This one was a nice surprise. Oddly enough, it caught my eye as an advertisement in Real Simple magazine. I picked up the magazine for the recipes on the cover, but all I’ve made from the magazine is this recipe taken from a Campbell’s soup can.
But if you get over that, it was surprisingly good. I like plenty of recipes that start with a can of cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup, but at the end of the day, they tend to taste like recipes that started with a can of soup. This one was different.
The sauce was creamy and delicious, brightened by the flavors of fresh basil and sun-dried tomatoes. I served it with a garlic-basil fettuccine, but regular egg noodles would be fine, I’m sure. Also, I used cream of chicken soup, but technically, the recipe called for cream of mushroom. Use what you like.
Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes
3 tablespoon olive oil
4 skinless, boneless chicken breast half (about 1 pound)
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 can condensed cream of chicken soup
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup thinly-sliced sun-dried tomatoes
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
2 tablespoon chopped fresh basil leaves
4 cups cooked pasta (I used a Basil-Garlic flavored fettuccine)
1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
Thinly-sliced fresh basil leaves
1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 10 minutes or until it’s well browned on both sides. Remove the chicken from the skillet.
2. Heat the remaining oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add the shallot and cook and stir for 2 minutes. Stir the soup, water, tomatoes, vinegar and chopped basil in the skillet.
3. Return the chicken to the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cook for 5 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through. Serve the chicken and sauce over the noodles. Sprinkle with the cheese and sliced basil, if desired.