Stovetop Chicken Breasts | With Basil and Provolone

An easy chicken recipe that will become your go to – great for lunch or dinner!
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How exciting is this easy stovetop chicken breasts recipe? Very! The process is simple and the flavors are amazing. What’s more, it is relatively healthy. You will be making this recipe over and over again. A very simple spice mix – just salt, freshly ground black pepper, sweet paprika and garlic powder adds a great depth of robustness to the chicken. The breasts are first pan seared, then topped off with a wilted basil, onion mixture and provolone cheese. Rounding off the brilliantly flavored chicken is the marinara sauce which is simmered with garlic, red pepper flakes and parsley. You just can’t go wrong with this delicious, juicy and tender chicken dish. I hope you will make it and enjoy as much as we do. Happy Cooking!

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5 from 1 vote

Stovetop Chicken Breasts | With Basil & Provolone

A quick and easy recipe that is absolutely delicious. Great for any dinner or lunch menu.

Course Dinner, Entree, Lunch
Cuisine American, Healthy, Italian
Keyword Best chicken breasts recipes, Chicken Breasts Recipes, Chicken Seasoning, Chicken with Basil, Chicken with Provolone Cheese, Easy recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Healthy Cuisine, Holiday recipes, How to cook chicken breasts, How to cook chicken breasts on the stovetop, Marinara Sauce, Provolone Cheese, Quick and easy recipes, Sauces, Stovetop chicken breasts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 540 kcal
Author Yasmin Jackson




  • 1 1/4 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon granluated garlic


  • 1 small red onion peeled, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon crushed garlic (I used fresh garlic – 2 cloves)
  • 2 cups fresh basil leaves (leave the leaves whole)
  • 1 pinch of the spice mix
  • 1 cup freshly grated provolone cheese (can sub 8 slices of provolone cheese)


  • 16 ounces marinara sauce
  • 2 teaspoons garlic freshly crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley


Let's prepare the chicken breasts for cooking.

  1. Combine all the spice mix ingredients in a small bowl. Mix to incorporate. Reserve a generous pinch of the spice mix.

  2. Butterfly the chicken breasts. To do this lay one piece of breast flat on a cutting board. Place one hand firmly on top of the breast. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut the breast through horizontally to create a book like opening. Open the breast by flattening out like a book. Continue this process with the remaining breasts.

    Optional: Rinse and pat the chicken dry with paper towels.

  3. Place the chicken on a plate and season it all over with the spice mix.

Let's cook the chicken:

  1. Heat 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil in a large saute pan. Heat the oil without smoking it.

    Note: I used medium-high heat.

  2. Cook the chicken breasts in 2 batches. Cook each batch for 4 minutes total – 2 minutes per side. Chicken breasts will be lightly brown.

  3. Remove the chicken to a plate. Once all the chicken breasts are browned, turn the heat to medium low.

  4. Saute the onion slices for 2 minutes.

  5. Add the crushed garlic and cook 30 seconds.

  6. Add the basil leaves and the reserved pinch of seasoning mix. Stir constantly until the basil leaves are wilted. Remove the onion/basil mixture to a plate.

  7. Add back the chicken breasts to the pan with any juices that was released. Turn up the heat to medium.

  8. Divide the onion/basil mixture into 4. Top each of the breasts with the onion and basil mixture.

  9. Divide the grated povolone into 4. Top each breast with the provolone cheese.

  10. Cover the pan and cook until the cheese melts. About 2 minutes. Turn off the stove.

Simultaneously make the sauce while the chicken breasts are cooking:

  1. In a small pot or saucepan, add the marinara sauce.

  2. Add the crushed garlic and red pepper flakes. Stir. Season with a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper.

  3. Bring the sauce to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low or low. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.

  4. Turn off the stove.

Let's Plate and Serve:

  1. Spoon a generous amount of the sauce on a plate. Place a piece of the cheesy basil chicken breast on top of the sauce. Top with a little bit more of the sauce if desired.

  2. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Video Tutorial: Chicken Breasts | With Wilted Basil and Provolone

Nutrition information are estimates only and will vary depending on individual serving sizes.

Cheese substitution: can use sliced provolone or Mozzarella.

Nutrition Facts
Stovetop Chicken Breasts | With Basil & Provolone
Amount Per Serving
Calories 540 Calories from Fat 261
% Daily Value*
Fat 29g45%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 168mg56%
Sodium 1155mg50%
Potassium 1356mg39%
Carbohydrates 11g4%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 59g118%
Vitamin A 1872IU37%
Vitamin C 21mg25%
Calcium 311mg31%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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6 Comments Add yours

  1. chef mimi says:

    This is magnificent! I wish I still had basil growing in my garden. I’ll save this recipe for next summer!

    1. julietkitchen says:

      Thanks. I grow a small aero garden in the house. It’s year round.

      1. chef mimi says:

        I tried that twice, and I always got aphids!

      2. julietkitchen says:

        Oh. Okay. Be well!


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