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!

COOKING CHICKEN BREASTS

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

MAKING THIS CHICKEN BREASTS RECIPE WITH OTHER PROTEINS

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

ADDITIONAL FLAVOR ADD-INS

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!

HOW TO MAKE A PAN SAUCE

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

SHOP THE RECIPE

  • 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!

 

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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

Ingredients

  • 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)

Instructions

  • 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.

Notes

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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16 comments on “One Pan Creamy Garlic Chicken Breasts”

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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!

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

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

  6. 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!

  7. Easy to make and delicious! 

  8. 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!

  9. 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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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