Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Chicken breasts cooked in a creamy garlic parmesan cream sauce. This quick and flavorful one skillet 20-minute dish is great on with pasta or a side of veggies! 
Creamy Parmesan Garlic Chicken Garlic and parmesan are a match made in heaven. I’m addicted to garlic. I love the smell and flavor of garlic simmering in olive oil or butter. There really is no better aroma or flavor. Add parmesan to the fragrant garlic and you’ve got yourself a flavor combo that is out of this world.

This quick and tasty garlic and parmesan chicken is super easy to make so it’s great for busy weeknights when you just need to whip up something fast. It’s all made in one pan in under 20 minutes. The chicken is first cooked in olive oil and seasoned with just salt and pepper. After the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the pan and add some minced garlic to the same pan. Cook the garlic for no more than 30 seconds just to until it begins to turn golden.

The next step is adding the cream, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. I used light cream but half & half or heavy cream will work too! If you’re a fan of spinach like we are, toss in a cup of chopped spinach at this point! Simmer the sauce for a few minutes then return the chicken to the pan. Enjoy this creamy chicken on pasta or with a side of veggies!
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Creamy Parmesan Garlic Chicken

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Serves: 4


  • 4 small-medium chicken breasts (or 2 large halved)
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup light cream (or half & half, or heavy cream)
  • 1 tablespoons Italian seasoning (or oregano)
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1 cup spinach, chopped (optional)


  1. Season chicken with salt and pepper. Heat olive oil in a large heavy skillet or pan. Add chicken to the pan and cook for 5-6 minute per side or until the outside is golden and the chicken is cooked through (cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts).
  2. Remove chicken from the pan and add garlic; stir for 30 seconds. Add the creamy, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese. Stir to combine. Stir in 1 cup of chopped spinach if desired. Simmer for another 2-3 minutes.
  3. Return chicken to the pan and simmer for another minute then turn off heat. Spoon sauce over chicken. Serve with pasta or veggies.

Creamy Parmesan Garlic Chicken


  • Anonymous

    I almost ruined this dish!! The chicken came out so nice and crispy pan seared but when I took it out and added the garlic and other ingredients when they mixed with the bits on the bottom of the pan it tasted so bad !! Luckily the ingredients were quick to throw together again after I washed out the pan. I’m so glad I didn’t give up on this dish because it turned out amazing !! I didn’t have any cream so I used milk with melted butter (as per my google search for a substitute) and added in some corn starch to the sauce to thicken it. Served with garlic mash and it was so good! Definitely a keeper but next Time I’ll wipe down the pan before adding the garlic and other ingredients !

  • April

    This dish was so easy and quick to make. My husband and I loved it!! I served it over linguine. Next time I’ll add mushrooms. My husband said, “That recipe is a keeper!”

  • Michael Lofaso

    Making this is sort of like a cross between how I make my “World Famous” White Chunky Chicken Chili and Alfredo Sauce.

  • Jecelyn

    Hello! If I make pasta to go with this dish will there be enough sauce to spoon over it or would I need to make extra sauce?

    • Samantha

      Hello! I just made this meal right now and I was also worried about that. I would definitely make some extra sauce. It was enough to cover my pasta, but it’s still on the dry side.

  • Sandra Farrar

    I made this tonight as written with the exception of adding maybe up to 1/4 cup chicken stock. The chicken was moist and tender and the meal with extremely delicious. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe. I’m keeping this one for future use many times over and have shared your recipe on Facebook so others can make and enjoy it.

  • Michelle

    OMG I just recently moved in with my partner and I don’t, DON’T know anything about cooking so today I bumped into this recipe and OMG this is so easy and fast to make and it’s so delicious I’m telling you my boyfriend loved it . the only thing is that I did add mushrooms and potatoes and it tasted so good … I loved it ❤!

  • maría celeste

    Hola Layla, hoy conocí tu cocina, mil gracias por compartir tus conocimientos, es muy util para mi que no se cocinar, pero le mostré a la cocinera y le encantó por la sencillez y ricas verduras combinadas, una delicia. Felicitaciones y que continúen los éxitos. Celeste de Paraguay

  • Rust

    I just love opening my morning email to a dish like this, it takes away my uncertainty about “what to cook for dinner”. This dish looks incredible! Thanks! (wonderful photos too!)

  • Miriam

    🙋Hi! I am a very busy mom with no energy 😋I love all your super easy, super fast, all made in one pan recipes. THANK YOU so much for share them with all of us!💞

    • Layla

      Hi Miriam, Thank you so much for being a valued reader of my blog! I’m so happy to hear that you and your family are enjoying my recipes <3

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