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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!

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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.

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Creamy Garlic Chicken

4.96 from 123 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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295 comments on “Creamy Garlic Chicken”

  1. This was delicious. I actually didn’t have chicken broth so used beef broth and chicken bouillon. It was so tasty and will definitely make again!!

    • Hey Patti! I am so happy to hear that you enjoyed the recipe, and nice job switching it up with the beef broth and chicken bouillon!! 🙂 Thank you so much for taking the time to leave a review, I really appreciate it! -Stephanie

  2. I did not have half and half so I substituted milk.  It was delicious.  Husband loved it.  Will definitely make again.  Might add mushrooms as you had suggested in your notes. 

  3. Absolutely loved this dish! Served it with brussel sprouts and mashed potatoes and it is definitely going to become one of my regular meals.

  4. This was absolutely delicious! Will be adding this recipe to our dinner selections.

  5. Of course this is a total hit! I never seem to be able to follow a recipe however my tweeks were still within the realm. I doubled the sauce. To be able to toss it with some pasta noodles the next day and roasted veggies. When making a masterpiece, always good to have an encore.

    I like a fool didn’t grate my own parm so next time that is a must. I did the garlic in a separate pan with butter and white wine and mashed them into the sauce. NONE of these things needed to be done. The recipe is OUTSTANDING as is. I just have a tendency to go offline with myself. Damn ADD!

    Going on the rotation of a night I have a little more time to enjoy the process. Since I made 5 pounds of mashed potato casserole to go along with this…go big right?!? Glad to have stumbled on this! Great work!

    • Yayyyy! I’m so happy to hear such great comments Gretchen! I love your use of extra sauce!😋 I love that you made mahed potato casserole to go along with this, I totally agree, go big!!! Thanks so much for the great review!

  6. This recipe turned out great. I roughly chopped the garlic and added a pinch of red pepper and pearl onions to the sauce. Topped the chicken and sauce over rotini with asparagus on the side. Thank you for sharing!!

  7. Loved everything about this recipe! Will definitely make again! Thank you!

  8. I think I would use grated parmesan cheese in the flour, the shredded seems to just fall off.

  9. Just made it tonight for my family. Wow! Delicious. We mushed up the garlic into the sauce for extra garlic flavour! So good

  10. Really nice dish! Sauce has great layers of flavor and loved the addition of the caramelized garlic. Just 2 of us so I made the full recipe for the sauce and couldn’t stand the thought of throwing it out so I threw it in the freezer 😄 I’m sure I can add it to something! Will definitely be making this recipe again for guests. Thanks for sharing!

    • I like your style Kathryn, I never let sauce go to waste!😋 This is definitely a great one to make for guests! Thanks so much for the great comments and for taking the time to leave a review!😍

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