Creamy Garlic Chicken

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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 coated in a creamy sauce all perfumed with garlic and savory flavor. It’s beyond delicious and so easy to make too! It’s naturally gluten-free and dairy-free, but there’s also a heavy cream option listed as well. This recipe is simple enough for a weeknight dinner, but stunning enough to serve for date-night or entertaining.

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 the 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.

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 and 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 canned 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.

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 adds 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 chopped parsley over the top for a bright pop of color, and a touch of fresh flavor.

Ways to serve this


What goes with Creamy Garlic Chicken?

Freshly cooked pasta, steamed rice, and mashed potatoes all go well with garlic chicken. You’ll also find my extra side dish serving suggestions below.

Can you freeze Creamy Garlic Chicken?

Yes but with reservations because it can cause the sauce to break. Your best bet is to thaw it overnight in the fridge then reheat adding a touch of water if needed to help the sauce stay together.

Storing leftovers

  • To Store – place any leftovers into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
  • Reheat – by placing the leftovers into a skillet and warming over low to medium heat until heated through. You may need to add a touch of water depending on how much sauce you have.
  • Freeze – place any leftovers into an airtight container and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months. The sauce may break as you thaw it or reheat it, I add a touch more water to help bring it back together.
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More comfort food chicken recipes

I really hope you enjoy this creamy garlic chicken recipe. 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.

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

Creamy Garlic Chicken

5 from 11 votes
Author: Kari Peters
Total Time 45 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Course: Dinner


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts - 2, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/4 cup cassava flour - all purpose, or Einkorn flour
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp ghee - butter, or olive oil
  • 1 bulb garlic - peeled and clove cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 cup chicken broth or stock - low sodium
  • 1 can coconut milk - 13.5 oz or 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2-1 tsp sea salt - to taste it will vary depending on chicken stock
  • 1/4 tsp ground black pepper - to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley for optional garnish


  • 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.
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To Store – place any leftovers into an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 4 days.
Category: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keywords: Creamy Garlic Sauce for Chicken, Dairy Free Garlic Chicken, Easy Garlic Chicken Recipe, Healthy Garlic Chicken, Whole30 Garlic Chicken

nutrition facts

Calories: 452kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 453mg | Potassium: 692mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 0.4g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 4mg
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20 thoughts on “Creamy Garlic Chicken”

    • I’m not sure if oat milk would work in place of coconut milk but I think it would. It might be a bit less creamy than canned coconut milk though. I hope you’ll let me know how it goes if you end up trying it!

  1. 5 stars
    Made this tonight for dinner and the whole family loved it! Used coconut milk and chicken tenderloins. Served over penne gf pasta with green beans! Yum. Thanks!

    • I’m so glad to hear you and your family enjoyed it! And thanks so much for the serving suggestions as well, sounds like a wonderful dinner!

    • Yes that’s exactly what’s happening, if the oil separates from the coconut milk in the sauce it’s because there isn’t enough ‘water’ liquid left and the fat separates. You can fix this by adding a touch of water and swirling the pan to combine until it emulsifies again. Or you can also remove the chicken, whisk just enough water (or more coconut milk) into the sauce to bring it back together. I hope this helps and be sure to let me know how it goes!

  2. 5 stars
    Made this last night and it was EXCELLENT. My husband loves dairy and didn’t miss it at all. He said it was one of his favorites. Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    Made exactly according to directions and this was SO delicious! I’ve been hesitant to try recipes with coconut milk for fear of a coconut flavor, but you can’t tell at all. It’s just creamy and garlic-y. I served over rice. Thank you! A definite keeper.

    • So glad to hear you enjoyed it! And I can definitely say the same, I was surprised that the coconut flavor really doesn’t come through.

  4. 5 stars
    So yummy!!! Reminded me of chicken Marsala as I added some mushrooms to ours! My husband loved it…which is not an easy one with me having to be dairy,egg, and soy free while breastfeeding! He was shocked when I told him it was dairy free! I will definitely be adding this to our go to meals!

    • That really makes my day to hear that he enjoyed it, and it’s always the best compliment when no one knows it’s dairy free!

  5. 5 stars

    • Yes you can definitely use stock and broth interchangeably. Just be sure to add salt to taste since each brand of chicken stock or broth really varies. I sure hope you enjoy this, and definitely let me know how it goes!


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