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Creamy Garlic Chicken

This easy Creamy Garlic Chicken one-pot recipe has tender chicken breasts drenched in a delicious, dreamy garlic sauce. Made with simple ingredients, each bite is a perfect blend of savory garlic, Parmesan and moist chicken. This creamy chicken dish is sure to impress family or guests alike paired with my cheesy mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes and green beans.

For more easy chicken recipes try my creamy lemon chicken, crockpot Mississippi chicken, honey garlic chicken bites, Ritz cracker chicken and chicken garlic parmesan pasta.


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Creamy Chicken and Garlic

This wonderful chicken breast recipe is a garlic lovers delight that is great with pasta and rice or your favorite chicken side dish like potatoes, vegetables or a salad.

The restaurant quality, flavorful creamy garlic Parmesan sauce coats the chicken in a luxurious velvety texture that is irresistible!!

What I love about this recipe is that it is a simple yet elegant comfort food meal that is both satisfying and indulgent.

Creamy garlic parmesan chicken in skillet.

Serve it with my Paula Dean’s green bean casserole, best green salad, roasted red potatoes, baked sweet potato, honey roasted carrots and cheese stuffed garlic bread or cornbread.

Creamy garlic chicken on a plate with a bite removed.

Ingredients

Ingredients for creamy garlic chicken in small bowls on counter.
  • Chicken Breasts – 4 thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • All Purpose Flour
  • Salt and Black Pepper
  • Olive Oil

Creamy Garlic Sauce

  • Butter – unsalted butter
  • Garlic – peeled and sliced
  • Shallot – finely chopped shallot or use a small onion
  • Chicken Broth – store bought or my homemade chicken broth
  • Heavy Cream
  • Italian Seasoning – or you can use dried or fresh herbs like oregano, basil, thyme and rosemary
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • Parsley – chopped fresh parsley is an optional garnish
Gravy is drizzled on top of creamy garlic chicken with a spoon.

Substitutions & Variations: Chicken thighs can be use instead of chicken breasts but make sure to check for doneness as cooking times will vary based on the chicken thickness. Adding mushrooms to this rich and creamy gravy chicken is a great idea, you can add them in step 5 with the garlic and onions.

How To Make Creamy Garlic Chicken

Step by step photo collage for how to make creamy garlic chicken.

STEP ONE – In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper.

STEP TWO – Dredge the chicken breasts in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess, and then transfer them to a dry plate. Discard any leftover flour mixture. 

STEP THREE – Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts and cook for 3-5 minutes per side until a golden brown crust forms. Do this in batches if you cannot fit all of the chicken breasts in your pan at once. Adjust the amount of olive oil as needed when cooking in batches. Remove the browned chicken breasts from the pan and set them aside on a plate while you make the sauce. 

Step by step photo collage for how to make creamy garlic chicken.

STEP FOUR – Adjust the temperature as needed while you cook the chicken so that the chicken doesn’t burn. I find it works best to use medium-high heat for the first few minutes and turn it down to medium for the rest of the time. 

STEP FIVE – Add the butter to the same large skillet over medium heat. As the butter melts, use a wooden spoon or spatula to loosen any bits that are stuck to the skillet from browning the chicken. 

STEP SIX – Add the sliced garlic and minced shallot to the melted butter. Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until the shallot is translucent. 

STEP SEVEN – Add the chicken broth, heavy cream, and Italian seasoning to the skillet. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes while stirring frequently.

STEP EIGHT – Add the grated parmesan cheese to the sauce. Stir until the cheese is melted and incorporated into the sauce. 

STEP NINE – Add the chicken back to the skillet and let it cook in the sauce on medium heat, covered, for about 5 minutes until heated through. 

STEP TEN – The chicken should reach an internal temperature of at least 165℉.

STEP ELEVEN – To serve, plate the chicken and spoon the sauce from the skillet over the top. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Side view of creamy garlic chicken on a white plate with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Handy tip: More Garlic Sauce!

If you need more garlic sauce you can multiply the ingredients to make a larger batch. Make sure your pan or skillet is large enough, or you can do it in batches.

Storage and reheating instructions

Store the chicken and garlic sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.

Reheat over a medium-low heat in a pan on the stove adding a splash of water or chicken broth. Cover with a lid stirring occasionally for 5 to 10 minutes or until heated through.

Garlic chicken in white skillet.
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Creamy garlic chicken on a plate with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Creamy Garlic Chicken


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  • Author: Sandra Flegg
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings

Description

This easy Creamy Garlic Chicken one-pot recipe has tender chicken breasts drenched in a delicious, dreamy garlic sauce. Made with simple ingredients, each bite is a perfect blend of savory garlic, parmesan and moist chicken. This creamy chicken dish is sure to impress family or guests alike paired with my cheesy mashed potatoes, roasted potatoes and green beans.


Ingredients

1/4 cup flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

4 thin-sliced chicken breasts

12 tablespoons olive oil

For the sauce:

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter

1 head garlic, peeled and sliced

1 shallot, finely chopped

3/4 cup chicken broth

3/4 cup heavy cream

1/2 tablespoon Italian seasoning

3/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Optional garnish: freshly chopped parsley


Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, salt, and pepper.
  2. Dredge the chicken breasts in the flour mixture, shaking off any excess, and then transfer them to a dry plate. Discard any leftover flour mixture. 
  3. Add the olive oil to a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken breasts and cook for 3-5 minutes per side until a golden brown crust forms. Do this in batches if you cannot fit all of the chicken breasts in your pan at once. Adjust the amount of olive oil as needed when cooking in batches. Remove the browned chicken breasts from the pan and set them aside on a plate while you make the sauce. 
  4. Adjust the temperature as needed while you cook the chicken so that the chicken doesn’t burn. I find it works best to use medium-high heat for the first few minutes and turn it down to medium for the rest of the time. 
  5. Add the butter to the same large skillet over medium heat. As the butter melts, use a wooden spoon or spatula to loosen any bits that are stuck to the skillet from browning the chicken. 
  6. Add the sliced garlic and minced shallot to the melted butter. Sauté for 3-5 minutes or until the shallot is translucent. 
  7. Add the chicken broth, heavy cream, and Italian seasoning to the skillet. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat. Simmer for 5 minutes while stirring frequently.
  8. Add the grated parmesan cheese to the sauce. Stir until the cheese is melted and incorporated into the sauce. 
  9. Add the chicken back to the skillet and let it cook in the sauce on medium heat, covered, for about 5 minutes until heated through. 
  10. The chicken should reach an internal temperature of at least 165℉.
  11. To serve, plate the chicken and spoon the sauce from the skillet over the top. Garnish with fresh parsley if desired.

Notes

Storage and reheating instructions:

Store the chicken and garlic sauce in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.

Reheat over a medium-low heat in a pan on the stove adding a splash of water or chicken broth. Cover with a lid stirring occasionally for 5 to 10 minutes or until heated through.

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minute
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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