Baked Citrus Chicken With Basil Cream Sauce

Total Time
Prep 20 mins
Cook 40 mins

Luxurious cream and fresh basil together create an elegant dinner with just a few ingredients.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Cut 4 very thin slices of 1 lemon.
  3. From remaining part of lemon squeeze 3 tbsp of juice into a bowl.
  4. Slice other lemon into 8 wedges.
  5. Using your fingers loosen skin from breast but leave attached.
  6. Carefully slip 1 lemon slice & 1 basil leaf under skin.
  7. Season chicken with Salt & Pepper and place in a baking dish. (treated with cooking spray).
  8. Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes or until skin starts to turn golden.
  9. Meanwhile, whisk cream, honey mustard, 3 tbsp of lemon juice and garlic together.
  10. After 20 minutes pour over chicken.
  11. Scatter lemon wedges around chicken.
  12. Bake 20 more minutes basting occaisionally.
  13. Meanwhile, finely chop rest of basil.
  14. When chicken comes out of oven transfer meat to serving platter and stir basil, salt & pepper into sauce.
  15. Spoon sauce over chicken.
Most Helpful

These ingredients create a delicious dinner IF you have good cooking instincts. This recipe is swiss cheese! (full of holes!) Still, I was looking for a baked chicken preparation for a luncheon crowd of 60 women, and this was perfect. Not too expensive. Not too time consumptive in preparation. Beautiful presentation.<br/>But don't attempt if you follow a recipe exactly. Read it now. Where's the basil in the cream sauce?

Samantha Hatvany April 24, 2014

This is luxurious. It's rich, creamy and light as at the same time. I couldn't find fresh basil, but I did find the "tube" basil and it worked wonderfully. I served it with wild rice and steamed broccoli. Simply wonderful and easy.

Heather Schaming March 06, 2010