Roasted Garlic Chicken Skillet Recipe

Yields: 4 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25-30 minutes

Ingredients

Chicken

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (or 6-8 skinless chicken thighs)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Garlic Flavor Base

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 heads of garlic (about 20 cloves), peeled

Creamy Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Optional Garnishes

  • Freshly chopped parsley
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

Preheat and prep: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). If using chicken breasts, pound them to an even thickness for faster and consistent cooking. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.

Roast the garlic: Slice the very top off the heads of garlic to expose the cloves. Drizzle with a bit of olive oil, wrap in foil, and place directly on an oven rack. Roast for 25-30 minutes, or until the cloves are tender and slightly golden.

Cook the chicken: Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove chicken from the skillet and set aside temporarily.

Make the sauce: Reduce heat to medium. Add the butter to the skillet and melt. Add the flour and whisk constantly for 1 minute to cook out any raw flour taste. Gradually whisk in the chicken broth, ensuring a smooth consistency. Bring to a simmer.

Creamy garlic goodness: Squeeze the soft roasted garlic cloves from their papery skins and add to the sauce. Stir in cream and thyme. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Finish the chicken: Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the skillet. Nestle the chicken into the sauce. Place the entire skillet in the oven and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through (internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F).

Garnish and serve: Sprinkle with fresh parsley and/or Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately with your favorite sides like mashed potatoes, rice, or roasted vegetables.

Tips

  • Don’t skimp on the garlic: Garlic lovers, feel free to increase the amount for an even more intense flavor.
  • Make-ahead options: You can roast the garlic ahead of time.
  • Adjust the creaminess: If you want a thicker sauce, simmer it a little longer before adding the chicken back in.
  • Best skillet: A cast-iron skillet is ideal for its heat retention.

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