Creamy Garlic Chicken (Dairy Free & Paleo)

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This Creamy Garlic Chicken is the latest recipe I’ve added to our dairy free comfort food collection. Picture sautéed chicken bathed in a creamy sauce all perfumed with garlic and savory flavor. It’s beyond delicious and so easy to make too!

A large white skillet with a wooden spatula scooping out Creamy Garlic Chicken.

This recipe is my latest answer to the ever present question, ‘what’s for dinner’? It’s perfect comfort food that’s healthy as well. And it’s just as good for a family dinner, or for an at home date night. It’s simple and creamy, but light enough for spring meals as well, especially when you pair it with roasted asparagus.

As the name ‘garlic chicken’ suggests, there’s lots of garlic in this dish. But it’s not at all overwhelming because the garlic is lightly browned first, then simmered into creamy submission. There’s also a subtle balance added with just a touch of Italian seasoning to round out all the flavors.

Creamy Garlic Chicken in a white skillet with a wooden spatula.

Let’s get started by talking about the ingredients for this Creamy Garlic Chicken!

  • Chicken – I used large chicken breasts, (8 oz each) cut into half lengthwise to make 4 chicken breasts about 1 – 1 1/2″ thick. You could also use boneless skinless chicken thighs as well.
  • Cassava flour – or regular all purpose flour, or Einkorn wheat flour all work here. The chicken is dredged in the flour then pan fried. And as it simmers in the sauce, that bit of flour thickens it perfectly. You could also try sprinkling a tablespoon or so of tapioca starch over the chicken breasts if you don’t have any of the flours listed. I wouldn’t personally recommend gluten free flours as they often add a weird bean-like taste to the final dish.
  • Garlic – As mentioned above, there’s a lot of garlic in this recipe. You’ll see below the recipe calls for a whole head, and that’s not a misprint! You’ll find that the garlic flavor isn’t as strong as you might think once it’s been thoroughly simmered. Also I like to cut the cloves in half lengthwise so they can completely soften in the sauce.
  • Seasonings – I add just a touch of garlic powder, (I know… more garlic, but trust me!) and some Italian seasoning. These both round out the flavors of the sauce and make sure you don’t taste the coconut milk.
  • Coconut milk – is what makes this garlic chicken creamy. And you definitely don’t taste the coconut flavor with everything else going on here. However if you want to go all out, you can sub in heavy creamy here as well!
  • Chicken stock – homemade chicken stock will always give you the best flavor. But if you’re looking for store bought, try and find a brand with low sodium.

And now let’s make this recipe step by step:

All the ingredients for the Creamy Garlic Chicken prepped on a wooden cutting board.

Step 1:

First we’ll prep all the ingredients and cut the chicken breasts in half lengthwise.

Browning the chicken breasts for the Creamy Garlic Chicken.

Step 2:

Next the chicken is dredged in the flour and pan fried just to brown each side. You don’t need to cook it all the way through at this point. It will finish cooking in the sauce at the end.

Cooking the garlic cloves for the Creamy Garlic Chicken.

Step 3:

Then we’re going to lightly brown the halved garlic cloves in melted ghee or olive oil. The browning add lots of ‘roasted garlic’ flavor to the final sauce.

Simmering the sauce for the Creamy Garlic Chicken in a white skillet.

Step 4:

After the garlic is browned, you’ll add the seasonings along with the liquids. From here the most crucial part of the recipe is to keep the sauce at a slow simmer. This allows the garlic to fully soften and not be overwhelming, and the sauce to reduce.

The finished Creamy Garlic Chicken in a white skillet with a parsley sprig.

Step 5:

The final step is to simmer the chicken in the sauce until the chicken is done in the center. I like to sprinkle a touch of parsley over the top for a bright pop of color, and touch of fresh flavor.

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I really hope you enjoy this simple and comforting dinner. And if you do get a chance to make it, I hope you’ll leave me a comment/rating below. I always love hearing from you here! Also for lots more dairy free dinner recipes, check out the recipe index.

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The finished Creamy Garlic Chicken in a white skillet with a parsley sprig.

Creamy Garlic Chicken


  • Author: Kari
  • Prep Time: 15
  • Cook Time: 30
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Perfect comfort food, this Creamy Garlic Chicken is great paired with simple roasted veggies like broccoli or asparagus.


Ingredients

Scale

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 1 pound, cut in half lengthwise

1/4 cup cassava flour, all purpose, or Einkorn flour

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 tablespoons ghee, butter, or olive oil

1 bulb garlic, peeled and clove cut in half lengthwise

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1 cup chicken stock

1 can coconut milk, 13.5 oz

1/21 teaspoon sea salt, to taste it will vary depending on chicken stock

1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper, to taste

Chopped fresh parsley for optional garnish


Instructions

Preheat a large, 12″ skillet over medium high heat. Meanwhile dredge the 4 pieces of chicken in the cassava flour.

When the pan is hot, add the tablespoon of olive oil and 2 of the chicken breasts. Cook to brown each side, 2-3 minutes per side, then remove them from the pan and set them aside. Repeat with the remaining 2 chicken breasts.

Lower the heat to medium low, then add the ghee or additional olive oil to the pan along with the halved garlic cloves. Cook for 2-3 minutes stirring as the garlic cloves begin to turn light brown.

Then add the garlic powder, Italian seasoning, chicken stock, and coconut milk to the pan. Bring the mixture to a boil, scraping up the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.

Reduce the heat to maintain a light simmer, and cook until the garlic cloves are completely softened, 15-20 minutes. The sauce will reduce by about 1/2.

When the garlic is done, add the chicken breasts back to the pan and simmer until they’re done in the center, 6-8 minutes, turning once in the middle of the cooking time.

Garnish with a sprinkling of fresh parsley and serve.

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American

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