Garlic Chicken: a quick, flavorful, healthy dinner you’ll want to make all the time

Total time: 30 Min
Difficulty: Low
Serves: 6 people
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Tender, juicy garlic chicken is a terrific fast dinner for busy evenings. It's made from pieces of chicken cooked in a savory herb and garlic butter and fried to golden brown perfection. The succulent chicken pieces are topped off with a shockingly delicious homemade gravy made by deglazing the pan.

Garlic chicken is incredibly versatile and goes great with all sorts of classic side dishes like mashed potatoes, wedges, rice, noodles, and more! It's tasty, healthy, and quick to make – what more could you ask for?

Tips for Making the Best Garlic Chicken

If there's a ton of oil in the skillet, keep about a tablespoon or so and drain off the rest. You don't want overly oily gravy.

Add some cayenne pepper or chili powder for a kick.

For a smokier flavor, add a dash of smoked paprika.

Although it doesn't seem like a lot of flour, one tablespoon should do the trick, giving your chicken just the right amount of crispiness on the outside.


What to Serve with Garlic Chicken

You'll want something to soak up all that delicious gravy, so try serving your garlic chicken with rice or mashed potatoes. Cauliflower rice or mashed cauliflower are excellent substitutes if you're looking for a low-carb side dish for your garlic chicken. Other great sides include salads, roasted vegetables, garlic knots, French fries, and noodles. Another option is to add the chicken to pasta or risotto.

How to Store Garlic Chicken

Store leftover garlic chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

for the chicken
large chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, cut into 1-inch cubes
All-purpose flour
1 tbsp
Salt and black pepper to taste
Extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp
Garlic, minced
1 tbsp
fresh parsley, chopped
3 tbsp
2 tbsp
medium lemon, quartered
for the gravy
All-purpose flour
1 tbsp
low-sodium chicken broth
1 cup
Unsalted butter
1 tbsp

How to Make Garlic Chicken

Place the chicken in a bowl. Add flour, salt, and pepper, and toss to coat.

Pour oil into a large skillet and heat over high. Put the chicken in the skillet and cook in a single layer for 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and cook for 3 to 5 minutes.

While the chicken is cooking, mix the garlic and parsley in a small bowl.

Put the butter in the skillet.

Add the herb-garlic mixture. Cook for 1 more minute, splashing the melted herb butter onto the chicken. Set the chicken on a plate.

Add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet. Whisk in the flour, stirring until it dissolves.

Pour in the chicken broth.

Cook over medium heat until the gravy reaches your preferred consistency.

Pour over the chicken, then serve and enjoy!

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