Creamy Garlic Chicken

You absolutely won’t believe how delicious this is—with little besides kitchen staples, you have a decadent meal fit for company!

You absolutely won’t believe how delicious this is—with little besides kitchen staples, you have a decadent meal fit for company!

Creamy. Garlic. Chicken. Pretty much all you need to know is right there, and enough to get your mouth watering. Am I right?

Perhaps even better, this decadently delicious meal is made with ingredients you mostly have on hand. A few spices and seasonings. Flour, olive oil, and butter. Chicken broth and (optional) wine. And, of course, garlic. Add chicken, cream, and Parmesan, and you’ve got dinner.

I played around with a few versions and finally settled on this one. One of the things I like about it is that the garlic comes from two sources—garlic powder on the chicken and whole cloves of garlic in the sauce. Ten to 12 cloves, in fact. You might think that’s a lot, but they lose their bite and cook to a wonderfully mellow garlicky flavor while they simmer in the sauce.

Another thing that I like about my version is that the sauce is finished with a little Parmesan cheese. It helps give the cream more dimension, becoming almost an alfredo sauce. You might even be tempted to serve Creamy Garlic Chicken over noodles or orzo—and I’d recommend giving in to that temptation. (Also if you like alfredo, try one of the alfredo sauce recipes here.)

Finally, to make it more tender and delicate, I pound my chicken to about 1/2-inch thick. I also lightly dredge it in flour, which gives it nice texture and helps thicken the sauce. But you could skip that step if you’d rather.

All in all, after a bit of prep (the hardest parts are pounding the chicken and peeling the garlic), it takes about 20 minutes to cook this amazing meal. Whether you’re making it for friends or family, trust me, they’ll will LOVE it.

But you might just wish you could have it all for yourself. :)



Creamy Garlic Chicken

  • Author: Jill Hough
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


You absolutely won’t believe how delicious this is—with little besides kitchen staples, you have a decadent meal fit for company!


  • 4 (7-8 oz.) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt, or more to taste
  • 3/4 tsp. pepper, or more to taste
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1012 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup chicken broth or 3/4 cup chicken broth and 1/4 cup wine
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp. chopped fresh parsley


  1. Pound the chicken breasts to an even 1/2-inch thickness (see this post for how to do that, but don’t do it quite as thin).
  2. Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with the garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Put the flour in a shallow bowl or pie pan.
  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat (large enough to hold the chicken without crowding), heat the oil and butter.
  4. When the butter is melted, one piece at a time, dredge the chicken in the flour, shaking off any excess, and add it to the skillet. Cook the chicken until lightly browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate or platter and set aside.
  5. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 2 minutes.
  6. Add the broth (or broth and wine) and cook, scraping up any browned bits in the skillet, until reduced to a very thin layer, 3 to 4 minutes.
  7. Add the cream and bring to a gentle boil. Reduce to a simmer and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
  8. Add the cheese and salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Return the chicken to the skillet and cook just long enough to reheat the chicken and thicken the sauce to your liking, 2 to 3 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle with the parsley and serve.
Creamy Garlic Chicken

24 Responses to “Creamy Garlic Chicken”

  1. ronalee duncan — December 16, 2019 @ 8:07 pm (#)

    This recipe would be perfect for my family. I can’t wait to try it. I think it is going to be a big hit for everybody who is just getting over a cold.

    • Christine Pittman — December 17, 2019 @ 10:23 am (#)

      Let us know what they think, Ronalee!

  2. Alecia G — December 15, 2019 @ 10:19 pm (#)

    This looks delicious. I’ve been looking for new ways to make chicken. I dthink I’m going to try it for dinner sometime this week. I need to go grocery shopping tomorrow so I can pick up the ingredients I need to make it.

    • Christine Pittman — December 17, 2019 @ 10:17 am (#)

      Enjoy, Alecia!

  3. Tracie Cooper — December 9, 2019 @ 5:42 pm (#)

    My hubby loves chicken and I would love to make this for him!

    • Christine Pittman — December 12, 2019 @ 3:42 pm (#)

      Thanks, Tracie!

  4. Mary Gardner — December 8, 2019 @ 5:41 pm (#)

    This looks really good. My family enjoys chicken dishes and I am excited to try this one.

    • Christine Pittman — December 9, 2019 @ 11:23 am (#)

      Thanks, Mary!

  5. Jaye Smith — December 8, 2019 @ 1:24 pm (#)

    I am not a garlic fan but now after reviewing your recipe, this is one recipe I want to try. I think it will be just the right taste.

    • Christine Pittman — December 9, 2019 @ 11:21 am (#)

      You can always cut down on the amount of garlic (instead of adding more, like I do!) if you’re not a big fan. Report back after you’ve tried it, Jaye!

  6. Susan P. — December 6, 2019 @ 4:16 am (#)

    This is the type of recipe I like to make – quick and delicious!

    • Christine Pittman — December 9, 2019 @ 10:29 am (#)

      Thanks, Susan!

  7. sheila ressel — December 3, 2019 @ 1:14 pm (#)

    You had me at garlic! Can’t wait to try this!

    • Christine Pittman — December 5, 2019 @ 2:27 pm (#)

      Yay! Enjoy, Sheila!

  8. Linda Bick — November 26, 2019 @ 10:01 pm (#)

    I love garlic! Yummy!

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:43 pm (#)

      Me too, Linda! Enjoy!

  9. Judy Gregory — November 26, 2019 @ 5:39 pm (#)

    Leave off the cheese, then put over rice. Yum!

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:39 pm (#)

      That sounds good too, Judy! Thanks!

  10. Angelica — November 26, 2019 @ 1:40 pm (#)

    I can’t wait to try this! You had me at garlic. I’m definitely one of those people who adds a whole head of garlic when a recipe calls for one clove so this is right up my alley! YUM!

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:34 pm (#)

      I also love to add extra garlic, Angelica!

  11. Kimberly Harrison — November 26, 2019 @ 9:58 am (#)

    Looks d e l i c i o u s! Thanks for sharing!

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:28 pm (#)

      Thanks, Kimberly! Enjoy!

  12. Sandy Klocinski — November 26, 2019 @ 6:40 am (#)

    This looks incredible! I know it will be great. Yes, I love garlic

    • Christine Pittman — November 27, 2019 @ 1:25 pm (#)

      Me too, Sandy! Tag @cookthestory on Insta when you make it so we can see!

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