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Creamy Garlic Chicken

This Creamy Garlic Chicken is smothered in a rich and flavorful gravy that’s easy to make in a single skillet. Caramelized garlic cloves add the perfect balance of gourmet flavor. There is plenty of savory sauce to serve over mashed potatoes with roasted green beans. You have just found your new favorite meal!

A white plate with Creamy Garlic Chicken next to mashed potatoes and green beans.

Creamy Garlic Chicken

This Creamy Garlic Chicken is dedicated to all of the gravy (and garlic!) lovers out there. Wait until you try this recipe. You’re going to want to make this every week.

The garlic cloves add the best gourmet flavor to the sauce without overpowering it. Since the cloves are whole, the flavor is nice and subtle. They’re also caramelized a bit before the sauce is made, which brings out a hint of sweetness and rounds everything out.

I think you’ve just found your new favorite chicken recipe. Scroll down to see how it’s made, tips for perfectly seared chicken, and other PRO tips!

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Slice the chicken into 3 thinner slices. Season with salt/pepper and Italian seasonings. Dredge in flour/Parmesan cheese mixture. Sear in olive oil for 4-5 minutes per side, until a golden crust has developed. Set aside. 

Melt butter in the skillet and use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom of the pot. Add garlic cloves. Cook and caramelize for 6-7 minutes.

Seared chicken next to a skillet with fond and butter being melted to make sauce.

Add flour to the butter mixture and whisk to combine. Cook for 1-2 minutes. Add the chicken broth, beef bouillon, and seasonings in splashes. Stir in the heavy cream. Bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer.

Adding broth and cream to make creamy garlic sauce.

Reduce heat to low and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Add the chicken back and spoon the sauce on top. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve with mashed potatoes!

 

Creamy garlic chicken with Parmesan cheese and chicken being added to the sauce.

Tips For Searing the Chicken

  • Adjust the heat up and down slightly throughout the cooking process for a nice even sear and golden color.
  • We want brown (not black) remnants left in the pot. The “fond” left in the skillet gives a lot of flavor to the sauce.
  • I would rather cook chicken at a slightly lower temperature for a longer period of time than at a super high temperature that can cause burning and oil splatter. Start at medium -high and decrease heat slightly as needed. You can always increase it again later.
  • If the chicken is sticking to the pan, it’s not ready to be moved and is still developing a crispy crust. Allow it to release on it’s own to avoid tearing the surface of the chicken.

Pro Tips

  • If using smaller chicken breasts, consider using 3-4 instead of 2 large.
  • Serve this meal with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables such as green beans.
  • Mushrooms make a great addition to this gravy, I like to sauté them separately and stir them into the sauce at the very end.  Cooking them separately lets them retain their color, texture, and flavor.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • This meal does freeze well. I reheat from frozen in the microwave, you can also thaw overnight and reheat leftovers in a lightly greased, covered casserole dish at 350° for 20-25 minutes.

A skillet full of creamy garlic chicken with whole garlic cloves and a spoon.

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  • This is the Le Creuset skillet I used in this recipe, (and in 90% of my recipes). It’s pricey, but it conducts heat really well and is oven safe. The size is perfect and the quality is great.
  • Garlic Peeler– Makes it really easy to peel a lot of garlic all at once in seconds. Easy to store and clean too!
  • Kitchen Tongs– makes it easy to handle the chicken when searing and even easier to flip individual mushroom slices as they cook.
  • My Favorite Chef Knife

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Creamy Garlic Chicken in a skillet with garlic and a spoon with lots of gravy.

Creamy Garlic Chicken

5 from 14 ratings
This Creamy Garlic Chicken is smothered in a rich and flavorful gravy that's easy to make in a single skillet. Caramelized garlic cloves add the perfect balance of gourmet flavor.

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt/Pepper
  • 3 teaspoons Italian seasonings
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 Tablespoons Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 3-4 Tablespoons olive oil

Sauce

  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 10 cloves garlic
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 2 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 beef bouillon cube or 1 tsp better than bouillon
  • 1 teaspoon low sodium soy sauce, can sub Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese, (optional)

Instructions

Prep Work:

  • Combine the chicken broth, bouillon, soy sauce, onion powder, mustard powder, and thyme. Set aside.
  • Combine flour and Parmesan cheese on a plate and measure out additional ingredients prior to beginning.

Cut, Pound, Dredge, and Sear the Chicken:

  • Slice the chicken to create 2-3 thinner slices. Place the chicken in a gallon freezer bag (or in between saran wrap) and use the textured side of a meat mallet to pound it to ½ inch thick. Pat completely dry.
  • Season with Italian seasoning and salt/pepper. Dredge each side in the flour mixture. Tap off excess.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken in batches for 4-5 minutes per side, until a golden crust has developed. Set aside and leave brown remnants in the pan. (See notes for key tips for searing chicken.)

Make the Sauce:

  • Melt the butter in the skillet over medium heat. Use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom of the pot. Add the garlic cloves and let them soften and caramelize for 6-7 minutes.
  • Add the flour and whisk with a fork for 1-2 minutes, until raw flour smell is gone and it begins to brown.
  • Add the chicken broth mixture in splashes, stirring continuously.
  • Stir in the cream. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  • Add the chicken back to the pan along with any juice from the plate. Spoon the sauce on top. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. The sauce will continue to thicken during this time.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve with mashed potatoes and roasted green beans!

Notes

Tips For Searing the Chicken
  • Adjust the heat up and down slightly throughout the cooking process for a nice even sear and golden color.
  • We want brown (not black) remnants left in the pot. The "fond" left in the skillet gives a lot of flavor to the sauce.
  • I would rather cook chicken at a slightly lower temperature for a longer period of time than at a super high temperature that can cause burning and oil splatter.
  • If the chicken is sticking to the pan, it's not ready to be moved and is still developing a crispy crust. Allow it to release on it's own to avoid tearing the surface of the chicken.
Pro Tips
  • Nutrition facts assume that all of the flour is used.
  • Consider using low sodium chicken broth to control the sodium content. You can also omit the bouillon but it does add a nice depth of flavor.
  • If using smaller chicken breasts, consider using 3-4 instead of 2 large.
  • Serve this meal with mashed potatoes and roasted vegetables such as green beans.
  • Mushrooms make a great addition to this gravy, I like to sauté them separately and stir them into the sauce at the very end. Cooking them separately lets them retain their color, texture, and flavor.
Storage
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  • This meal does freeze well. I reheat from frozen in the microwave, you can also thaw overnight and reheat leftovers in a lightly greased, covered casserole dish at 350 ° for 20-25 minutes.

Nutrition

Calories: 508kcal, Carbohydrates: 22g, Protein: 23g, Fat: 37g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 15g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 111mg, Sodium: 1060mg, Potassium: 451mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 887IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 287mg, Iron: 3mg

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42 comments on “Creamy Garlic Chicken”

  1. This was an amazing recipe. The gravy is very good. My husband licked his plate and the kids fought over the last piece of chicken! We will make this again for sure. Thanks for sharing! 

    • You’re very welcome Vicki! I’m so happy this was such a hit. It’s one of my favorite chicken dishes! Thanks so much for the great comments and review!❤️

  2. Can we use minced garlic if we don’t have whole garlic?

    • Hi Marithza, you can, you won’t need to caramelize them, you can just melt the butter and cook the garlic for 1-2 minutes, then add the flour and proceed as outlined.

      • Thank you so much for your reply! It came just in time! I’m half way thru cooking the chicken. Lol. Great timing!

      • That’s amazing!! I forgot to mention how much garlic to add, I would add the equivalent of 3-4 cloves. Minced is more potent than leaving the clove whole.

  3. This sounds delish. Is it possible to do it in a crockpot instead?

    • Hi there, I haven’t tested a Crock Pot method for the recipe, searing the chicken and thickening the gravy is pretty temperature-specific and is best if made on the Stove Top for ultimate control over the texture and consistency.

  4. This was fabulous! First recipe I have tried of yours & I picked a good one. So much flavour! Next night I made the chicken rice soup & it is a keeper too! 

  5. This was great!! My wife and I try a new recipe out every so often and wow did we pick a good one. Thank you so much for posting it.

  6. Wicked Yummy!  Definitely some room for improvement on my side. Stressing over roux, I forgot the garlic till too late. Had to get to do it separately  with mushrooms. Plenty of yummy gravy!  

  7. I just made this for dinner. I didn’t have any beef bouillon so did a tsp of better than bouillon chicken flavor instead. This meal was delicious! I haven’t made a chicken dish like this surprisingly before but it was a hit. My hubby asked that we add this into your dinner rotation and loves that we have a new tasty gravy recipe too. Thank you!

    • I’m so happy this was a hit Ashley, sounds like you nailed it! My husband asks for this one a lot too. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment and leave a review!❤️

  8. It calls for chicken broth but then it calls for a beef bouillon. Should it be a chicken bouillon?

  9. This was delicious! Followed the recipe almost exactly and it turned out great.  Thanks for the recipe!

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