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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. Really enjoyed this recipe! My husband is fussy about his gravy and this one passed with flying colors. I used the better than bouillon vs a bouillon cube. No other changes were made. 
    Thanks so much for sharing! 

  2. Absolutely delicious! My family loved it. My sauce didn’t come out as brown as the pic. I may need to cook the flour longer, but it was still gourmet good!! I doubled the sauce, and I’m glad I did because I can freeze the rest for an easier dinner. 

  3. Omg delicious…I did add another tablespoon of better than bullion base with garlic….so tasty..great recipe

  4. This was an amazing recipe!!! Easy and delicious! ❤️

  5. Delicious. Followed the directions as is and was successful. I did add a splash or so of Worcestershire to give more depth to the flavor and white wine vinegar to taste because I felt it needed some acid to it. I wasn’t a fan of spending time coating the chicken with flour when it just ended up soggy. I would probably skip that next time or not return it to the sauce and just make sure it was cooked after frying. Texture preference. Overall great!

    • Hi Faith! I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed this recipe! I wanted to explain the reason behind the flour, it’s really because it provides a barrier between the chicken and the skillet during searing, which makes the chicken much less likely to stick to the pan during searing. When added back to the sauce, the flour reacts with the sauce to thicken it up just a touch more at the end. (And the chicken gets nice and warm!) Absolutely still an option to keep the chicken separate from the sauce after searing though. ☺️

  6. This has so much umami and it’s very savory. It has the body of beef gravy but the comfort of a homestyle chicken dinner. 

    My slight changes: I used champagne dill mustard instead of mustard powder, I subbed out the onion powder for garlic powder (only because I was out), and I opted for Worcestershire sauce instead of soy sauce. 

    I will definitely make this regularly! Thank you!

  7. Has anyone tried this gluten free flour in this recipe?

  8. This is an AAAMAZING dish!!! Also a great casserole too! I’d just make everything as is. Substitute rice for mashed potatoes. Mix the gravey into the rice, cut up chicken and add a veggie! Top it with some Ritz crumbs! (roasted veggie Ritz are so yummy)

  9. Wonderful recipe that guests will rave about for ever.  Followed the recipe and added about a 1/2 cup of Pinot Grigio to tame some of the saltiness from the grated cheese.
    Served with mashed potatoes and asparagus.

    lol

  10. WOW, this was amazing!!! I have always loved meals with gravy and mashed potatoes, but I’m pregnant right now and this sounded delicious. It was so so so good. I had to keep myself from licking the plate! I did add mushrooms (like you mentioned) but added them with the garlic so they could give flavor to the gravy (as we don’t just love mushrooms, but love the flavor they add). Also tried Worcestershire instead of soy as you mentioned. Seriously, maybe my new favorite recipe! 

    • This makes me so happy on so many levels Robyn! When you’re pregnant you should never refrain from licking the plate 🤣, I know I didn’t! Thanks so much for the great comments and review, I’m so happy this was a success!

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