Creamy Garlic Herb Chicken {One of the Best Easy Chicken Recipes} (2024)

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

Servings: 4

Prep10 minutes minutes

Cook15 minutes minutes

Ready in: 25 minutes minutes



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

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

  • Season both chicken with salt and pepper.

  • 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.

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

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

  • 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.

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

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

  • Return chicken to pan, spoon sauce over chicken.

  • Sprinkle with parsley if desired and serve immediately.

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

  • Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts

Creamy Garlic Herb Chicken

Amount Per Serving

Calories 399Calories from Fat 207

% Daily Value*

Fat 23g35%

Saturated Fat 9g56%

Cholesterol 152mg51%

Sodium 342mg15%

Potassium 751mg21%

Carbohydrates 5g2%

Sugar 3g3%

Protein 40g80%

Vitamin A 660IU13%

Vitamin C 4.3mg5%

Calcium 111mg11%

Iron 0.8mg4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

Course: Main Course

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Garlic Herb Chicken, Pan Seared Chicken

Author: Jaclyn

Creamy Garlic Herb Chicken {One of the Best Easy Chicken Recipes} (2024)


What is the secret to moist chicken? ›

Brining helps the chicken retain moisture. Marinate the Chicken:Marinate the chicken in a flavorful mixture of herbs, spices, and acidic ingredients like yogurt, buttermilk, or citrus juice. Marinades not only add flavor but can also help tenderize the meat.

How to cook chicken breasts so they are moist and tender? ›

Getting a good sear through medium high heat, then reducing the heat to LOW and COVERING the chicken while it cooks. The butter, oil, and chicken juices create a super flavorful liquid that acts as a way to steam the chicken at a low temperature, ensuring that it is moist & tender on the inside.

What is the most flavorful way to cook chicken? ›

Flavor Trick #1: Marinate Whole or Sliced Chicken Breasts for 30 to 90 Minutes Before Cooking. Marinating not only adds flavor, but the combination of healthy fat and acid in most recipes also helps tenderize the meat.

Why do people put mayo on chicken before cooking? ›

The mayo will lock in moisture and will improve the browning on the grill, leaving you with delicious, charred grill marks that will take your chicken to the next level. Once you try this mayo marinade you won't grill chicken without it again.

What is the best cooking method to keep chicken moist? ›

Sear and Bake

For chicken breast that's crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, employ the sear-and-bake method. Brown the outside of the meat on a pan then finish it off in the oven.

Is it better to bake chicken at 350 or 400? ›

Guidelines for Baking:
  • For bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, consider baking at 350°F for a longer time (45-55 minutes), checking the internal temperature to ensure doneness.
  • For boneless, skinless chicken thighs, you can bake at 400°F for a shorter time (25-35 minutes), again checking the internal temperature.
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How do you keep chicken moist in the oven? ›

Cooking them at high heat ensures the crispy, caramelised edges, while keeping your chicken super juicy on the inside. Once the chicken is golden and caramelised, it's cooked! Let it rest for about 5 minutes to recirculate all of those natural juices through the meat.

What brings out the flavor in chicken? ›

Marinating is good for flavouring and tenderising your chicken at the same time. It's best to marinate your chicken overnight to give the flavours plenty of time to infuse. A faster way to add flavour is to simply brine your chicken in salty water prior to cooking.

What makes chicken taste really good? ›

Marinate them.

If you're cooking chicken breasts without skin or fat, infuse them with some extra flavor and liquid to keep them tender. Choose your favorite marinade and throw them in a ziploc bag with the marinade. Marinate them overnight before grilling, baking, or searing. The difference is uncanny.

What spices enhance the flavor of chicken? ›

5 best spice and herbs blends for chicken and meat
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  • Coriander and cumin.

How does Jamie Oliver make chicken casserole? ›

Add the chicken, celeriac, parsnips and potatoes to the pan. Stir in the Marmite, add a good grinding of black pepper and stir to coat. Pour in the hot stock, bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to low. Crumple up and wet a piece of greaseproof paper, then open it out and place on top of the stew.

What does buttermilk do to chicken? ›

The secret to making the perfect fried chicken is the use of buttermilk, as it helps tenderize each piece while leaving each bite juicy and crispy. After marinating, dredge your chicken pieces in the flour mixture and get to frying!

Do you rinse buttermilk off chicken before cooking? ›

When marinating chicken in buttermilk, there's no need to rinse it before cooking. In fact, rinsing would wash away a lot of the flavor your just infused! Simply remove the chicken from the buttermilk and let the excess marinade drip off.

How do you cook chicken without drying it out? ›

Her suggestion: Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a pan in a single layer, cover with a few inches of liquid (water, broth, etc.), add flavorings (spices, salt, herbs, soy sauce, etc.), then bring the liquid just barely to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat so the liquid simmers.

How do you cook chicken so it doesn't dry out? ›

If you're really craving chicken breasts, just memorize the best ways to cook them in the oven. Using a method called “dry-poaching” is best. It involves covering the breasts with a piece of parchment paper before they go in the oven. This allows them to baste in their own juices so they cook up to be tender and juicy.

How do caterers keep chicken moist? ›

Brining: Before cooking, some restaurants soak their chicken in a brine solution, which is a mixture of water, salt, and sometimes sugar and other seasonings. Brining helps to tenderize the meat and keep it moist during cooking.

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