Quick and easy One Pan Creamy Garlic Chicken with Potatoes is taken from plain to phenomenal with brown butter caramelized chicken breasts (or thighs if that's your preference) and charred potatoes. It is the quintessential hearty one skillet winter meal which makes the perfect cold weather comfort food for the whole family.
One Pan Creamy Garlic Chicken with Potatoes and Garden Herbs
I don't know if winters have been getting colder, or if I am just getting
wussier less tolerant of the cold as I get older, but I struggle with the cold every time the season rolls around.
I have pulled my Ugg boots out already and it's still autumn here!
As a result, I have been craving ALL the comfort food I can get my hands on, and this skillet of creamy garlic chicken and potatoes served up with a big side of steamed veggies can definitely warm up the coldest of days.
What Ingredients Are Needed For This Skillet Chicken Dish?
The classic combination of chicken, potatoes, and fresh herbs makes for a hearty, wholesome meal the whole family can enjoy.
We have lightened it up by swapping out the traditional heavy cream for some whole milk and kicked it up a notch by caramelizing the chicken in a brown butter sauce.
What you get is an AH-mazing combination that is light yet hearty, rich, smooth, and delicious.
I am getting all drooly just thinking about it 😛
The Best Way To Serve Up Creamy Garlic Chicken
I like to serve this as is, with a big bowl of steamed veggies on the side. Green beans and broccoli go particularly well.
More ideas to change things up:
- if you aren't scared of carbs then serve on some rice to soak up the delicious sauce.
- Add some extra veggies to the rice dish and make it a creamy garlic chicken nourish bowl
- Alongside a nice big salad
It's rare to have leftovers with this dish as it is very moreish.
If you do end up with some leftovers then you can:
- easily turn it into a creamy garlic chicken pasta by loosening up the sauce with some chicken stock, slicing the chicken breasts, and adding some freshly cooked pasta to the whole dish and giving it a good stir.
- slice the chicken and serve it in a wrap for lunch with some salad leaves.
I hope you love this lightened-up family favorite as much as we did. Next time try one of these meals:
- Insanely Easy Chicken Fajita Casserole Bake
- One-Pot Tortellini and Creamy Garlic Soup
- Garlic Pepper Skillet Green Beans
- Baked Chicken Leg Quarters from Feast on a Fraction
One Pan Creamy Garlic Chicken with Potatoes and Garden Herbs
- 2 tablespoon Green Valley Organics butter
- 4 chicken breasts (or about 6 chicken thighs) pounded to be of equal thickness
- 1 cup thinly sliced potatoes (I used sierra red. Make sure you cut them thinly or they will not cook quickly enough)
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped
- ½ teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
- ½ teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- 1 cup whole milk (sub in heavy cream if you want something more indulgent)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Season the chicken with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Melt the butter over medium-high heat in a large pan or skillet. When it is slightly brown and has a nutty smell, add the chicken to the pan and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side until browned and cooked through. Transfer to a plate and cover to keep warm.
- Add the sliced potatoes, garlic, herbs and spices to the pan and cook for about 3 minutes. Flip and cook for a further 3 minutes until the potatoes are browning on the edges.
- Add the whole milk or cream and cook, stirring every so often, for another 5 minutes. The sauce should be hot and slightly thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Pop the chicken back into the pan and turn to ensure it is evenly coated in the cream sauce. Garnish with more fresh herbs and serve hot with a side of steamed vegetables (I served with carrots and broccoli).
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Delicious. 10/10 stars
My family Loved this. Thank You for sharing!!
I love a one pot dinner! This definitely would be amazing with some rice to soak up all the sauce. Great tip on using the leftovers for pasta - this would make a great day 2 lunch!
I am loving all the one-dish dinners. Chicken is always a hit. I know my family would love this. I will be sure to make lots so we can have another meal too.
Thanks for this delicious recipe. I love one pan recipes because they are quicker and less clean up. This was a big hit with my family too!
Less clean up is always a huge bonus!!
You had me at "one pan"! This recipe is so flavorful and incredible. I loved how easy it is to make.
It's hard to say no to one pan meals!
Renee Goerger says
I love the rich flavor of this dish. Especially when I use heavy cream. Yum!!
I am a huge garlic fan so I knew I had to try this chicken. It is delicious! So glad I found this recipe!
Has anyone actually made this dish?! I see 5 Star ratings with comments like “this recipe looks great!” It drives me nuts! Please, if you haven’t made the dish, don’t give it a rating. It messes with people who are looking for recipes that other people actually made.
I don’t get how the recipe calls for “either 1 cup whole milk or 1 cup low fat yogurt “. The consistency of either are really different so I don’t see how you can use either one. Has anyone tried both?
Hi Joe, you are right, the consistency of both are very different. But in the recipe they turn out pretty similar, if not a little thinner when using the milk. The starch from the potatoes tends to thicken it up just nicely though. I tried both approaches (twice) before posting the recipe, and decided to include an either/or approach after receiving a number of emails from readers asking for substitutions for the yogurt. Personally I prefer using milk as it requires less mixing than the yogurt. Hope that helps.
Nicole Shillings says
Mmmm! This looks fantastic! I'm always on the hunt for a new one pan meal.
One pan meals are the best on weeknights!!
Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy says
This is my kind of dinner! I love the easy of one pan meals, and this one looks absolutely delicious!! What a great idea to substitute heavy cream with organic yogurt. Green Valley Organics products are my favorite!
We love one pan meals as well - why make more dishes for yourself? The Green Valley Organics products are so yummy aren't they! My kids are totally obsessed with the Kefir - so creamy 🙂
J @ Bless Her Heart Y'all says
The Green Valley yogurt and butter sound amazing in this recipe! This dish looks and sounds so warm and heavenly and I love the idea to combine it with some pasta for a second twist!
Thanks 🙂 The yogurt and browned butter definitely makes a great twist - we have been loving it 🙂
That sauce sounds luscious! Love the idea of using yogurt instead of heavy cream. Our weather has been so unpredictable this year (it was weirdly 70+ degrees in NJ a few days ago!), but we're back to the colder temps and a one pan dinner like this is perfect for cozying up.
Our weather had been the same!! So hard to predict, but I am definitely not complaining about the break in the rain for the moment 🙂 The yogurt definitely lightens the whole dish up, which we love!
I love the idea of the yogurt in this! This dinner looks like perfection, and so perfect to warm up with! Can't wait to try this one!
Thanks Leah 🙂 The yogurt has been a favorite addition around here!!
Matthew Cetta says
Oh man. This not only looks delicious but it's only 1 dish. Seriously screw dishes.
Right?? Who wants to finish a delicious dinner and then have to clean the kitchen? Not me 🙂
Oooh I love a good one pan meal! This looks like the perfect way to win dinner! YUM!
Thanks Jenni 🙂
I bet the yogurt substitute is so nice... I like the tang it will add. The fact that its a one pan meal is just icing on the cake! Pinning!
Thanks Michele, we really love it!! One pan meals are always a yes in our house 🙂
Lisa | Garlic & Zest says
This is my favorite kind of winter meal -- one skillet, hearty and delicious. Just pour the wine -- but, oops, you've got the baby belly. I'll drink yours for you -- cause that's the kind of girlfriend I am!
Haha love it 🙂 In three weeks or thereabouts I will totally join you with the wine!!
Sarah @ Champagne Tastes says
I love using yogurt instead of cream to lighten things up! And our winter hasn't been a winter- it was almost 80 today! Normally it would be in the 20s right now- this is so bizarre. I hope things warm up for you soon!
Oh wow, that is definitely not a winter!! The weather has been so weird lately hey! Yogurt works so well in savory dishes, we love it 🙂