Creamy Basil Chicken

Chicken breasts in a pesto sauce based marinade, rolled in panko breadcrumbs, deep-fried and served with a creamy pesto sauce. This is a Sanjeev Kapoor exclusive recipe.

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Creamy Basil Chicken

Main Ingredients Chicken breasts, Garlic
Cuisine Fusion
Course Main Course Chicken
Prep Time 41-50 minutes
Cook time 16-20 minutes
Serve 4
Taste Spicy
Level of Cooking Easy
Others Non Veg

Ingredients list for Creamy Basil Chicken

  • 4 Chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon Garlic chopped
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 tablespoon Pesto sauce
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 teaspoon Red chilli flakes
  • to taste Crushed black peppercorns
  • 1 Egg
  • for deep-frying Oil
  • 4-6 Cherry tomatoes halved
  • for garnishing coriander sprig
  • Creamy pesto sauce
  • 1½ tablespoons Butter
  • 1 tablespoon Refined flour (maida)
  • 1 cup Milk
  • ½ teaspoon Red chilli flakes
  • to taste Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Pesto sauce


  1. Take chicken in a bowl. Add garlic, salt, crushed peppercorns and pesto sauce and mix well. Set aside to marinate for 30-45 minutes.
  2. Take breadcrumbs in a shallow plate. Add chili flakes, crushed peppercorns and salt and mix well.
  3. Break an egg into the marinated chicken and mix well.
  4. Coat each chicken breast with breadcrumbs.
  5. Heat sufficient oil in a pan.
  6. To prepare creamy pesto sauce, heat butter in a non-stick pan. Add flour and sauté for 30 seconds. Add milk, mix and cook till it thickens.
  7. Add chili flake and salt and mix. Add parmesan cheese and mix. Switch off heat, add pesto sauce and mix well.
  8. Deep-fry the chicken breasts in hot oil till golden and crisp. Drain on absorbent paper.
  9. Put some cherry tomatoes on one side of a serving platter and garnish it with a coriander leaf.
  10. Slice and serve hot with creamy pesto sauce.