Creamy Basil Chicken

Asparagus, garlic, and bacon give Creamy Basil Chicken homey goodness. Use leftover chicken to make chowder or even chicken sandwiches.


Creamy Basil Chicken

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Servings: 4
Yield: 4 servings plus additional chicken for Chicken and Wild Rice Chowder
Prep Time: 25 mins
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Ingredients
  • 2   cups 
    sliced mushrooms
  • 2   medium 
    red and/or yellow sweet peppers, cut into strips
  • 1   large 
    onion, sliced
  • 4   ounces 
    cooked bacon, chopped
  • 8   cloves 
    garlic, minced
  • 3   tablespoons 
    quick-cooking tapioca, crushed
  • 8   
    skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (2-1/2 to 3 lb.)
  • 1   cup 
    chicken broth
  • 1/4  cup 
    dry white wine or vermouth
  • 1   pound 
    asparagus spears
  • 1/3  cup 
    whipping cream
  • 1/2  cup plus 2 Tbsp. 
    snipped fresh basil
  • 2   cups 
    hot cooked orzo pasta
  • 2   tablespoons 
    grated Parmesan cheese
Directions
1.
In 5- or 6-quart slow cooker stir together mushrooms, sweet peppers, onion, bacon, and garlic. Sprinkle with tapioca. Place chicken on top of mixture in cooker. Pour broth and wine over all.
2.
Cover; cook on high-heat setting 3 to 3-1/2 hours or low-heat setting 6 to 7 hours.
3.
Meanwhile, snap off and discard woody bases from asparagus. Cut into 2 to 3-inch lengths. If using low-heat setting, turn to high-heat setting. Stir in asparagus, cream, and the 1/2 cup fresh basil. Cover; cook 30 minutes more.
4.
Reserve four chicken breast halves to prepare Chicken and Wild Rice Chowder; store as directed below.* Serve remaining chicken, vegetables, and sauce with orzo. Sprinkle with the 2 tablespoons fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 servings plus additional chicken for Chicken and Wild Rice Chowder.
Storage
  • * To store chicken breast halves, wrap tightly and refrigerate up to 3 days.
Nutrition information
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 556, Fat, total (g) 21, chol. (mg) 132, sat. fat (g) 9, carb. (g) 43, Monosaturated fat (g) 3, Polyunsaturated fat (g) 2, fiber (g) 5, sugar (g) 8, pro. (g) 47, vit. A (IU) 3013, vit. C (mg) 105, Thiamin (mg) 0, Riboflavin (mg) 1, Niacin (mg) 17, Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 1, Folate (g) 125, Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0, sodium (mg) 892, Potassium (mg) 903, calcium (mg) 121, iron (mg) 5, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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