Italian Creamy Garlic Chicken

Italian Creamy Garlic Chicken can be ready in 30 minutes. The colors in this dish are amazing and the taste is even better. The flavor of the garlic and tomato blend well in the creamy sauce. There is no need for pasta to absorb this delicious sauce. It is perfect by itself. It is also a one skillet dish and goes from the stove top to the plate with little clean up. A perfect Italian dinner ready quickly with no fuss . . . what can be better? We almost forgot – it is very low carb with less than 6 grams per serving.


Eliminate the Pasta

When we moved to Arizona, prior to adopting the low-carb lifestyle, we found an excellent Italian restaurant only a mile from our home. The restaurant served pasta with virtually every dish. They even featured a spaghetti and meatball dinner every for only $5.99.  It was delicious. But even their chicken, beef, and veal dishes were all served over pasta.

We haven’t been back very often now that we are low-carb foodies. But they do have an appetizer or two that we found are low carb. We have even adopted a few of their dishes creating our own recipes.

Preparation Tips

The first time we made this dish we felt it needed something to make it tasty. Garlic, garlic, garlic! We also added some red pepper flakes for a little kick and we salted and used pepper to our taste. Although we use a lot of spinach, we also found that combining the chicken with a side of broccoli sautéed in butter and garlic continued the theme and went well with the dish. Feel free to use your favorite low-carb vegetable. Brussel sprouts are finding more favor in the kitchen recently and we have a delicious recipe with Brussel Sprouts and Bacon.


Also, you may need a bit more olive oil to cook the chicken, but make sure that you do not overcook, since it will continue to cook when reserved in foil and also when you put it back in the pan. Use your judgment on the amount of chicken stock needed to de-glaze the pan.

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Our next tip on cooking would be to make sure that you whisk the heavy whipping cream vigorously, especially after adding the parmesan cheese. This will help to thicken the dish. The time to accomplish this may vary depending upon your heat and on how thick and creamy you want the sauce. The garlic will continue to flavor as it thickens and all the flavors meld together.

Once you add the spinach and tomatoes, the spinach will wilt quickly.  Do not overcook. The spinach will continue to wilt when you add the chicken back to the dish. Make sure that the chicken juices are not discarded. Add them into the pan. Finally, a quick stir to coat the chicken and you are ready to plate and enjoy our delicious Italian Creamy Garlic Chicken.

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Italian Creamy Garlic Chicken – A Taste of Italy – A One Skillet Classic!

Light a candle, put your favorite checkered tablecloth on the table, add some Andrea Bocelli or Pavarotti softly in the background. Then enjoy a taste of Italy. You will feel like you are actually at your favorite Italian restaurant only without the carbs and with all the flavor and taste. With only a bit over 5 grams of carbs you might even be tempted to add a very small glass of Merlot to highlight the meal. But you did not hear that from us. Enjoy the meal!

Italian Creamy Garlic Chicken

Recipe by Joanie and Chris
4.8 from 79 votes
Course: MeatCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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Italian Creamy Garlic Chicken is a one skillet recipe with tons of Italian flavors, low carb, and sure to become a favorite! A perfect low-carb classic!

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  • Add olive oil to a large skillet and cook chicken on medium high heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until golden.
  • Remove the chicken and wrap in foil.
  • Use a splash of chicken stock to deglaze the pan then add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook for 1 minute.
  • Whisk the heavy whipping cream, the remaining chicken stock, Italian seasoning, and parmesan cheese until it begins to thicken.
  • Add the spinach and tomatoes and let simmer until the spinach begins to wilt.
  • Unwrap the chicken and add the meat and juices back to the pan and cook 1-2 minutes just until blended and hot.


Chef’s Notes

  • Add sea salt and pepper to your taste and adjust the red pepper flakes if you wish.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 659.5kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 6g
  • Protein: 59.7g
  • Fat: 43.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 19.9g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Cholesterol: 225.7mg
  • Sodium: 810.4mg
  • Potassium: 1102.2mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 2.8g
  • Vitamin A: 2570IU
  • Vitamin C: 8.4mg
  • Calcium: 380.3mg
  • Iron: 1.4mg

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  1. Sharon Shoop

    This is my new favorite dinner! So delicious!!!

    • Joanie and Chris

      So pleased you enjoyed my recipe! It is one of our favorites and made often. Thanks for the comment . . . Joanie.

  2. Family loves, as they call it, “THE chicken dish” 🥰. We added diced red bell peppers, sometimes asparagus tips, and noodles on the side for the teens.

    • Joanie and Chris

      So pleased your family enjoys my recipe. I make it often and it is always “Tasty!” I hope you enjoy more of my recipes and thanks again for the kind words . . . Joanie.

  3. Started Keto diet recently and came across this recipe, best chicken dish I’ve ever tasted the sauce is incredible very pleased

    • Joanie and Chris

      So pleased you enjoyed my recipe. Welcome to the Keto world. Make it a lifestyle. I hope you enjoy more of my recipes. Thanks again . . . Joanie.

  4. It was so good.

    • Joanie and Chris

      Thanks so much! We have made that recipe for years, it is one of our favorites . . . Joanie.

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