Friday, June 17, 2011

Chicken Breast w/Basil Cream Sauce & Zucchini Ribbons


I had no real plans to make a main dish to blog about  today but as you know sometimes plans are useless. Two phrases have been playing themselves over and over in my head for more than a week now, 1.) zucchini noodles (ribbons) and 2.) basil cream sauce. I finally gave in to these two phrases today. And now I wonder why it took me so long!! I loved it!!

I did not grow up eating zucchini or growing it in the garden and all I ever knew people made with it was bread or bars or cake, etc. But 7 years ago I learned that zucchini doesn't need to be hidden in sugar and flour but can actually take the place of pasta. WOW!! and YUM!!

About a week ago our neighbor man came over with a box of lettuce AND a box of zucchini that he had picked up at the produce auction for almost nothing and asked if I want some. I said sure I'll take a few. Oh no he replied you have to take THE WHOLE BOX!! of BOTH! Oh! Okay...So I shared a bunch of it with other neighbors and decided I'm going to have to make some of the above.

I think this would make a beautiful Summer casserole for a potluck, with the chicken resting on a bed of zucchini ribbons with the lovely cream sauce over top. ☺

I found the recipe for the cream sauce in a cookbook from a local church but didn't have some of the ingredients so I adapted it a little using fresh red pepper instead of pimentos and the chicken in the original recipe was to be dipped in milk and bread crumbs but to cut out a few calories I nixed that.

Here it is folks:

1 chicken breast half, cut in half horizontally
Sea Salt
2 Tablespoons butter

1 6 inch zucchini
1 Tablespoon olive oil
Sea Salt
freshly ground black pepper

¼ cup chicken broth
½ cup whipping cream
1-2 Tablespoons sweet red pepper, diced fine
¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 Tablespoons minced fresh Basil
fresh ground black pepper, to taste

I had some chicken in the fridge that I had salted yesterday so that was perfect. It is not a must to have this done a day ahead but it does wonders in bringing about a super tender end result.

Cut zucchinni into strips with a veggie peeler. Set aside.

Melt the butter in a frying or saute pan and add the chicken pieces.

Fry for several minutes on each side till they are nicely browned. Remove from pan and keep warm. (I put mine on a plate, covered them, and put them in the oven @ 200°). Add broth to the same pan, bring to a boil and scrape the browned bits loose from the bottom of the pan.

Stir in cream and red peppers.

Boil for 1 minute. Reduce heat. Add parmesan cheese, basil, and pepper.

Cook and stir till heated through. Keep warm.

In a seperate pan saute the zucchini ribbons in olive oil until tender, this does not take long, and season with salt and pepper.

Put onto a serving plate and top with chicken and cream sauce. Serve immediately. Let your tastebuds sing!!

It took me about 20 minutes to make these two servings.

Good things are meant to be shared and since my children that were at home with me today had had their lunch already I sat and ate it in solitude, but I did call my MIL and inquire whether she had her lunch yet. She had not and so I brought her the other serving. I think it took the place of the egg she was going to eat quite nicely! ☺☺

Be Blessed!!

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  1. What a wonderful combination! Never heard of zucchini ribbons. This looks delicious.

  2. This looks like such a delicious recipe - lovely flavors - I know this will be a hit in my house.
    Mary - I just signed up to follow you!

  3. it WAS delicous! thanks for the intro to this dish - it fits very well into our food plan! :)

  4. This is awesome...I'm always looking for chicken recipes that are different. We are so tired of the same old thing. Love that you used basil and zucchini. I have used zucchini as the noodles in lasagna is quite delicious! Thanks for sharing...~Ann

  5. Oooh, I can't wait to try the zucchini ribbons. Those sound fun. (The chicken sounded to die for, but half my house is allergic to dairy.) :(

  6. This looks so delicious! By the middle of the summer everyone is giving away zucchinis and I can't wait to try this!

  7. I just found this via TT and J and the recipe sounded so good that I made it right away for dinner. You're right, it was delicious!!! I would never have thought of the zucchini ribbons - so fun and so good!! I added a little bit of white wine to the starch, plus corn starch to thicken it a little bit. Oh, and I didn't have any chicken, so I just increased the pepper and added some frozen peas and ate it vegetarian. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Oh, boy, both of these dishes sound fabulous!! Will have to work them into my summer rotation...mmmmmmm.

  9. Yum!! Thanks for sharing this at Savory Sundays! It looks great!!

  10. Looks yummy. I bet it's rich with that whipping cream in it.

    Tracy Screaming Sardine

  11. I needed a good chicken recipe and this fits the bill! Looks and sounds so yummy!

  12. Oh, and I am your newest follower. Can't wait to check out your other recipes!

  13. That looks like a great dish. Thanks for sharing the recipe :)

  14. Wow! It looks and sounds so yummy! Great recipe...thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  15. I love everything about this dish!

  16. This is a beautiful dish! The zucchini ribbons look so nice on the plate and the cream sauce sounds heavenly.
    Thanks for sharing this with Garden Variety Wednesday!

  17. That recipe looks fantastic. Great post.

  18. YUM!! I did zucchini noodles a few weeks ago and also made a zucchni "noodle" lasagna that was wonderful as well. The basil cream sauce sounds so yummy and easy

  19. This sounds delicious! Definitely on the menu in the near future!


  20. What an ingenious way to use zucchini! Thank you for linking to Handy Man, Crafty Woman Wicked Awesome Wednesday!

  21. Thanks so much for linking up again to Made it on Monday!

    This looks & sounds wonderful!

  22. Everything about this dish sounds incredible and I love the idea of the zucchini ribbons!

    Thank you for being a part of "A Little Birdie Told Me..."!


  23. Thanks for sharing your tasty recipe with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you come back and visit us tomorrow.
    Thanks again.
    I hope to see you there!

  24. This chicken dish looks fabulous!! We would love it if you came over to our blog hop and posted this recipe and any other chicken recipes you have. This week's theme is CHICKEN

    Hope to see you there!!


  25. Hi - thanks for directing me to your recipe. I am going to bookmark it. Your zucchini ribbons look just as easy as the spiral slicer.

  26. This looks AMAZING!!! I just pinned it!

    I would love it if you would link up your recipe at our What I Made Wednesday Party @ Sweet Peas and Bumblebees


  27. We are featuring your recipe tomorrow at a start of another What I Made Wednesday Party! Come and join us and grab a button!

    Sweet Peas and Bumblebees