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Creamy Chicken Scampi – Olive Garden Copycat

This Creamy Chicken Scampi recipe is the perfect Olive Garden Chicken Scampi Copycat recipe. Tender, juicy chicken breast, in a rich and creamy, garlicky sauce, with sautéed peppers and onions. It is a super simple one pot meal that comes together in about 30 minutes.

a white skillet with sautéed chicken, creamy sauce, peppers and onions, garnished with cheese and parsley

Ingredients in Creamy Chicken Scampi (Olive Garden Copycat)

Ingredient Notes

  • Chicken: For this creamy chicken scampi recipe, I use boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but you could also use chicken thighs. (More low carb chicken recipes)

  • Garlic: I am a firm believer that garlic should always be measured with your heart. Use as little or as much as you desire. Mince it quickly and easily with this garlic press.

  • Heavy Cream: The heavy cream is the base for the sauce. It is rich and silky and helps to thicken the sauce naturally, without the use of any thickening agents.

  • Parmesan cheese: This recipe calls for two types of parmesan cheese – finely grated and shredded. The grated Parmesan helps thicken the sauce and give it a delicious richness and the shredded parmesan makes the perfect garnish. Romano is also delicious in this dish.

  • Bell peppers: For a bright pop of color, I use a mix of red, orange, yellow and green bell peppers, but you can use any combination you want. (Try these Sloppy Joe Stuffed Peppers)

  • Red onion: Red onions are perfect for this recipe because they are mild and slightly sweet when sautéed, but they add a lot of flavor. You could also use shallots. (Try these Pickled Red Onions)

How to Make Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

Step by Step Directions

STEP 1: Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat 3 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, add the chicken tenders and pan-sear on both sides until they are a nice golden brown, about 3 minutes each side.

STEP 2: Remove the chicken from the pan, cover and set aside (Chicken will not be fully cooked at this stage.) Using the same pan, reduce the heat to medium and add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, the garlic and half of the onions. Sauté until the onions are tender and the garlic is fragrant.

STEP 3: Deglaze the pan with chicken stock. Using a rubber spatula, scrape off and mix in any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to low to simmer. Let simmer 2 to 3 minutes.

STEP 4: Add the heavy cream and allow to simmer 5 to 10 minutes to allow sauce to begin thickening. Mix in Parmesan cheese, sea salt and black pepper to taste.

STEP 5: Add chicken back to the pan, along with the remaining onions and the mixed bell peppers. Finish cooking the chicken in the sauce on medium-low. Let simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the peppers are crisp-tender, the sauce has thickened, and the chicken is cooked through. Plate the chicken and then pour the sauce over top. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and parsley before serving. Then ENJOY! This is the perfect Olive Garden Chicken Scampi Copycat.

What to serve with the Best Chicken Scampi Recipe

  • Serve it on top of Shirataki noodles – Tips for cooking below
  • Roasted Brussels sprouts with Creamy Dijon Cider Dressing
  • Sweet and Spicy Green Beans
  • Herbed Goat Cheese Cauliflower Mash
  • Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Caper Aioli

Recipe Tips and Variations

  • Storage: Store leftover creamy chicken scampi in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
  • Reheating: I recommend reheating this in a pan on the stovetop and adding a splash of cream to help bring the sauce back to life.
  • Change up the protein: Instead of making chicken scampi, you can also replace the chicken with shrimp to make a shrimp scampi. It is also delicious with pork or even salmon.
  • Add white wine: To enhance the flavor even more, replace half of the chicken stock with dry white wine.
  • Add more veggies: Amp up the nutritional value with more vegetables. Some of my favorites to add are mushrooms and broccoli.
  • Make it dairy free: To make this a dairy free creamy chicken scampi, you can use full-fat coconut milk in place of the heavy cream and use a vegan parmesan cheese, or omit the cheese altogether. For a cheesy parmesan flavor without using cheese, you can also add a couple of tablespoons of nutritional yeast to the sauce.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is creamy scampi sauce made of?

This is a take on a traditional scampi sauce, with the additional of cream and cheese – olive oil, butter, garlic, broth, white wine, red pepper flakes and parsley.

How do you cook shirataki noodles?

It is important to drain the liquid they are stored in and soak them in a bowl of fresh water for about 20 minutes. From there, drain them and give them another good rinse. If they still have an odor or feel a little slimy, soak them again. Then, drain them and dry fry them in a pan for abut 5 minutes.
Taking all of these steps will help them absorb the flavors you are cooking them in and lose a lot of that rubbery texture.

What are good dry white wines for cooking?

Pinot grigio, Sauvignon Blanc,

More Keto Chicken Recipes

  • Creamy Chicken Scampi – Olive Garden Copycat
  • Parmesan Crusted Chicken with Lemon Cream Sauce
  • Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
  • Chicken Scallopini with Tomatoes

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Creamy Chicken Scampi


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  • Author:
    Kyndra Holley

  • Total Time:
    40 minutes

  • Yield:
    Makes 4 Servings

  • Diet:
    Gluten Free


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This Creamy Chicken Scampi recipe is the perfect Olive Garden Copycat recipe. Tender, juicy chicken breast, in a rich and creamy, garlicky sauce, with sautéed peppers and onions. It is a super simple one pot meal that comes together in about 30 minutes.


Ingredients


Units
  • 1 ½ pounds chicken breast, cut into tenders sized pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 6 tablespoons butter, divided
  • ¾ cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 6 ounces mixed bell peppers (red, yellow, orange, green), sliced
  • 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian Seasoning (I use this brand)
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  • freshly shredded parmesan cheese, for serving and garnish
  • finely chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Instructions

  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat 3 tablespoons of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the butter is melted, add the chicken tenders and pan-sear on both sides until they are a nice golden brown, about 3 minutes each side. Remove the chicken from the pan, cover and set aside (Chicken will not be fully cooked at this stage.)
  2. Using the same pan, reduce the heat to medium and add remaining 2 tablespoons of butter, the garlic and half of the onions. Sauté until the onions are tender and the garlic is fragrant.
  3. Deglaze the pan with chicken stock. Using a rubber spatula, scrape off and mix in any bits that are stuck to the bottom of the pan. Add the Italian seasoning and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then reduce to low to simmer. Let simmer 2 to 3 minutes.
  4. Add the heavy cream and allow to simmer 5 to 10 minutes to allow sauce to begin thickening. Mix in Parmesan cheese, sea salt and black pepper to taste.
  5. Add chicken back to the pan, along with the remaining onions and the mixed bell peppers. Finish cooking the chicken in the sauce on medium-low. Let simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the peppers are crisp-tender, the sauce has thickened, and the chicken is cooked through.
  6. Plate the chicken and then pour the sauce over top. Garnish with Parmesan cheese and parsley before serving.

Notes

  • net carbs per serving: 4g
  • Storage: Store leftover creamy chicken scampi in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. 
  • Reheating: I recommend reheating this in a pan on the stovetop and adding a splash of cream to help bring the sauce back to life. 
  • Change up the protein: Instead of making chicken scampi, you can also replace the chicken with shrimp to make a shrimp scampi. It is also delicious with pork or even salmon. 
  • Add white wine: To enhance the flavor even more, replace half of the chicken stock with dry white wine. 
  • Add more veggies: Amp up the nutritional value with more vegetables. Some of my favorites to add are mushrooms and broccoli. 
  • Make it dairy free: To make this a dairy free creamy chicken scampi, you can use full-fat coconut milk in place of the heavy cream and use a vegan parmesan cheese, or omit the cheese altogether. For a cheesy parmesan flavor without using cheese, you can also add a couple of tablespoons of nutritional yeast to the sauce.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Category: Chicken Recipes
  • Method: Saute
  • Cuisine: Italian

Nutrition

  • Calories: 680
  • Fat: 34g
  • Carbohydrates: 8g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 38g

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**Recipe originally published on October 4th 2012 – Recipe updated on April 25th 2022**

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