Creamy Garlic Chicken

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  • 260KCAL

Creamy Garlic Chicken has taken our social media by storm; this rich and indulgent dish is so delicious while still being low in calories and Points!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories260
  • Carbs13g
  • Protein33g
  • Fat5.2g
  • Saturates2.5g
  • Sugars7.2g

For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card below. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff in the blurb!

One of our most popular recipes EVER in our Facebook group since it was published in our first book, we are delighted to share our delicious Creamy Garlic Chicken. This recipe is so rich and full of flavour, it’s hard to believe it’s been nowhere near a jug of cream!

We’ve packed some mushrooms in for extra variety and plenty of garlic so it even smells fabulous while it’s bubbling away! Using low fat cream cheese is a fantastic way to make this tasty meal feel super indulgent, without the high calories of a traditional, cream-based dish. Using clever swaps like this means you can enjoy a wonderfully decadent dinner without compromising on your diet.

Serve it with rice, pasta, chips, roasties: the possibilities are endless and you’ll fall in love with this slimming friendly dinner in no time!

What diets is this Creamy Garlic Chicken suitable for?

This Creamy Garlic Chicken recipe is suitable for gluten free diets if you substitute the following ingredients for gluten free versions:

  • Stock cube
  • Worcestershire sauce

Henderson’s Relish is a great gluten free alternative you can use to keep it gluten free!

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Creamy Garlic Chicken recipe?

  • You need to count 5 Points per portion of this Creamy Garlic Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Green. 
  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Creamy Garlic Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Creamy Garlic Chicken recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make this Creamy Garlic Chicken?

Everything should be easily available in the supermarket. Make sure you use the white wine vinegar and Worcestershire sauce to deglaze the pan – those little browned bits are so flavourful and no need to waste them!

This recipe is featured in our first cookbook on Page 119. You can order your copy here.

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How many calories are in this Creamy Garlic Chicken?

There are 260 calories per portion in this Creamy Garlic Chicken recipe, which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Creamy Garlic Chicken is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet, and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers. 

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Season the chicken with a little sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then set aside

Step 2

Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place on a medium heat

Step 3

Add the chicken to the pan and quickly seal on all sides, then remove the meat from the pan, and set aside

Step 4

Return the pan to the medium heat.  Add the vinegar to the Worcestershire sauce and deglaze the pan with the mixture, scraping and stirring the browned bits from the pan – use some of the stock if you need to. When most of the liquid has evaporated spray the pan with some low calorie cooking spray. Add the onion, mushrooms and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes until they start to brown, then add the Dijon mustard and cook for a minute or two, stirring constantly

Step 5

Add the stock to the pan and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half

Step 6

Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cream cheese, making sure there are no lumps of cheese remaining

Step 7

Return the chicken to the pan, stir well and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the chicken is cooked. If the sauce looks a little thick you can add some more water until it reaches the consistency you prefer

Step 8

Sprinkle with the chopped chives and serve

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What could I serve with this Creamy Garlic Chicken?

You could serve Creamy Garlic Chicken with anything! It goes really well with pasta, rice and potatoes. If you need some inspiration, try these sides:

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How long can you keep this Creamy Garlic Chicken in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.

You can keep leftovers of Creamy Garlic Chicken in the fridge for approximately 3 days or so.

Can I freeze Creamy Garlic Chicken?

Yes you can! This recipe can be frozen, but please remember to do the following;

  • Freeze it as soon as it is cold enough.
  • Use a container or bag that is suitable for freezing.

Don’t forget to add a label with what it is, and on what date you put it in the freezer!

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Creamy Garlic Chicken

Creamy Garlic Chicken has taken our social media by storm; this rich and indulgent dish is so delicious while still being low in calories and Points!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    20 MINS
  • KCals 260
  • Carbs 13G

Ingredients

  • 400 g chicken breast or thigh thinly sliced
  • 1 onion thinly sliced
  • 175 g light cream cheese
  • 3 cloves garlic thinly sliced or crushed
  • 250 g button mushrooms thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 400 ml meat stock made with 1 chicken stock pot and 1 beef stock pot
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • fresh chives chopped, to serve
  • paprika to serve
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Season the chicken with a little sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, then set aside
  2. Spray a large frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and place on a medium heat
  3. Add the chicken to the pan and quickly seal on all sides, then remove the meat from the pan, and set aside
  4. Return the pan to the medium heat.  Add the vinegar to the Worcestershire sauce and deglaze the pan with the mixture, scraping and stirring the browned bits from the pan - use some of the stock if you need to. When most of the liquid has evaporated spray the pan with some low calorie cooking spray. Add the onion, mushrooms and garlic and sauté for 5 minutes until they start to brown, then add the Dijon mustard and cook for a minute or two, stirring
  5. Add the stock to the pan and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half
  6. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the cream cheese, making sure there are no lumps of cheese remaining
  7. Return the chicken to the pan, stir well and simmer for 5-10 minutes until the chicken is cooked. If the sauce looks a little thick you can add some more water until it reaches the consistency you prefer
  8. Sprinkle with the chopped chives and paprika, if desired

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Vivien EdwardsMonday 22nd March 2021

Love this recipe but I substitute the Dijon mustard for Wholegrain mustard as I like it a little bit stronger and it is delicious. Having made this a few times now I also add peppers/courgettes in I have any.

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    HollyMonday 22nd March 2021

    Hey Vivien, thanks so much for your message and tips for this recipe!

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SophieThursday 18th March 2021

Hello

What could you use instead of white wine vinegar please

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    HollyMonday 22nd March 2021

    Hi Sophie, you could substitute the white whine vinegar for rice vinegar or red wine vinegar, hope that helps!

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TheaThursday 18th March 2021

Can you use stock cubes instead of the stock pots for this? Its the only thing I don’t have in at the moment!

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    HollyMonday 22nd March 2021

    Hey Thea, yes you can swap for stock cubes but the flavours may not be quite as rich as stock pots have a more concentrated flavour, hope that helps!

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TinaThursday 18th March 2021

Hi! Can you use mix the recipe and use half the quantity of low fat soft cheese and top up with quark? Would this affect the flavour?
Thanks

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    HollyMonday 22nd March 2021

    Hi Tina, a cream cheese and quark combination will be fine for this recipe just remember to alter the calories accordingly, hope that helps!

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Ashley MandersonTuesday 16th March 2021

Are the portion sizes meant to be tiny? Or am I doing something wrong?

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    HollyWednesday 31st March 2021

    Hey Ashley, if you’d like larger or smaller portions you could alter the serving size and alter the calories accordingly. If you scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page there are a little set of arrows next to serving size and you can scale the recipe up or down. Hope that helps!

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Sally ReardonTuesday 16th March 2021

Really enjoyed this recipe. Simple to make, and all the family enjoyed it. It’s very rich so you won’t need a huge portion!

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    HollyWednesday 17th March 2021

    Hey Sally, thanks so much for your message we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

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BrittanyMonday 8th March 2021

How many grams is considered a portion size for this

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    HollyMonday 8th March 2021

    Hey Brittany, We work out our recipes on the serving size not by weight. To work out your own weight of a serving you would need to make the finished dish and divide servings, as the weight will vary due to variation of ingredients and water content it’s not something we can do as an exact measure. If you scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page on the website there is a little arrow by servings and you can alter up or down to serve more or less people. Hope that helps!

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ZiggyFriday 26th February 2021

This is a firm fav in our household. We’re trying to consume less meat and this week I plan to substitute with Quorn, do you think using veg stock instead of a chicken or beef will change the taste of this dramatically?

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    HollyFriday 26th February 2021

    Hey, you will be fine to swap the stock cubes for vegetable instead of chicken the flavours will still be great!

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AbiiSaturday 20th February 2021

I always make this and add lots of spinach at the end til wilted and its so good!! 😍 I like it with pasta, my partner likes it with veg and potato! Yum yum yum!

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    SharonMonday 22nd February 2021

    Hi Abi, we’re so pleased to hear that this is one of your favourite dishes and we like the sound of the wilted spinach. It sounds delicious! Thanks so much for sharing your idea.

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LaurenThursday 18th February 2021

What would you serve this with? Thanks x

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    SharonThursday 18th February 2021

    Hi Lauren, creamy Garlic Chicken would be delicious served with rice, pasta, or any potatoes such as mashed potato, boiled potatoes, chips or roasties.You could also serve it with some green vegetables such as green beans, broccoli or peas for example. Hope this helps and you enjoy the recipe.

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NatalieTuesday 9th February 2021

How would you do this in a slow cooker ?

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    HollyWednesday 10th February 2021

    Hi Natalie, I’m not really sure the Creamy Garlic Chicken is suitable for the slow cooker as the cream cheese may separate and curdle. There are lots of other slow cooker recipes on our website just use the recipe finder tool to filter them. Hope that helps!

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Bethany TraynorTuesday 9th February 2021

Hi, can you leave out mushrooms or is there anything you can substitute them for?

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    HollyTuesday 9th February 2021

    Hi Bethany, you could make this without mushrooms and maybe add some sliced green beans or courgette instead. Hope that helps!

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    RosieFriday 26th February 2021

    I’ve made it with courgette and broccoli instead of mushrooms and they’re a good replacement.

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      HollyFriday 26th February 2021

      Hey Rsoie, thanks so much for your advice on vegetable swaps in this recipe!

Mo ReeneWednesday 3rd February 2021

Hi could you use Philly light garlic & herb cheese please

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    LisaThursday 4th February 2021

    Hi Mo
    Yes you can. It’s really good using a garlic and herb cream cheese

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Tracey CharlesWednesday 13th January 2021

Do you have to use button mushrooms? Or can you just chop mushrooms you already have? Thanks

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    HollyThursday 14th January 2021

    Hi Tracey, yes you can chop any mushrooms for the Creamy Garlic Chicken hope that helps!

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      Tracey CharlesMonday 18th January 2021

      Oh My Gosh.. this was amazing!! Highly recommend, you could even make just the sauce and use on steak…

      HollyTuesday 19th January 2021

      Hey Tracey, glad you enjoyed this and pouring the sauce on steak sounds lovely!

RebeccaSunday 10th January 2021

Just made this – wow 😋😋😋

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    HollyMonday 11th January 2021

    Hey Rebecca, so glad you enjoyed the Creamy Garlic Chicken!

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EmmaTuesday 5th January 2021

Hi

How many grams is each serving please?

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    HollyTuesday 5th January 2021

    Hi Emma, this recipe serves 4 if you scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page there is a little arrow by servings and you can alter up or down to serve more or less people. Hope that helps!

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NicSunday 3rd January 2021

Hi! Is the meat stock in this recipe made up as per the instructions on the stock packaging (ie 500ml water per stock pot) and then you just use 400 ml of the litre you’ve made? Or….do you put a whole chicken stock pot s as of a whole beef one into 400ml of water and use that? Thanks

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    HollyMonday 4th January 2021

    Hi Nic, the Creamy Garlic Chicken uses 1 chicken and 1 beef stock pot made up with 400ml of boiling water. Hope that helps!

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Clodah SharpFriday 1st January 2021

Could someone explain why the calories in the actual books for all the recipes are lower in calories yet they’re a lot higher on the website? just a bit confused because the recipes and ingredients are the exact same. This is the case with majority of the recipes. This isn’t helpful for someone who’s on a calorie controlled diet because I don’t know which calories to go by….

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    HollyWednesday 6th January 2021

    Hi Clodah, The book went to print to the best of our knowledge and calculations. However, it is always the case that books have corrections and errors on a first print. Once any typos, spelling errors or calorie calculations are found, these are submitted to our publisher so that the corrections can be made for reprints, so the most recent print of the book will always be the most correct. In this case the Creamy Garlic Chicken nutritional information on the website is the most up to date and correct information. Hope that helps!

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LouFriday 1st January 2021

Any alternative to the mushrooms? I like but my husband and daughter not so much, fed up with carrot all the time as that’s my go to alternative. Not quite sure what would work. Any suggestions?

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    LisaSaturday 2nd January 2021

    Hi Lou, you could try courgette, broccoli or peppers. Sugar snap peas or mange tout would work well too. You could use most veg really. Hope this helps.

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Lauren bowellMonday 30th November 2020

Can you use quark instead of cream cheese and mustard powder instead of Dijon mustard? Thanks

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    HollyThursday 3rd December 2020

    Hi Lauren, we haven’t tested this recipe that way but the quark should work okay and you can swap the Dijon mustard for mustard powder just start with 1/2 tsp first as it may be quite strong compared to the Dijon mustard. Hope that helps!

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JayneSunday 29th November 2020

Hello! Can you make this in the slow
cooker and if so how long would it take and what kind of temperature setting?

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    HollyMonday 30th November 2020

    Hi Jayne, we aren’t sure this would work in a slow cooker as the sauce needs to reduce too much and this recipe is better cooked quickly. I’ve found a few alternatives for slow cooker recipes that you could try, Slow Cooker Beef and Baked Bean Stew , Beef Paprikash or Mexican Chilli Beef. We also have a guide HERE on how to convert recipes for the slow cooker which gives you some tips and a time conversion chart. Hope that helps!

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HollySaturday 28th November 2020

Should I defrost this before heating or is it fine to put in the microwave from frozen?

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    HollyMonday 30th November 2020

    Hi Holly, you should defrost the Creamy Garlic Chicken before reheating. Hope that helps!

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Charlotte MarsdenFriday 27th November 2020

I absolutely love this recipe, I’m just a bit confused about the calories as in the first book there are 187 calories per serving but on the website its 260..

Charlotte

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    HollyMonday 30th November 2020

    Hi Charlotte, The first book went to print to the best of our knowledge and calculations. However, once any errors or calorie calculations are found, these are submitted to our publisher so that the corrections can be made for reprints. This is the case for this recipe and the calories are correct on the recipe card on our website and in any future reprints of the first book. Thanks Holly

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Gemma JacksonFriday 27th November 2020

Could this be made with quorn chicken instead of chicken?

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    HollyMonday 30th November 2020

    Hey Gemma, yes you can swap the chicken for a meat free alternative like Quorn. Thanks for your message

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ShannenWednesday 18th November 2020

How do you recommend re heating this dish once cooled in the fridge? Love this recipe

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    HollyThursday 19th November 2020

    Hey Shannen, to reheat from chilled pop it in a microwave proof container with a loosely fitting lid or cling film and heat for 4-7 minutes until piping hot. Hope that helps!

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MollyWednesday 11th November 2020

Hi there

I don’t mind it, but my friends eating this have asked are there any recommendations as to how to reduce the salty taste of this dish??

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    SharonThursday 12th November 2020

    Hi Molly,
    If your friends are finding the recipe too salty for their taste, you could leave out the salt used to season the chicken next time. If you want to reduce the salt further you could use one stockpot of your choice instead of two. Do hope this helps.Thanks for getting in touch.

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LaurenFriday 6th November 2020

Can this be made with chicken thighs? Love this recipe, the perfect comfort food for these cold nights!

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    SharonFriday 6th November 2020

    Hi Lauren, yes, you can make this with either sliced chicken thighs or chicken breast. We’re really pleased to hear you love this recipe, it’s certainly a very popular one!

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JadeWednesday 21st October 2020

This my all time favourite, hardly any calories but fills like a naughty meal. Bonus is my 3 children like it too.

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    HollyThursday 22nd October 2020

    Hey Jade, so glad you enjoyed the Creamy Garlic Chicken it’s definitely a favourite amongst our facebook group members!

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MichelleSaturday 26th September 2020

Meal planing went out the window when I developed tonsillitis this week, finally getting my appetite back and this is my go to meal that I’ve been craaaaaaaaaaving! Excited to cook tomorrow is an understatement 🙂

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    HollyTuesday 29th September 2020

    Hi Michelle, hope you are feeling better and enjoyed the Creamy Garlic Chicken it’s one of my favourites too!

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MelanieFriday 25th September 2020

This is really quick, easy and delicious!!

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    HollyFriday 25th September 2020

    It’s one of our favourites too! Thanks for getting in touch!

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