Basil Chicken Marinara
Guys I’m, like, panicking. I made up this basil marinara chicken recipe one night when all I had in my fridge was some raw chicken, basil, & a jar of marinara sauce and it happened to be delicious. A couple weeks later I IG Storied the process, then went on IG Live and showed the entire process but I still receive countless messages about it. SO, here it is! Really sorry for the pathetic images–they were taken on my iPhone with one hand, as I was cooking!–but I was more concerned about getting the damn recipe up than how it looked! In fact, in the image above I forgot to add some more fresh Parmesan before snapping the pic. Whatevs.

If I had to sum up the flavor of this dish, I’d call it a chicken parm without the breading. So in a way it’s almost a healthier alternative to a chicken parm since it’s just as yummy but less carbs. It’s also one of the easiest chicken dishes I’ve ever made so it has now become part of our rotation here in my house.

Below you will find the recipe & directions for this easy & yummy chicken dish.

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  • Chicken breast
  • Fresh basil, a handful
  • Marinara of your choice. This time I used a Vodka sauce from Gelsons
  • Fresh parmesean cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Sprinkle your chicken with salt & pepper.
  2. Heat a pan with olive oil (medium – high heat), add chicken to pan.
  3. Add the basil over your chicken as it cooks, allowing it to stick to the chicken as you flip it.
  4. Once your chicken is lightly browned, add the marinara to the pan & reduce the heat to low.
  5. Grate some fresh cheese over the chicken & cover.
  6. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
  7. Serve on a large platter & sprinkle with some more cheese (if desired).


Posted in RECIPES · 6 Comments


  1. Sharon says:

    Vodka sauce is by FAR my favorite sauce to put on pasta and pasta adjacent dishes. Why is it soo good, is it the Vodka, is it the cream… what does this say about me. Ha! Thanks for sharing I’m going to put this recipe to the test ASAP.

  2. Cara says:

    I saw this pop up in my inbox before I left work and it was just at the right time! I was trying to think of what to make for dinner. I didn’t have time to watch it on the stove so I just put it in the oven for 45 mins at 425 (the chicken breasts were extra large lol)

  3. Sophie Newman says:

    yummy!!! deffo trying this, it looks AMAZING! xxx

  4. Amy Lancaster says:

    I tried this recipe last night and it was so delicious, my boyfriend loved it too. Healthy and simple. I put mine in the oven (I wanted to shower while it was cooking haha) for just over 25 minutes on 180 degrees (yes I live in Australia) so in farenheit it would be 355. I did cut my chicken thin so it cooked quicker. We had it on zucchini noodles. Thanks for sharing Sivan, it is hard to find healthy meals to cook that are quick. Xx

  5. JULIA GRAVES says:

    This dish is SO amazing! It truly tastes like chicken parm without the parm! I added Trader Joe’s brown rice & quinoa fusilli pasta since I was feeding 4 with this but the chicken will taste amazing with or without! I’m pretty sure this will be a go-to weekly recipe. Quick, satisfying and the flavors are so good!

  6. A says:

    I made this like three times since you posted it. It was sooo good. I would love more recipe posts because the ones you share are delicious but light.

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