Chicken and Basil-Pepper Cream Sauce

"I got this recipe long ago from another site and DH and I have made this many times over the years. It has a really nice creamy flavor."
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  • In a large pot of boiling water, cook pasta until just tender. Drain well.
  • Meanwhile, in a large nonstick skillet, heat 2 tsp of oil until hot, but not smoking over medium heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring until browned, about 5 minutes.
  • With a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a plate.
  • Add the remaining 1 tsp oil to the skillet. Add the roasted peppers and garlic, and cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Stir in the broth, 1/2 cup of the evaporated milk, basil, salt, and black pepper and bring to a boil.
  • Reduce to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 3 minutes.
  • Transfer the mixture to a food processor and process to a smooth puree.
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/4 cup evaporated milk with the cornstarch.
  • Return the basil-pepper puree to the skillet along with the chicken and cornstarch mixture.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring, until the sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 minute.
  • Toss the sauce with the hot pasta. Sprinkle parmesan over and serve.

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  1. honeycrisp
    I enjoyed it. However, I felt it needed something more. Add cayenne pepper!
  2. Andrea in NH
    I had some Basil to use up and this dish did the trick. The pepper sauce was very tasty and a nice change from a tomato sauce. No need to change a thing in this recipe.
  3. EppiRN
    This was very flavorful and easy to make! I followed directions as listed, except used twice the amount of basil, since I had extra. Also used fat-free evaporated milk (and didn't puree completely smooth) with great, creamy outcome! I Thanks. A keeper!!
  4. Andreadmb
    We really enjoyed this dish. Even my 1 and 3 yr old kids gobbled it up! I undersalted it a bit and had to use dry basil as I had no fresh. I can see where fresh basil would be better for the flavor and color of the dish. I also like the idea of adding onion as one reviewer noted so I will do that next time. Definitely a keeper!
  5. Sageca
    This was an amazing recipe. I love rose sauce and it was without the tomatoes. I did add 1 small chopped onion as well as a chopped shallot. Anyone looking for creamy smooth low fat great tasting sauce this is it. I will be making this one again.Thanks for posting.The only thing I had a problem in was the order of the ingredients. I wanted to post a picture of the sauce because I made it in the AM;then another with the pasta;I wish I would have had fresh basil to add tho the pic. but mine was frozen. I made this for WT4 and give it 10 stars. Rita


  1. ElleFirebrand
    This was a great weeknight recipe. I kept it pretty much as is, except that we served it over spaghetti instead of a shaped pasta. It seemed to lack flavor for me. Next time I might use fat-free half and half instead of evaporated milk for a richer flavor. Next time I will also add some onions and maybe some crushed red pepper for heat. Thanks for sharing. Made for ZWT 4.


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