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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4.8 from 25 votes

Creamy Parmesan Garlic Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author Layla


  • 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
  • 1/2 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, reduce heat to low-medium, and add garlic; stir for 30 seconds. Add the cream or half and half, 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


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    Made this for dinner last night. I have no words….so delicious. I served it with mashed potatoes and cooked buttered carrots. I will make it again….AND probably try it with the spinach next time.
    I will DEFINITELY Be trying more of your recipes.




    Easy & delicious!


    mmm this looks so yum ! definately having this for lunch. would say dinner but I can’t wait that long lol


    I.made this for dINNER TONIGHT AND IT’S REALLY GOOD. QUICK AND EASY! I cut my chicken.breasts in chunks since I was starting dinner kind of lateand needed cook faster, then seasoned them with the italian seasoning, then cooked. Added fresh basil too. I served mine with pasta for my kids and zucchini noodles for myself and husband. I time ill add the spinach


    is this good for a keto diet?


    I made this tonight for dinner and it was a hit with my husband and two picky teenagers. It says it serves four but I would recommend doubling the recipe if you have big eaters (or teenage boys)!

    Thank you for a delicious recipe that I’ll make again and again.


    im goina give this a try tomorrow looks too good


    Everything about This looks incredible. I will definitely be going to the store tomorrow to get some cream so I can make this. One of my favorite smells is garlic cooking in butter. *drooling now*


    I’m wondering if the sauce taste close to an alfredo. If I made chicken alfredo and made this dish a few days later would it seem like I made the same dish twice in one week? Since the only thing I’m really missing in this recipe compared to my alfredo is cream cheese I’m worried it’ll be too similar.

    Bruce Deniger

    loved it!!




    the worps were great ..My daughter liked it espicially the taste of the chees with the cheken


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        jo shmo

        RUDE MUCH? Maybe this person has a learning disability, or maybe their fingers are broken. you don’t know their story so buzz off.


          This could be their second or third language as well.

          How many languages does rude ass know?


        He or she maDe their point. NO one is perfect and normal people overlook things like this. Obsessed people whO think they’re perfect criticize.


        Do you Mind shutting the fuck up?


    I put some sweet onions in with the garlic and then de-glazed my pan with some chardonnay before adding the half n half and it was a very good


    Made this tonight served over linguini. So, so good! Husband loved it too… we will make again.

    marIssa bronowski

    wE loved this So yummy


    Is the parmesan cheese the kind from the can or freshly Grated?


      I used the freshly grated but any will work.


    What would go with this dish? My husband and I are trying to figure out what can be served with it. We love it so much.


      I make it with garlic mash! I’m making it tonight actually again it’s so delicious !


      Asparagus would be nice with it, too!


      1…..I WOULD USE WHITE RICE with some chopped spinach mixed in with some roasted garlic (depending ON HOW MUCH GARLIC YOU USE IN MAIN DISH, ME PERSONALLY, I could NEVER USE TO MUCH GARLIC, LOVE IT!) SERVE OVER RICE. — or–

      2. Yuca/Yucca with roasted garlic and some Cilantro

      sharon urspruch

      Angel hair pasta! delish

    Ron Garbutt

    Made this dish as posted. It was very flavorful and chicken was tender and moist. Only problem I had was curdling and not enough sauce. Should heat be reduced before starting cream sauce?


      Yes, If the heat is really high it can curdle the cream.Next time lower it before adding the garlic and cream.


    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 !


      Good call to re-do the dish! sometimes if the pan is really hot the garlic burns and gives a bitter taste that is unpleasant. Next time, be sure to lower the heat before adding the garlic! 🙂


    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!”


      yum, glad you and your husband enjoyed the dish, April! 🙂

    Michael Lofaso

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

    Ryan Williams

    Hello just found your page! Love it! But what kind of cream do I use?

      Heather Driscoll

      Hey Ryan!

      I’m making this dish as I type & I just used regular whipping cream.


      Light or heavy cream should work fine!


    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?


      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.


    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 ❤!


      Yum! Potatoes and mushrooms sound like a great addition. Did you par-boil the potatoes first?

    Sergio Ramos

    Mmmmm! Spreading the word on this one!

    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


      Hola María, ¡muchas gracias por leer mis blogs y probar mis recetas! ¡Estoy tan feliz de que los disfrutes y que tengo lectores de Paraguay!


    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!)


      Thanks so much, Rust! I’m sure you will enjoy this dish as well <3


    🙋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!💞


      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