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Creamy garlic chicken in a skillet with fresh herbs.
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4.9 from 11 votes

Creamy Garlic Chicken with Thyme

The BEST garlic chicken! Tender chicken breasts served in a mouth-watering garlic cream sauce with lightly caramelized onions and fragrant thyme are a winning dinner, every time!


  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • kosher salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion chopped
  • 12-15 whole cloves peeled garlic
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • fresh thyme, parsley, and lemon wedges, for garnish optional


  • Slice each chicken breast in half lengthwise so you have 4 thin pieces. Sprinkle both sides of each piece lightly with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  • Warm the olive oil and 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter melts, add chicken and cook for 3-4 minutes on each side, until it forms a nice golden crust and is cooked through. Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Add the onion and cook for 2-3 minutes. Using the back of a knife, smash half of the garlic cloves, then add both the smashed and whole cloves to the pan with the onions. Cook 2-3 minutes more, until the garlic is fragrant and lightly browned on the outside, then add chicken broth, lemon juice, and thyme. Scrape the bottom of the pan to deglaze any browned bits, and let the sauce simmer for about 4 minutes. It should be noticeably reduced.
  • Reduce heat again to medium-low, then stir in the cream. Return chicken to the skillet and let everything simmer gently for 2-3 minutes to blend the flavors. Garnish with fresh thyme and parsley, lemon wedges, and a little more black pepper, as desired. Serve and enjoy!



You can also buy thin-sliced breasts to save the trouble of slicing them yourself. Just watch the cooking time closely, because if they're very thin, they'll cook extremely fast and may become dry.

Nutrition Estimate

Calories: 237kcal, Carbohydrates: 6g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 23g, Saturated Fat: 13g, Cholesterol: 63mg, Sodium: 97mg, Potassium: 86mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 723IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 25mg, Iron: 1mg
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