Chicken Breasts with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce

I saw this recipe on Epicurious and I couldn’t wait to make it.  I love how light, healthy, and fresh this recipe tasted.  The chicken was moist and tender and the tomato herb pan sauce was so flavorful.  I adapted the recipe to suit my families tastes and we all loved it.  I served this chicken with Brown Rice with Grilled Vegetables for a healthy and flavorful meal.

Combine the butter with the basil, parsley, oregano, and minced garlic together in a small bowl.

Trim any fat from your chicken breasts.  Cut them in half then place them between two pieces of plastic wrap.  Using a mallet, pound the chicken breast until they are 1/2 inch thick.  Season each side of the chicken with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat.  Once the pan is hot, add a bit of the butter, then add the chicken breasts (you may have to cook the chicken in batches – don’t over crowd the pan).  Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown, then flip over and cook for 2-3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.  Remove from the pan and place on a platter covered with a tin foil tent.

Add the tomatoes to the pan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper.  Cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes start to burst, about 5-7 minutes.  Add the remaining herb butter to the pan along with the chicken broth.  Cook, stirring constantly for a few minutes while you crush some of the tomatoes slightly to release the juices.  Taste the sauce and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, if needed.  Place the chicken back into the pan to re-heat for a minute before placing them on serving plates.  Spoon sauce evenly over the top of each piece of chicken.  Serve immediately.  Enjoy.

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Chicken Breasts with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce

Yield: 4

Prep Time: 10 min.

Cook Time: 15 min.

Total Time: 25 min.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter, room temperature
1-2 small garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 tsp fresh basil, chopped
1 1/2 tsp parsely, chopped
1 tsp fresh oregano, chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 skinless boneless chicken breasts, cut in half, pounded thin
2 cups mixed grape tomatoes
1/4 cup of chicken broth

Directions:

Combine the butter with the basil, parsley, oregano, and minced garlic together in a small bowl.

Trim any fat from your chicken breasts. Cut them in half then place them between two pieces of plastic wrap. Using a mallet, pound the chicken breast until they are 1/2 inch thick. Season each side of the chicken with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Once the pan is hot, add a bit of the butter, then add the chicken breasts (you may have to cook the chicken in batches - don't over crowd the pan). Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until golden brown, then flip over and cook for 2-3 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Remove from the pan and place on a platter covered with a tin foil tent.

Add the tomatoes to the pan and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper. Cook, stirring often, until the tomatoes start to burst, about 5-7 minutes. Add the remaining herb butter to the pan along with the chicken broth. Cook, stirring constantly for a few minutes while you crush some of the tomatoes slightly to release the juices. Taste the sauce and season with sea salt and freshly cracked pepper, to taste, if needed. Place the chicken back into the pan to re-heat for a minute before placing them on serving plates. Spoon sauce evenly over the top of each piece of chicken. Serve immediately. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking.net
Original recipe inspired by Epicurious

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26 Responses to “Chicken Breasts with Tomato Herb Pan Sauce”

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    Lia — June 6, 2012 @ 12:13 am

    Hi Pam,
    Amazing recipe. It look so fresh, clean and delicious!
    Cheers,
    Lia.

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    Carmen Rosa — June 6, 2012 @ 1:53 am

    Yum! What a wonderful idea.. and it just looks so summery!!
    Chears,
    Carmen Rosa

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — June 6, 2012 @ 2:35 am

    What a colorful dish you got going here. I absolutely love all the flavors in this, and it’s so great that this is light and hearty!

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    Blog is the New Black — June 6, 2012 @ 2:40 am

    Love all the fresh, simple ingredients!

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    Larry — June 6, 2012 @ 2:46 am

    Looks bright and delicious Pam and we have all or the plant items growing in the garden.

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    Martha — June 6, 2012 @ 2:59 am

    colorful, healthy, and reasonably fast! Looks and sounds delicious!

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    Kitchen worktops guy — June 6, 2012 @ 3:39 am

    Every single flavour in this sounds like it would come together perfectly to create the best combination with chicken ever.

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    Anazar — June 6, 2012 @ 3:56 am

    Great ingredients!! Yummy!

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    Kim in MD — June 6, 2012 @ 4:54 am

    I love this recipe! It’s simple, but the combination of flavors are delicious!

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    Jenn's Food Journey — June 6, 2012 @ 5:28 am

    The sauce is gorgeous! I love that the tomatoes aren’t cooked to mush (I seem to do that more times than not!!) – they hold their form a bit and look amazing!

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    gloria — June 6, 2012 @ 7:03 am

    Ahh Pam what lovely look this! I love this recipe!

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    Lynda — June 6, 2012 @ 7:12 am

    What an amazing dish Pam. I love the vibrant colors and healthy twist-can’t wait to make this.

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    bellini — June 6, 2012 @ 7:44 am

    It does look incredible !!!!

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    rejosh — June 6, 2012 @ 11:48 am

    it looks great…

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    Melissa Likes To Eat — June 6, 2012 @ 5:49 pm

    So simple yet looks so fancy! I love meals like that!

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    Just One Donna — June 6, 2012 @ 5:56 pm

    I love the fresh simplicity of this recipe. Yum!

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    Joanne — June 6, 2012 @ 6:46 pm

    I would definitely fall in love with the fresh flavors in this also!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — June 6, 2012 @ 6:56 pm

    This looks amazing. I love the herbs and the garlic; which I am sure made for a great tasting chicken breast.

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    minnie(thelady8home) — June 6, 2012 @ 7:01 pm

    That looks gorgeous! And delicious! I love basil garlic combo.

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    Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook — June 7, 2012 @ 5:55 am

    Love this, chicken with fresh tomatoes. Looks delicious!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — June 7, 2012 @ 7:02 am

    Delicious! I love the simple pan sauce and the fresh tomatoes.

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    Chris — June 10, 2012 @ 6:22 am

    Pinned and stumbled!

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    Chicken - from essential to exotic | Smart Living Blog — June 12, 2012 @ 7:05 am

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    Laura — July 5, 2012 @ 4:09 pm

    Yum! My husband and I both loved this healthy meal!

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    Jennifer — July 25, 2012 @ 7:42 am

    Let me start by saying I NEVER cook as my husband is an amazing cook but ever since I found your site and subscribed, I have been kicking it up a notch! My husband thanks you! In regards to this recipe, I had to tweak a few things (herbs, b/c store didn’t have any believe it or not when I was there, but it still came out amazingly delicious. I cannot wait to make something else tonight!

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