALREADY THE END OF SUMMER.

Thankfully tomatoes are good for a few more months yet, and your basil plants are probably all reaching the end of the line so you’re looking for ways to use up all that fresh basil (please tell me it’s not just me), and this is how you’re going to find yourself, in September, loving September, but savoring the heck out of these last few bites of summer.

Garlic Basil Chicken - you won't believe that this easy real food recipe only requires 7 ingredients like basil, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, and butter. |
Garlic Basil Chicken - you won't believe that this easy real food recipe only requires 7 ingredients like basil, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, and butter. |

Check Out Our Video For How To Make Our Garlic Basil Chicken with Tomato Butter Sauce:

Three More Summer Tomato Pastas

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Garlic Basil Chicken in a bowl with spaghetti.

Garlic Basil Chicken with Tomato Butter Sauce


Garlic Basil Chicken – you won’t believe that this easy real food recipe only requires 7 ingredients like basil, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, and butter.


Units Scale
  • 1 lb. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 56 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • one handful fresh basil, loosely packed, cut into ribbons
  • 1/4 cup LAND O LAKES® European Style Super Premium Salted Butter
  • 8 ounces pasta, like spaghetti, linguine, or bucatini


  1. Cover the chicken with plastic wrap and pound each piece to an even thickness, about one inch or so in the thickest parts (this just helps it cook faster and more evenly). Remove the plastic and sprinkle each piece of chicken generously with sea salt and freshly ground pepper.
  2. Prep the tomatoes, garlic, and basil and set aside. Make the pasta according to package directions.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large heavy skillet until a drop of water sizzles across the top. Add the chicken and pan-fry for several minutes on each side – the goal here is to get the chicken cooked AND get a nice browning on the outside. When the chicken is done, set aside.
  4. Give the oil a few minutes to cool, add the tomatoes, and return to heat (if you add the tomatoes to the hot oil it will be a splatter-fest). Simmer to cook the tomatoes down into a chunky-sauce-like-mixture. Add the garlic and butter and stir to combine until the butter is melted. Add the chicken back in to soak in the sauce for a few minutes.
  5. Just before serving, stir in the basil. Top servings of pasta with the chicken and the sauce.



You can see the picture to see how much basil I used. I pulled all those leaves off, ribbon-ed them, and added them in! It was probably about one cup, loosely packed, but go by taste. If you’re not huge on basil, start with less.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: garlic basil chicken, tomato butter sauce, basil chicken

Pinch of Yum has partnered with Land O’Lakes for an exclusive endorsement of LAND O LAKES®  European Style Super Premium Butter. This post is sponsored by Land O’Lakes.

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Lindsay these are the most stunning tomatoes I have ever seen!!! And your photography makes me drool & dream! Wish I was your neighbour and this is like heaven in a bowl!

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      They are beautiful tomatoes Lindsay….I was tempted to put that in all caps but held myself back. And thank you for posting a chicken recipe…..honestly, we eat chicken almost every single night because that’s what my kids like. And I’m so boring that I can never think of how to prepare it. So like the electric slide (can you tell I was at a wedding this weekend!) you have spiced up my life.

      More garden pics in the future please =)

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        I realize this thread is a few years old so I don’t know if I’ll get a response but I’m hoping. My husband went a little nuts growing tomatoes this season and to say I have a extra hundred would be an understatement!! I’m looking for recipes so these wonderful yummy tomatoes don’t go to waste. With that I’m in the states and I’ve looked everywhere for this European butter by land o lakes and I can’t find it. Is it that superior to regular land o lakes butter? I want to try the recipe can I use regular butter or do you know of another similar to the European version?

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    Can I leave out the basil. I don’t like it or any herbs to be honest.
    I’d rather have it on mashed potatoes.
    What is written after the amount of butter. Do you think you can give me the amount in grams, or even ounces if you have no choice. I have no idea what a 1/4 or 1/2 a cup of butter is.
    Otherwise it sounds delish.

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      Hi Judy and everyone
      My daughter is also not a huge fan of basil so I had two servings one with and the other without. She just loved it!

      We don’t always get Roma tomatoes here in NZ; instead I used truss tomatoes and this was yum! The dullness of colour didn’t do any injustice to the deliciousness of the dish!

      Thanks Lindsay! I wanted to give 5 star to this recipe but the fifth star looks inactive

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    My poor sad little #fail of a basil plant this year maaay just be able to squeak out enough leafy-Ness for this recipe and I can’t think of a better cause for its passing

    And giiiiirl…those photos!!! which lens did you use for the one with the two cute ‘maters on your plant?! It is like captivating…I want that in a frame

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    I have made a similar dish for years. My gran taught me when I was 13. She would bread the chicken. However, when I was in my 20’s I stopped doing that. She and I use a little lemon for briteness. Also, we used bone in chicken and cut off the bone. And a touch of pasta water if needed. This is a very good recipe. I think.

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    Tomato butter sauce with basil chicken goodness? You mean that’s a thing and I can shovel it into my face for dinner tonight? And by shovel, I really just mean face plant…because that is what this deliciousness calls for!
    And those tomatoes are GORG! I am jealous of your gardening ways, but congrats!! Pinned!

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    I am very meh towards plain chicken breast. Rotisserie whole chicken? Yes please. Chicken thighs? OMG give me more. But plain white meat chicken? Ugh if I have to.

    That being said, sometimes I want a simple meal of chicken breast, sauce, and a side for convenience sake. But I am absolutely not OK with that meaning I’m sitting down to bland, flavorless, dry chicken. It needs to be saucy. It needs to be juicy. It needs to be full of flavor.

    This recipe really fits all of those requirements and everything comes together so quickly. A perfect weeknight meal.

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      Hi Meg – if you pound the breast and then pan-fry it in the oil+tbsp of butter, you’d be surprised how moist, tender and juicy the white meat turns out. Fry it just until golden-brown color and then when you return it to the pan later, it will cook for another few minuted to a perfection. Hope you try it and enjoy it 🙂

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    Oh man – tomato butter sauce sounds amazing and that chicken – forget about it!

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    Psst…looks like someone has a new favorite bowl! This looks amazing btw! Pinned.

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    If we measure gardeners, especially new ones by their success or failure, no one would be a gardener.

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    Lindsay, if you want to understand why chicken is so ‘meh’, read the book, The Dorito Effect. When you get through with that you’ll understand. I can tell you that over my lifetime the flavor of chicken has changed greatly. I made something with thighs last week, which I always disliked because the flavor was so strong, and now I’d never know it was thighs had I not bought and prepared them. Basically they have no flavor any more.

    Welcome to the world of gardening. I’m sure you’ll get better at it. I started at a very young age, and have no idea whether or not I succeeded at the endeavor the first few years. Even for those of us who have been doing it for a lifetime, it can be frustrating. I’ve never been the greatest vegetable gardener. But it’s fun seeing what you can do.

    I’m looking forward to trying this chicken recipe at some time in the foreseeable future.

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    I am not the meh-chicken person in our house. That would be the Mister but I am always trying something to tempt him to the other side. This looks deliciously tempting! He was saying I need to smoke a chicken so he could have some Alfredo. I think we may try this instead. What do you think?

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    I figured that if you have shared a meal with chicken in it on here, then it must be good! I love the way that sauce is sticking to the noodles – it’s gotta be from the butta!