Creamy Garlic Chicken

  • 10MINS
  • 20MINS
  • Serves 4
  • 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

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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!

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Amazing Flavours
So easy to make I left the chicken breasts whole and cooked for longer. Didn’t have the vinegar but the taste was amazing. Even hubby cleared his plate. Definitely one to make again.
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The recipe was perfect, I didn’t change anything.
A gorgeous meal, the whole family enjoyed, the chicken was perfect and loads of mushrooms, just how I like it. Loved the added paprika at the end.
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I added 180g of rice just to fill it up a bit. Really tasty!
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Add a little extra ...
I added more button mushrooms as they go so well with the lovely creamy sauce.
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This was so good!
I wish I'd of prepped everything first, onions and mushrooms chopped ready etc but know now for next time!
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Creamy garlic chicken with tagliatelle and carrots 🥰
Reduce the stock element down a little longer to make the sauce thick and creamy. Serve on top of tagliatelle for a real winner!
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Very versatile dish and always tastes amazing. Delicious!
We always love this dish. Today I used chicken fillets and wrapped them in bacon. In the sauce I added a little baby spinach from the garden and peppers instead of mushrooms. Always tastes special. So versatile and easy to do!
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A regular favourite in our houses.
As always we added cherry tomatoes, mushrooms & fresh chillis to put our own twist on this recipe & (we think) improve it! 👍
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Easy peasy
I used chicken fillets instead. It took longer to cook but was delicious
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Quick, easy and simply delicious.
I can’t believe this is a healthy dish, the sauce was so rich and creamy. I used turkey steaks instead of chicken breast as they were so much cheaper but they didn’t disappoint. Will definitely be making this again.
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Family favourite easy and quick to cook
Freezes well and doesn't lose any flavour
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So tasty
I just make the sauce on its own then add to whatever meat I fancy just portion the sauce and freeze and get out when needed. Also make using chestnut mushrooms for a slightly different taste both versions are yummy!
Very quick and easy to make! A family favourite!
We enjoyed it with steamed broccoli and basmati rice but would also be delicious with pasta too!
Creamy and full of flavour
A great low calorie dinner and easy to pull together
Tasty Dish that goes with anything.
This simple dish hits the spot. Easy to cook, all in one pan and goes well with pasta, rice and vegetables. My boys ask for this dish often a favourite on the meal planner. Try adding strips of bacon... its amazing
So simply to follow.
I added a handful of spinach for extra veggies.
Creamy garlic chicken
Amazing with baby potatoes and rice or just put it on a jacket potato. I also love to put it with pasta!!

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‘A gorgeous meal, the whole family enjoyed, the chicken was perfect and loads of mushrooms, just how I like it. Loved the added paprika at the end.’

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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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Jane McCruddenSaturday 12th February 2022

Looking to make this tonight…1 stock cube, and how to make thicker? Please

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    SharonTuesday 15th February 2022

    Hi Jane, if you use one stock cube instead of the two stock pots, the flavour might not be quite as rich a stock pots have a more concentrated flavour. Make sure to reduce the liquid by half (step 5) before stirring in the cream cheese. If you then find the sauce is a little too thin for your taste, keep simmering, uncovered, for longer until it is a consistency you’re happy with. Hope this helps and enjoy the recipe!

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NicoleTuesday 1st February 2022

I’ve been using this recipe for a while now, I always cook it from scratch but saw on here that you can freeze it. What’s the best way of reheating it after defrosting?

I’ve also been mixing in tagliatelle sometimes, it’s delish!

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    HollyFriday 4th February 2022

    Hey Nicole, ensure the chicken is defrosted thoroughly, cover the chicken and pop in the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Remove, stir, and cook for another 2-3 minutes until piping hot. Hope that helps!

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CaroleannWednesday 19th January 2022

Can the cream cheese be replaced with quark?

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    HollyThursday 20th January 2022

    Hey Caroleann, yes you could swap the cream cheese for quark in this recipe, hope that helps!

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FayeWednesday 5th January 2022

Hi, I’m a little confused. In the book, this recipe is a weekly indulgence but on the website, it is an everyday light, so I’m not sure what to class it as.

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    HollyThursday 6th January 2022

    Hey Faye, in our books we sometimes include suggested accompaniments when we classify our dishes. For example a curry may come in at under 400 calories, but you would generally serve curry with rice or naan bread, which would then take it into the Weekly Indulgence category. So this Creamy Garlic Chicken is in our Everyday Light category as it is but would generally be served with an accompaniment it would then most likely change to our Weekly Indulgence category to be a complete meal. Hope that helps!

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NicolaSaturday 25th December 2021

is there anything i can substitute mushrooms with?

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    HollyMonday 3rd January 2022

    Hi Nicola, you could swap the mushrooms for diced peppers or courgettes. Hope that helps!

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TylerSunday 24th October 2021

I made this today and even though I am not a major mushroom fan, it all came out nice.
The next time I make It I would only add one stock cube as it’s just too salty, plus I’d only add 350mil of water as it was slightly runny for me. Great recipe though!

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    HollyWednesday 27th October 2021

    Hi Tyler, thanks for your message we are glad you enjoyed this recipe. The tweaks to make it more to your taste sound great!

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Julia KavanaghThursday 26th August 2021

Do you have the seal the chicken?

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    HollyTuesday 31st August 2021

    Hi Julia, we think it’s best to seal the chicken for this recipe, hope that helps!

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Sally1979Tuesday 24th August 2021

Absolutely delicious served with the hasselback potatoes & tendersteam broccoli

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    HollyTuesday 31st August 2021

    Hi Sally, thanks for your message so glad to hear you enjoyed this alongside the hasselback potatoes!

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Chere CookSaturday 7th August 2021

Read all the reviews and decided to make this, and it was absolutely delicious. Thank you so much.

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    HollyThursday 12th August 2021

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

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PaisMonday 2nd August 2021

Would you be able to reheat this dish due to containing cheese?

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    HollyTuesday 3rd August 2021

    Hey Pais, yes you can reheat from chilled: cover and pop into the microwave for 2-3 minutes. Remove, stir, and cook for another 2-3 minutes until piping hot. Hope that helps!

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Gemma HolmesMonday 2nd August 2021

I’d like to try making this soon. Can you tell me how many people this would serve? Would it be enough for two adults and two kids?

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    HollyTuesday 3rd August 2021

    Hey Gemma, if you scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of the page you will find the serving size which for this recipe is 4. There are also a set of arrows which you can alter the serving size up or down. Hope that helps!

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Lisa CrossSunday 18th July 2021

Absolutely delicious 😋

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    HollyMonday 19th July 2021

    Hey Lisa, we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

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MaddieTuesday 13th July 2021

Does anyone else find the sauce quite watery/runny at the end? I love the flavour but find the sauce doesn’t tend to be thick!

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    HollyWednesday 14th July 2021

    Hey Maddie, when making this recipe make sure you reduced the liquid by half in step 5 this will make the sauce a lot thicker before adding the cream cheese. Hope that helps!

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BethThursday 17th June 2021

Absolutely delicious. Will definitely be making this again possibly with only one stock cube. Gonna be trying the lemon chicken next yum. x

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    HollyMonday 28th June 2021

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

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TanishaTuesday 1st June 2021

Hey 🙂 are you able to do this in a slow cooker or would that not work? Thank you in advance! Love the recipes from the books/website amazing x

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    HollyFriday 4th June 2021

    Hey Tanisha, this recipe isn’t really suitable for the slow cooking as the cream cheese won’t react well to a slow cook time. Have a look HERE for our range of slow cooker recipes. Hope that helps!

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Mel GuestTuesday 18th May 2021

Ive made this several times now and its a family favourite. I was thinking could I use pork instead of chicken for this recipe please?

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    HollyThursday 20th May 2021

    Hey Mel, we haven’t tried this recipe using pork but it should work out okay, hope that helps!

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Melissa GardnerSunday 16th May 2021

Hi,

Could you use low fat creme fraiche instead of low fat creme cheese?

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    HollyTuesday 18th May 2021

    Hey Melissa, yes creme fraiche would work fine as a substitute, hope that helps!

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Karen HallTuesday 11th May 2021

Absolutely loved this even my husband who couldn’t believe it was what he would call diet food cleaned his plate made one mistake bought garlic and herb cheese instead of plain good job we love garlic

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    HollyFriday 14th May 2021

    Hey Karen, so glad to hear you and your husband enjoyed the Creamy Garlic Chicken!

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Jayne BrownFriday 7th May 2021

Definitely a family favourite with lots of vegetables and roast potatoes 🙂

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    HollyMonday 10th May 2021

    Hey Jayne, thanks so much for your message we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe serving it with roast potatoes sounds great!

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Carolyn butlerMonday 3rd May 2021

What is the best healthy creamy cheese to use

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    HollyMonday 10th May 2021

    Hey Carolyn, you could use Philadelphia Light or supermarkets have their own low calorie cream cheeses which are great too!

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ShannenTuesday 27th April 2021

Thinking of making this for the first time tomorrow, any suggestions on what to serve it with?

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Tammy HaughtonThursday 15th April 2021

Keep going back to this recipe, it is absolutely gorgeous

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    HollyFriday 16th April 2021

    Hey Tammy, thanks so much for getting in touch we are so glad to hear you enjoyed this recipe!

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Pat MullinsWednesday 14th April 2021

Lovely recipe but would only use the one stock pot if cooking again for 2 as agree too salty using both.

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    HollyFriday 16th April 2021

    Hey Pat, yes as you said if it’s not quite to your taste you can tweak it to suit

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SUE PRIORTuesday 6th April 2021

Going back to this one tonight, quick, easy and delicious

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    HollyTuesday 6th April 2021

    Hey Sue, thanks so much for your message, we are so glad to hear you enjoy the Creamy Garlic Chicken!

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Julie McLeanMonday 5th April 2021

Made this tonight, it was delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

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    HollyTuesday 6th April 2021

    Hey Julie, thanks so much for your message we are so glad to hear you enjoyed the Creamy Garlic Chicken!

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HattieThursday 1st April 2021

I would recommend only using 1 stock pot, I used two and it was a little salty, otherwise, very good!

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    HollyTuesday 6th April 2021

    Hey Hattie, thanks so much for your tip!

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ClaireWednesday 31st March 2021

Made this last night absolutely lovely served with roasted tomatoes, corguette &peppers .I only had to use 1 stock cube .

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    HollyWednesday 31st March 2021

    Hi Claire, so glad you enjoyed this recipe!

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