One Pan Creamy Garlic Chicken Breasts

The ultimate weeknight dinner, ready in 30 minutes or less!  With the ability to switch up the protein or play with different flavor add-ins, this versatile meal will be a family favorite!

Need to get dinner on the table in a flash?  Check out my Blender Caesar Salad Dressing, Semi-Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread and Roasted Broccoli to round out the meal – all are quick-cooking recipes!

Tender chicken breasts smothered in a rich garlic cream sauce, all made in the same pan, and ready in less than 30 minutes! #easyrecipe #weeknightdinner #dinnerrecipe #chicken #garlic #creamy #onepan #onepot #skilletmeal

Chicken breasts have a bad reputation for being dry and bland.  In this recipe, the chicken is moist and tender, and positively dripping with a velvety garlic sauce.  Definitely not bland at all!


For this recipe, I like to either buy thinly sliced chicken, or slice regular chicken breasts in half from right to left, opening them like a book.  This is a good photo tutorial, although I don’t usually pound the chicken.

The reason I do this, is two-fold.

  1. You can turn 2 chicken breasts into 4 cutlets, so it’s very economical.
  2. Thinner chicken cooks quicker, making this truly a 30 minute meal.

Dredging the chicken in a bit of flour helps give it a golden “crust”, and when you add the chicken back to the pan with the sauce, the flour helps thicken up the sauce.

Last but not least, DON’T clean out the pan between browning the chicken and making the sauce!  All those browned bits of chicken are pure flavor GOLD!

Chicken breasts in pan with spoonful of garlic sauce on top


The beauty of this recipe is that it’s easy to make with other proteins as well!

We all get tired of chicken from time to time, so these are our favorite options:

  • Pork chops
  • Shrimp
  • Steaks
  • Salmon


I love versatile recipes, and this creamy garlic sauce is a great base to add other flavors to!

Some of my favorites are:

  • Asiago cheese
  • Fresh or dried herbs
  • Sun-dried tomatoes
  • Sautéed mushrooms
  • Fresh spinach
  • Basil pesto
  • Mustard

Forkful of garlic chicken breasts

While I think this meal is fabulous as is, you could serve it alongside some pasta for a truly stick-to-your-ribs dinner!


Making a pan sauce is my favorite way to make a sauce because you don’t have to dirty another pan!  Plus you get the added bonus of all the flavors of what was cooked in the pan before the sauce.

After the chicken has been browned on both sides and removed to a plate, add in a drizzle more oil and saute the shallot and garlic.

Add in the chicken stock and use a wooden spoon to really scrape the bottom of the pan.  This loosens up any browned bits and incorporates that flavor into the sauce.

Add in the cream and seasonings, stirring well.  Add in the cheese and butter and your sauce is complete!

This pan sauce method can be used to make just about any pan sauce you want!

Creamy garlic chicken breasts in pan


  • Cast Iron Skillet – I use this pan for just about everything in my kitchen and it’s perfect for getting that amazing sear on the chicken.
  • Sharp Knife – I have a fancy Wusthof knife that I love (but is super pricey), but this knife is super close second for me, and you can’t beat the price!




Tender chicken breasts smothered in a rich garlic cream sauce, all made in the same pan, and ready in less than 30 minutes! #easyrecipe #weeknightdinner #dinnerrecipe #chicken #garlic #creamy #onepan #onepot #skilletmeal

One Pan Creamy Garlic Chicken Breasts

Tender chicken breasts smothered in a rich garlic cream sauce, all made in the same pan, and ready in less than 30 minutes!
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 780
Recipe Author The Chunky Chef


  • 4 chicken breast halves
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour (for dredging)
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 2 shallots, finely minced (or 1 small yellow onion)
  • 2 Tbsp finely minced garlic
  • 1 1/3 cups chicken broth or stock
  • 1 - 1 1/3 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese (fresh is best)


  • Add flour to a shallow dish. Season chicken on both sides with a total of 1/2 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, and 1/4 tsp paprika. Add chicken to flour dish, one at a time, turning to coat lightly in flour.
  • Heat olive oil in heavy skillet over MED HIGH heat until hot. Add butter, then add flour-dredged chicken to skillet, being careful not to overcrowd the pan. If your pan is less than 12 inches across, you may need to brown the chicken in batches.
  • Cook chicken for approximately 4-5 minutes per side, until cooked and golden brown. Remove to a plate and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to MED LOW, and add a small drizzle of oil to pan (remember, DON'T clean it out!), then add shallots and cook for 2-3 minutes, until soft and fragrant. Add garlic and cook another 30 seconds or so.
  • Carefully pour in chicken broth or stock, scraping the bottom of the pan to loosen any browned bits. Pour in heavy cream and stir well to combine.
  • Cook 2-4 minutes, or until thickened slightly. Stir in 1/4 tsp each of pepper and Italian seasoning, and Parmesan cheese. Add chicken back to the pan, nestling them in and moving them around so the flour will help thicken the sauce.



If sauce isn't thickening up to your liking, mix 2 tsp of cornstarch with 1 Tbsp heavy cream and stir into the sauce.  Cook and stir another minute or so and it should thicken up nicely.
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63 comments on “One Pan Creamy Garlic Chicken Breasts”

  1. Delicious recipe.  I had no cream so I used half and half with cornstarch.  Also had no Fresh Parm so I used Pecorino. Thank you Chunky Chef for a great recipe!  Locked up inside, looking for fun new recipes to try.  This is a winner!

  2. Excellent! I won’t change a thing, except, of course, adding my love.

  3. I tried this recipe and I must say that it turned out pretty good! I added some red pepper flakes and spinach. I served it with a green salad and bow tie pasta. My family loved it! Thank you.

  4. This was easy and delicious. I used milk and a little half and half to cut down on fat.

  5. easy and quick, good flavor. I didn’t have parmesan cheese and didn’t use italian spices, just salt and pepper and it was still fantastic.

  6. Awesome recipe! I added extra cheese and also added a little extra flour because the sauce wasn’t as thick as we wanted. Otherwise, followed exactly and it turned out AMAZING.

  7. Wow! This was so easy and delicious. I didn’t have cream so I used fat free half and half and I cut liquids down 1/2 cup between the stock snd cream. Heavenly!

  8. Amazing! Delicious! My boyfriend said it was a better version than Olive Garden ; ) hehe. But I did have to make a substitution due to lack of supply but nonetheless worked out fine. I didn’t have the onion so I just put onion powder in with the garlic. Also struggled making the sauce thick-I always struggle with this…I did the corn starch suggestion that didnt do much so I sprinkled some flour and then let it cool and BOOM thick sauce!! It was amazing. Thank you so much for this recipe!!

  9. What if you dont have chicken broth? Can I use something else?

    • You could use water, but add a tablespoon or so of butter with it, to give it a touch more flavor. I’ve not tested this recipe other than as written, so I can’t guarantee it’ll taste the same.

  10. Dairy Free Version absolutely delicious!
    Followed recipe but instead of butter used plant based butter (I’m allergic to milk protein) in combination with olive oil. For cream substitute I’ve used oatmeal cream and for parmesan cheese substitute I’ve used nutritional yeast. My kids loved it even though one of them is a finicky eater.
    Thank you for the recipe.

  11. A keeper!  This tastes so fresh and delicious.  It is quick and easy.  I had chicken stock and used half heavy cream, half, half-n-half, chicken stock, and added turmeric with the paprika, salt and pepper.  Honestly, I didn’t measure anything at all.  Just put olive oil and about two pats of butter in the pan, cut one extra large chicken breast into about 9 tenders, and followed the recipe from there. Everyone in my family loved it! We will make this at the beach when we go this Summer to SC!  
    Thanks for a great recipe to add to my collection!

  12. This chicken was absolutely delicious! I had it with rice, broccoli and cauliflower. With the leftovers I plan on making some fusilli noodles and tossing the extra chicken and sauce into it. Thanks for the awesome recipe!

  13. Sliced breast in 1/2 long way, pounded, brined for 30 minutes, then followed recipe.  Wicked tasty and tender.

    • I made this last night for my family.
      This dish is so filling! We had Mushroom ravioli with it and I added Laccinato Kale to the sauce for color and for veggies. We also had broccoli too.
      Everyone loved it and said that it should be written in our family book! It is a keeper!

  14. What can I use in place of heavy cream. Trying to cut some calories.

  15. This recipe was amazing! My whole family loved it, even my picky 9 year old finished his plate. I used a yellow onion and I used an Italian cheese mix (mozzarella, Parmesan, Romano, provolone and Asiago) and probably doubled the cheese because, well cheese. Freaking amazing!!

  16. Made this dish tonight. My Family Loved it.

  17. Hi,  doesn’t say how long to cook after adding chicken bacon in at the end

  18. This right here is definitely by far one of my favorites now! I followed the recipe for the most part and me and my kids loved it! I had to add more flour to thicken up at end because i didn’t have corn starch! But it turned out so amazing!

  19. I made it and my very picky husband absolutely loved it. The chicken was wonderful, tender and the gravy delightful! I’ll be making it again for sure.

  20. This was delicious and I substituted evaporated milk for the cream, but I was curious if the 780 calories was per serving/piece of chicken or for the whole recipe and I divide it by 4? Thanks!

  21. I tried this recipe with the chicken, it was the best thing I ever made and tonight I want to try with shrimp, would I use just 1lb of shrimp, like with the chicken?

  22. This recipe was so tasty and quick. I used tarragon in the cream sauce and it was fantastic. Will make it again and try different variations of herbs and spices.

  23. I made this recipe and served over pasta tossed in garlic butter. Very tasty. Added sauteed mushrooms, and 1/3 cup chopped sun dried tomatoes packed in oil which benefited the combination.

  24. Very tasty. Made rice to go with 

  25. This dish is a winner!! Made it easily. Didn’t follow recipe to ther exact but mostly. Recommend this dish to all! Thanks!

  26. Made this and did use the parmesan. The cheese added so much to the flavor of the sauce! We had it with little potatoes and asparagus. It was fantastic!

  27. Just made this. No variations. It is delicious! Even my picky husband liked it. I will be making again!

  28. I tried this recipe and it is delicious. I don’t usually like chicken breast but it is so tender that I will definitely make this again

  29. Absolutely delicious!!!!

  30. Pasta and broccoli make the perfect sides with the gravy. This recipe is delicious!!!!

  31. Nutrition chart?

    • As I’m not a nutritionist, I don’t provide full nutritional information for my recipes (don’t want to inadvertently pass along incorrect information). Your best bet would be to copy the ingredients into your favorite online nutritional calculator.

  32. JuSt made this dish tonight, I did t have any Parmesan cheese ,  it oh my… delicious 😊

  33. Love it! Was delicious! Will make again and again! 

  34. Next time I will leave out the parmesan cheese. It has a great flavor before the cheese the chicken turned out very moist and fairly tender

  35. I’m trying to make this recipe and I’m confused on how much heavy cream and chicken broth to use. Do I use two cups and 1/3 for the heavy cream or just one and 1/3 cups, one time?

    I’m actually making the recipe right now so I hope you get this message right away!

    • Sorry, on the weekend days I’m with my family… but it’s one to one and a third cups, meaning this amount can vary from 1 cup to 1 and a third cups from person to person and preference to preference.

  36. Awesome! Will make this again! Did not have cheese or the cream so I substituted milk and butter for cream and just eliminated the cheese all together. I served a spaetzle noodle to go with this. This is a awesome dish and very easy to make. My family loved it!

    • I dont use heavy cream either as never have in house so I made a home made bechamel sauce using 1percent milk…butter ….2 tablespoons flour

  37. My husband made this for dinner last night and it was absolutely DELICIOUS!!! A keeper for sure! We had it over rice. The sauce was super yummy!

  38. So, yummy! A save. Plus easy. Thanks for this. 2nd recipe of yours I have made. Pleases the teen boy bellies.

  39. Omg this was absolutely amazing!!!!! Thank you! I think it had to be the best thing I’ve ever made!!! I will be making this many more times that’s for sure!

  40. Absolutely amazing
    Best chicken recipe. Chicken breast super tender and moist. And the garlic sauce super delicious. I served it with mashed potatoes

  41. Very tasty! Used boneless chicken thighs and made pasta bow ties and used sauce on pasta and paired it with zucchini and yellow squash. Was a hit and definitely make again!

  42. This was very tasty my family loved it 👌🏽

  43. I had to thicken the sauce but it was just delicious….my husband loved it!

  44. This was a great dinner! My sauce didn’t thicken so next time I will use a roux of butter and flour after the shallots for a thick sauce! The flavor of the sauce was amazing, can’t wait to make again!

  45. Easy to make and delicious! 

  46. This recipe was fantastic! I omitted the flour since I am on the Keto diet, but used grated Parmesan cheese instead. Girl this was so delicious! Thank you so much for this delicious recipe!

  47. I tried this recipe this afternoon and it was easy and delicious.
    Your blog post is amazing, I love your content and website. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to such a more wonderful work from your side.

  48. What wasn’t to love about this heartwarming meal?! My family is already asking for me to make this for them again! Delicious!

  49. This is really amazing and yummy! Looks like we have a fabulous weeknight dinner, need to to put this on our menu!

  50. This was such a tasty dinner; had everyone smiling all around the dinner table! Going to make this again this week, for sure!

  51. I know for sure this would be a huge hit in my house!

  52. I am drooling over these chicken breasts! I will make it tonight!

  53. Another winner, Amanda! I love the recipes you post! They are super simple and delicious.

  54. These sound so tasty and flavorful! Definitely making for dinner tonight