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Chicken Recipes for Every Occasion

Written by: Emily Smith

This creamy garlic parmesan chicken is my go-to comfort food. It's a simple dish, but the flavors are rich and satisfying. The creamy sauce is a dream, and the chicken is always tender.

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Ever crave something truly decadent, rich, and comforting? I've got just the dish. This creamy garlic parmesan chicken will transport your taste buds straight to a rustic Italian osteria. Juicy chicken bathed in creamy, garlicky, parmesan goodness – it's a melody of flavors that's downright irresistible. Trust me, one bite and you'll be transported to your happy place. Give this recipe a whirl and let your kitchen become an Italian escape. You won't regret it!

Ingredients for Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken

  • Chicken breasts: Lean protein that serves as the main component of the dish, absorbing flavors and staying tender when cooked properly.
  • Olive oil: Adds richness and helps brown the chicken, while also providing a base for the creamy sauce to develop.
  • Garlic: Infuses the dish with a deep, aromatic flavor that complements the richness of the cream and cheese.
  • Chicken broth: Provides a savory base for the sauce, enhancing the overall depth of flavor in the dish.
  • Heavy cream: Creates a luscious and creamy sauce that coats the chicken, adding richness and a velvety texture.
  • Parmesan cheese: Adds a salty, nutty flavor to the sauce, while also helping to thicken and enrich it.

Essential Tools and Equipment

  • Skillet: Essential for browning the chicken and making the creamy garlic parmesan sauce.
  • Tongs: Needed for flipping the chicken breasts while cooking in the skillet.
  • Grater: Used to grate the parmesan cheese for the creamy sauce.
  • Measuring cup: Necessary for accurately measuring the chicken broth and heavy cream for the sauce.

Serves: 4 people

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 20 minutes

Total time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)

Instructions:

  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until browned on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
  3. In the same skillet, add minced garlic and cook for about 1 minute until fragrant.
  4. Pour in chicken broth and scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
  5. Stir in heavy cream and Parmesan cheese until the sauce is smooth and creamy.
  6. Return chicken to the skillet and simmer for about 10 minutes until chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened.
  7. Garnish with chopped parsley before serving.

Nutritional value:

Per Serving in Calories: 540 kcal | Carbohydrates: 5 g | Protein: 42 g | Total Fat: 38 g | Saturated Fat: 19 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 180 mg | Sodium: 780 mg | Dietary Fiber: 0 g | Sugar: 1 g | Calcium: 420 mg | Potassium: 620 mg | Iron: 2 mg | Vitamin A: 800 µg | Vitamin C: 4 mg

Prep Now, Enjoy Later: Make-Ahead Tips

Make Ahead Instructions

  • Cook the recipe as directed and allow it to cool completely.
  • Store the cooked chicken and sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.
  • When ready to serve, reheat gently on the stovetop until warmed through.

Freezing Instructions

  • Cook the recipe as directed but do not garnish with parsley.
  • Allow the dish to cool completely before transferring it to a freezer-safe container.
  • Freeze for up to 3 months.
  • To serve, thaw overnight in the refrigerator and reheat gently on the stovetop until warmed through. Garnish with fresh parsley before serving.

One interesting fact about this creamy garlic parmesan chicken recipe is that you can enhance the flavor by adding a splash of white wine to the sauce for a subtle depth of taste. Enjoy!

Common Questions About This Creamy Chicken Recipe

FAQ:
Can I use bone-in chicken for this recipe?
Yes, you can use bone-in chicken, but adjust the cooking time as needed to ensure it's cooked through.
Can I substitute the heavy cream with a lighter option?
You can use half-and-half or milk for a lighter version, but the sauce may not be as creamy.
How can I make this dish gluten-free?
To make this dish gluten-free, ensure the chicken broth and parmesan cheese are gluten-free certified.
Can I prepare this dish ahead of time?
You can prepare the sauce ahead of time, but I recommend cooking the chicken fresh for the best taste and texture.
What can I serve with creamy garlic parmesan chicken?
This dish pairs well with pasta, rice, or a side of roasted vegetables for a complete meal.

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