Creamy Garlic Herb Chicken

04.10.2018

This Creamy Garlic Herb Chicken is one of the best chicken recipes! It so quick (ready in 25 minutes) and it really is just so easy to make! No marinating, no lengthy bake time, no waiting for a grill to preheat, just pan sear it in a skillet and finish it off that rich and creamy garlic herb sauce. This is how you do easy weeknight chicken dinners!

Pan Seared Chicken

Easy Chicken Recipes

You can never have too many easy chicken recipes right? I’ve quickly lost count of how many I’ve shared on here because chicken is my go-to choice of protein and I prepare it for dinner probably 3 or more times per week.

It’s packed with protein, it has a mild flavor so the ways you can season it and cook with it are endless, it’s very lean, and it’s filling. My sister and I were actually talking about our top 5 foods we can’t live without and chicken would easily be one of mine.

Quick Chicken Recipe

Pan Seared Chicken

What’s your go-to method for cooking chicken? In the summer mine is usually grilling but until it warms up outside I’m all about that pan seared chicken. Also when I’m in a hurry to get dinner on the table I love this easy method.

So how do you pan sear chicken? It’s so easy! Here’s the process I like to use:

  • Evenly pound the chicken breasts out to an even thickness using the flat side of meat mallet. Or alternately butterfly and halve 12 oz chicken breasts (cut right through their thickness into 2 portions).
  • Preheat a large heavy bottom skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Drizzle just enough olive oil into the preheated skillet (I’ve found 1 1/2 Tbsp works perfect for me).
  • Add chicken breasts in an even layer then let cook, undisturbed until golden brown on bottom, about 6 – 7 minutes.
  • I also like to cover the skillet with a splatter screen right after I add the chicken, it reduces the splattery oily mess.
  • Flip the chicken and cook one the second side until chicken registers 165 in center, about 5 – 7 minutes (I highly recommend using an instant read thermometer, overcooked chicken breasts will be dry and tough).
  • Then transfer to a plate, tent with foil and let rest a few minutes before serving so the juices can redistribute.

Easy Chicken Recipe

In my opinion this really is one of the best ways to cook chicken breasts because you get that nice golden brown exterior, plus it’s a good method to be able to attend them closely so they don’t overcook. And I love those tasty browned bits that I left behind from the chicken at the bottom of the pan, they add so much flavor to sauce, glazes, soups etc.

I like to pair this chicken with pasta for that extra sauce. Linguine, orzo, or angel hair are all good options – and feel free to add a little browned butter and parmesan too!

Then good veggie options are steamed asparagus or broccoli. I’m pretty boring and basic when it comes to sides for weeknight meals.

Pan Seared Chicken Breasts with Creamy Garlic Herb Sauce

This chicken was inspired by one of my most popular recipes – Chicken with Garlic Herb Butter Sauce. This one is a similar idea in flavor but it has a rich creaminess thanks to a roux, milk, and just enough cream cheese.

I’ve already made this 3 times over the past few weeks and plan to make it many more!

I love that this is a recipe everyone in my family loves! Kids will likely finish it off without asking that question that’s always on repeat – “how many more bites do I have to eat?” Pour some of the sauce over their asparagus and they might finish it off without a single complaint :).

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Creamy Garlic Herb Chicken

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This is one of the best chicken recipes! It comes together so quickly and it really is just so easy to make. No marinating, no lengthy bake time, no waiting for a grill to preheat, just pan sear it in a skillet and finish it off that rich and creamy garlic herb sauce.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 399 kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 oz) boneless skinless chicken breasts,
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh garlic (3 cloves)
  • 2 tsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (anything but skim)
  • 4 oz. cream cheese, diced into small cubes
  • 1 tsp minced fresh thyme*
  • 1 tsp minced fresh rosemary*
  • 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley (optional)

Instructions

  1. Pound chicken evenly with the flat side of a meat mallet to 1/2-inch thickness.

  2. Heat skillet over medium-high heat then add oil.

  3. Season both chicken with salt and pepper.

  4. Place chicken in skillet and cook 6 - 7 minutes, or until golden brown on bottom, the flip and continue to cook until chicken breasts register 165 degrees in center, about 5 - 6 minutes longer.

  5. Transfer chicken to a plate, tent with foil to keep warm.

  6. Reduce burner to medium heat and melt butter in now empty skillet.

  7. Add in garlic and saute until just lightly golden, about 20 seconds. Add in flour and cook and stir constantly until just lightly golden, about 20 seconds.

  8. While whisking pour in milk, then add in diced cream cheese, rosemary and thyme. Season with a little salt and pepper to taste.

  9. Cook mixture whisking constantly to melt cream cheese, and let it come to a simmer.

  10. Return chicken to pan, spoon sauce over chicken.

  11. Sprinkle with parsley if desired and serve immediately.

  12. *Look for the poultry herb blend, which should have both thyme and rosemary, so you don't have to buy both separately.

  13. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Garlic Herb Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 399 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 23g 35%
Saturated Fat 9g 45%
Cholesterol 152mg 51%
Sodium 342mg 14%
Potassium 751mg 21%
Total Carbohydrates 5g 2%
Sugars 3g
Protein 40g 80%
Vitamin A 13.2%
Vitamin C 5.2%
Calcium 11.1%
Iron 4.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

4 comments

  • Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet: Skillet chicken with creamy sauce is always a delicious idea in my book! This is happening soon! April 11, 2018 at 10:03pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Anna! I hope you love it! April 12, 2018 at 11:48am Reply

  • Stella Hampers: Now this is what I call a winner chicken dinner! Yes to all the creaminess and easiness! A five star meal. Love it!! April 12, 2018 at 8:58am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Stella! April 12, 2018 at 11:46am Reply

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