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One Skillet Creamy Chicken

December 10, 2018

The use of chicken thighs and other common ingredients helps make this meal more affordable plus cooking in a single skillet makes clean up so much easier.

From start to table in less than 30 minutes, this is a recipe that checks all the boxes for quick, easy and delicious!

(Adapted from the team at RealSimpleGood)

Active Prep time: 10 minutes (note, to save even more time you can prep the ingredients for the sauce while the chicken is cooking)

Cook time:  ~25 minutes

Total:  ~30 minutes

Serves 4 people

Ingredients 

For the Cream Sauce
  • 1/2 onion (diced);
  • 6 garlic cloves (minced);
  • 1 cup milk (or heavy cream)*;
  • Salt (to taste);
  • Fresh ground black pepper (to taste);

Optional Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley (chopped, for garnish);
  • 6 cups fresh spinach; or
  • 2 cups cooked rice; or
  • 3-4 cups cooked egg noodles;

Preparation

  1. Heat a large skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium heat.  Cook diced bacon until crispy--about 5 minutes;
  2. When cooked, set bacon aside on a paper towel lined plate;
  3. Drain off most of the bacon grease from the skillet;
  4. Place chicken thighs in the hot skillet and season with about half of the Italian seasoning.  Cook for 5-6 minutes;
  5. Flip chicken thighs, season with remaining Italian seasoning and cook for another 5-6 minutes--until chicken is completely cooked (around 165 degrees on your instant read thermometer);
  6. When fully cooked, remove chicken thighs and set aside with the bacon;
  7. In the same skillet, cook the diced onions for about 3-4 minutes, stirring occasionally;
  8. To the onions, add the milk, garlic, salt and pepper.  Stir thoroughly;
  9. Turn heat to low and add chicken and bacon.  Simmer for about 5 minutes.  Occasionally lightly stir the sauce and "baste" the chicken with sauce to ensure all the flavors are fully combined;

 

 

Serving

  1. Serve over a bed of rice, noodles, spinach or with a side of roasted broccoli;
  2. Pour extra sauce over the chicken;
  3. Garnish with fresh parsley;  
  4. Enjoy!

* Note: Feel free to experiment with whatever milk you normally drink, heavy cream if you have it, or coconut milk.  Whatever you choose, the more fat in the liquid, the more "creamy" the sauce.

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