This Stovetop Tomato Basil Chicken is a flavorful weeknight meal you can make all summer long. You can cook and puree fresh tomatoes from the garden, or make it a little more simple with a store-bought sauce. Browning the chicken in butter is what gives it that perfect crispy exterior while locking in all of the juices.

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Stovetop Tomato Basil Chicken

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 3 to 4 servings

Stovetop Tomato Basil Chicken


  • 3-4 chicken thighs or breasts
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning, divided
  • salt and pepper to taste,
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup packed basil leaves, finely chopped


  1. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning and salt and pepper to taste. Add chicken to pan and cook 6-8 minutes on each side or until cooked through and lightly browned. Transfer chicken to a plate and cover with foil.
  2. Add garlic to pan and sauté 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add tomato sauce, remaining Italian seasoning, chopped basil and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and allow to simmer 5-8 minutes.
  3. Transfer chicken back to pan and cover with sauce. Serve hot.

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