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garlic basil chicken with tomato sauce in a large skillet
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Garlic Basil Chicken In Tomato Sauce (With A Secret Ingredient)

Make this pan-roasted chicken coated with healthy garlic basil tomato sauce for a quick and easy dinner or lunch. You can serve it with plain pasta or couscous for a wholesome, complete and a satisfying meal.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Lunch / Dinner
Cuisine: Italian Inspired
Servings: 6
Calories: 246kcal


  • ½ tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 medium chicken thighs skinless and boneless
  • 3-4 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1 medium onion finely diced
  • 5-6 medium red tomatoes finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon oregano dry
  • 2 tablespoon pine nuts
  • 2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • ½ cup loosely packed fresh basil leaves
  • salt and pepper
  • cup chicken stock or water


  • Heat oil in a skillet or frying pan. Place chicken thighs in a single layer, sprinkle some salt and cook for 5-6 min. Then flip the chicken and cook on the other side for another 5-6 mins. Once done take them out and keep aside.
  • In the same pan, using the leftover oil add chopped garlic and onion to it and sauté for 2-3 min or until translucent.
  • Then add chopped tomatoes and cook for 5-6 min or until they soften and give a sauce-like consistency. If necessary, add some chicken stock or water.
  • Now add dried oregano, paprika, and pine nuts. Mix well.
  • Add back the cooked chicken thighs and mix well to coat the chicken with sauce.
  • Finally, sprinkle some grated parmesan cheese, garnish with fresh basil and serve warm.


  1. Add more or less water to get the consistency of the sauce as per your likings.
  2. To get the nice crust on the chicken cook them for the mentioned time without flipping them too frequently (I flipped only once). Chicken thighs with skin give a nice uniform crust as opposed to what you get with the skinless version. In this recipe, I used skinless chicken thighs. So, you may not get the brownish crust as uniform as you may expect.
  3. Before adding back the cooked chicken, taste the sauce and add more salt and pepper if necessary.
  4. If you want a creamy sauce then you can blend the cooked tomato mixture using a blender before adding the chicken. I just don't do it to avoid extra steps and extra cleanup. Or, you can use a masher or the back of a wooden spatula to smash the tomatoes while cooking in the pan to get a smoother consistency.


Calories: 246kcal