Deep-frying fresh basil in olive oil really brings out its flavor! The chicken is simmered in white wine with thyme, bay leaves, and sweet grape tomatoes. Garnish with fried basil and serve over rice to sop up every last bit of the flavorful juices.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook basil in oil until it begins to get crispy and has a strong basil smell; this will take several minutes. Scoop basil out of oil with a slotted spoon, and drain on paper towels.

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  • Remove half of the remaining oil from the pan. Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper to taste, and brown in oil; this should take about 4 minutes per side. Stir in chicken broth, wine, and balsamic vinegar. Season with bay leaves and thyme. Cover, and simmer over low heat until chicken is done and sauce is reduced; this should take about 25 minutes.

  • In a small saucepan, combine water and rice. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and cook for 20 minutes.

  • Place halved tomatoes in the pan with the chicken, cover, and simmer until the tomatoes are warm. Spoon chicken pieces, tomatoes, and sauce over rice, and garnish with fried basil.

Nutrition Facts

651 calories; 24 g total fat; 128 mg cholesterol; 417 mg sodium. 43.7 g carbohydrates; 51 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2006
Amazing! Totally elegant in presentation and flavor they'll never guess how quick and simple it was to make. It makes the house smell wonderful too. I LOVE it with the basil. To avoid a "hay" taste be sure to fry the basil to BRIGHT GREEN and NOT DARK GREEN or Black! I'm updating because I have made this several times now and tonight the grocery store did not have any fresh basil. I bought a bag of prewashed baby spinach and fried it instead and then added 2 teaspoons of dried basil to the sauce as I was cooking it. It was just as good and the baby spinach is about half the price or less than the basil. Also definately don't try making this with anything but real grape tomatoes. Their sweet unique flavor is what really does it for this dish. AND COOKING WINE! My store was out of cooking wine and I tried using a medium dry white and YUCK!!! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/08/2005
We love the flavour of fresh basil but did not care for the flavour of the fried basil..it almost had a 'hay' taste to it?? Will make this again but will not fry the basil but will add at the end! Also felt like there was way too much broth. Read More
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68 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 37
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2006
Amazing! Totally elegant in presentation and flavor they'll never guess how quick and simple it was to make. It makes the house smell wonderful too. I LOVE it with the basil. To avoid a "hay" taste be sure to fry the basil to BRIGHT GREEN and NOT DARK GREEN or Black! I'm updating because I have made this several times now and tonight the grocery store did not have any fresh basil. I bought a bag of prewashed baby spinach and fried it instead and then added 2 teaspoons of dried basil to the sauce as I was cooking it. It was just as good and the baby spinach is about half the price or less than the basil. Also definately don't try making this with anything but real grape tomatoes. Their sweet unique flavor is what really does it for this dish. AND COOKING WINE! My store was out of cooking wine and I tried using a medium dry white and YUCK!!! Read More
(46)
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2006
Amazing! Totally elegant in presentation and flavor they'll never guess how quick and simple it was to make. It makes the house smell wonderful too. I LOVE it with the basil. To avoid a "hay" taste be sure to fry the basil to BRIGHT GREEN and NOT DARK GREEN or Black! I'm updating because I have made this several times now and tonight the grocery store did not have any fresh basil. I bought a bag of prewashed baby spinach and fried it instead and then added 2 teaspoons of dried basil to the sauce as I was cooking it. It was just as good and the baby spinach is about half the price or less than the basil. Also definately don't try making this with anything but real grape tomatoes. Their sweet unique flavor is what really does it for this dish. AND COOKING WINE! My store was out of cooking wine and I tried using a medium dry white and YUCK!!! Read More
(46)
Rating: 5 stars
09/22/2004
DELICIOUS!! Restaurant quality dish! and I couldn't believe how incredibly easy!! The whole family LOVED this!! I used chicken thighs instead of breasts (we prefer dark meat)and followed the recipe exact. The chicken was super tender and full of flavor! As others said the only problem is this doesn't call for enough rice. Double the rice to 2 cups serve with some fresh steamed broccoli and you've got yourself an incredible meal!! This is a must try!! Thanks for the wonderful recipe Amanda!!:) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2005
Great dish the whole family enjoyed it. I thought it was a little sour for my taste though so if I did it again I think I'd put a little less wine and vinegar and perhaps some onions for some sweetness. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2005
Apart from the extremely weird basil garnish - which does indeed have a distinctly grassy taste - this was a really tasty really easy meal. I wasn't sure whether or not to keep the skin on the chicken so I took the healthier option and removed it. I was making 2 servings but I used a whole can of low sodium fat-free chicky broth and simmered the breasts in it turning them every 5 mins or so. I omitted the wine because I only had cheap plonk and I know from experience that that sort of crappola adds nothing good to a dish. Great recipe. Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/07/2005
We love the flavour of fresh basil but did not care for the flavour of the fried basil..it almost had a 'hay' taste to it?? Will make this again but will not fry the basil but will add at the end! Also felt like there was way too much broth. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2008
OH MY!!! I'm a 25 year old guy who doesn't cook much and I managed to pull this one off!! It is absolutely to die for and easy to make!! Phenominal taste! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2004
This was very good. I had a lot of fresh grape tomatoes from my garden that I used and it was excellent. I used boneless skinless chicken breast instead of chicken halves and it was super tender. I will definately make again and I am anxious to serve for company. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2005
This was great! Chicken is best when it is simmered in liquid sauce becuase it will not dry out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/30/2004
This recipe was excellent. The fried Basil and balsamic vinegar gave the chicken a wonderful unique flavor. I replaced some of the rice water with the extra chicken broth from the can and also added the extra Basil oil from the pan to keep it from sticking and give it a little extra flavor. I would suggest using more rice as one cup didn t make enough for everyone. I excluded the tomatoes because I didn t have any on hand and didn t miss them at all. The fried Basil made for a grand presentation. Rave reviews from everyone. Thanks for sharing your recipe Amanda. I ll definitely be making this one again! Read More
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