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Creamy Garlic Chicken

This Creamy Garlic Chicken is the answer to all your prayers – quick, simple, and tasty. A combination of chicken, bacon, peas, and tomatoes in a garlic cream sauce served with pasta, this recipe is guaranteed to be a family favorite.

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Garlic Cream Chicken

Let me ask you this – who doesn’t love garlic? This creamy garlic chicken is an easy and simple recipe that is so full of flavor! Made in just 30 minutes, this dish is perfect for when you’ve come home from a long day and are in need of a hearty meal that doesn’t take too much effort.

This simple recipe calls for chicken, flour, cream, butter, garlic, frozen peas, sun-dried tomatoes, bacon, cheese, and pasta – ingredients almost every household already has.

Although this recipe calls for the creamy chicken to be served with the pasta of your liking, if you aren’t in the mood for pasta, some alternatives include mashed potatoes, extra vegetables, or pretty much any other side of your liking.

Why is this recipe so great?

  • First of all, it’s quick and easy.
  • It’s very flexible – you can adjust the ingredients to your liking.
  • One word: GARLIC!
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Ingredients Needed

Chicken – I used chicken breasts for this recipe, but you could also use chicken thighs if you’d like.

Flour – All purpose flour is used to create a roux that helps create that thick and velvety garlic sauce.

Butter – Use unsalted butter for this recipe. Along with the flour, it is used to make the roux, however, the roux can be made with any flour and fat of your liking.

Roasted garlic – The star of the dish. Garlic powder can be used to further enhance the garlic-y flavor.

Heavy cream – This adds a richness to the dish along with making it super creamy! Substitute heavy whipping cream if needed.

Green peas – I used frozen green peas for this recipe, but feel free to use fresh green peas or green beans.

Sun-dried tomatoes – This contributes to the beautiful color of the dish and also adds a little sweetness to the dish.

Bacon – Bacon is a subtle smoky and salty addition to this recipe – pancetta works too!

Parmesan cheese – I used parmesan cheese, but any kind of cheese of your liking will do.

Pasta noodles – Feel free to use any kind of noodle – fettuccine, rigatoni, or whatever you have on hand. You can also substitute the pasta with mashed potatoes.

Pantry Staples – olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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How to make Creamy Garlic Chicken

ONE: Trim and season the chicken on both sides. Pan-fry over medium heat, in a large skillet, until lightly browned on both sides. Remove from the pan and let it rest.

TWO: In the same pan, add the butter, flour, and roasted garlic to create a paste. Combine and cook for 1-2 minutes to remove the raw four flavor. Stir in in the cream and create a paste with the butter, flour, and mashed roasted garlic then add the cream.

THREE: Stir in the cream and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove the brown bits. Add in the peas, bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and cheese. Stir to combine.

FOUR: Add the chicken to the pan, and coat with sauce. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Serve with pasta.

For the full recipe and detailed baking instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post.

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Can I freeze this Creamy Garlic Chicken?

You definitely can. Just be sure to store it in an airtight container. Freeze for up to 2 months.

I don’t have cream, can I use milk instead?

Cream and milk have completely different fat content and thickness, with cream being much thicker. That said, I don’t recommend using milk as the dish will lose its creaminess and will become thin and watery.

Does the garlic have to be roasted?

Roasting the garlic eliminates the sharp and spicy flavor of the garlic. Most importantly, it softens the cloves, making it easier to form the roux paste with the butter and flour. However, you could also achieve the paste-like consistency with fresh garlic by mincing and smashing the garlic.

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Can I make this in a slow cooker? 

Although I have not attempted this recipe in a slow cooker, you can definitely make some minor changes so that it can work for a slow cooker. The chicken and bacon must still be pan-fried prior to putting it in the slow cooker.

The only other change is that instead of creating a roux with the flour and butter a cornstarch slurry will be used to thicken the sauce.

An equal part ratio of 1 tablespoon of cornstarch and 1 tablespoon of water should be beaten together and added to the sauce mixture in the slow cooker roughly 30 minutes prior to serving.

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Storage:

The creamy garlic chicken will last 2-3 days in the fridge if stored properly in an airtight container. As mentioned previously, storing the chicken in the freezer can last you a few months. Enjoy!

What to serve with Creamy Garlic Chicken

Just like my French Onion Chicken, I like to serve a green pea casserole, an Italian chopped salad, and some garlic knots to soak up the yummy sauce.

Tips for No Leftovers

  • Serve the pasta and chicken separately so you can mix and match the chicken with other sides of your liking.
  • You could also separate the chicken from the sauce altogether and top it with the sauce only upon serving.
  • If the sauce is too thick, thin out with chicken broth.
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces to allow for easier eating and reheating.
  • Serve with sliced bread to clean up every last drop of that creamy garlic sauce.

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This wholesome and hearty creamy garlic chicken recipe is perfect and can be made in under 30 minutes. Perfect for the whole family, picky eaters, garlic lovers, workaholics… this foolproof recipe is a winner!

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Creamy Garlic Chicken

Creamy Garlic Chicken

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

This Creamy Garlic Chicken is the answer to all your prayers – quick, simple, and tasty.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (pounded to equal thickness if needed)
  • dash of salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon all purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 head roasted garlic (roughly 15 cloves, mashed)
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup frozen green peas
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes (chopped)
  • 1/4 cup bacon (cooked and chopped)
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese (grated)
  • 4 cups cooked pasta, rice, or potatoes for serving

Instructions

  1. Make sure the chicken breasts are all the same size and thickness, trim and pound if necessary. Season the chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, over medium heat, cook the chicken breasts 4-5 minutes on each side. Cook until lightly browned on each side and the internal temperature is 165F. Remove from the pan and set aside while you make the sauce.
  3. In the same skillet you cooked the chicken in, add the butter and melt. Sprinkle in the flour and scrape the bottom of the pan to remove the brown bits. Add in the mashed roasted garlic cloves and make a "paste."
  4. While stirring, add the cream until the sauce thickens and is smooth (it's ok if the garlic is still in small chunks).
  5. Continue stirring and add in the peas, bacon, sun dried tomatoes, and cheese.
  6. Stir to combine and cook for 2-3 more minutes to combine the flavors.
  7. Return the cooked chicken breasts to the skillet and coat with the sauce.
  8. Keep warm and serve over prepared pasta noodles, spooning extra sauce over them.

Notes

  • Serve the pasta and chicken separately so you can mix and match the chicken with other sides of your liking.
  • You could also separate the chicken from the sauce altogether and top it with the sauce only upon serving.
  • If the sauce is too thick, thin out with chicken broth.
  • Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces to allow for easier eating and reheating.
  • Serve with sliced bread to clean up every last drop of that creamy garlic sauce.
  • This recipe adapted from Savory Experiments.

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    Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 806Total Fat: 62gSaturated Fat: 33gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 254mgSodium: 478mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 47g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and we can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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