Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken Recipe with Asparagus

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus – This delicious and creamless Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken, we have been waiting for you!

Thank you Gourmet Garden and Kroger for sponsoring this post! All opinions are 100% my own.

Hey ya, friends! How’s this for creamless creamy chicken? RIGHT? It’s creamy, but without the cream! I mean, genius or what? Evaporated milk is my forever bestie.

Also, Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Basil makes a huge appearance in this recipe, as well as Gourmet Garden Garlic Stir-In Paste, and a pinch of Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Parsley. If you couldn’t tell, Gourmet Garden is my other BFF.

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

GARLIC BASIL CHICKEN THIGHS

The main idea here is that you can always swap out ingredients and still make the most wonderful meal in the world, and a Sunday afternoon stroll through Kroger can help you with that.

It starts with a stop at the produce section to stock up on all things Gourmet Garden + oranges… not sure why I needed oranges, but I got ’em, just in case. Continuing on to the poultry section for some chicken is also a very important step, just as important as picking up a can of evaporated milk, AND a bottle of wine for the awesome dinner we’re about to make.

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

Let me just touch a bit on the super helpful Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Herbs. Gourmet Garden can be substituted in any recipe where fresh or dried herb or spice is called for in a recipe. 1:1 ratio works perfectly.

What’s more amazing though is that they last for weeks in the fridge after opening, and because they last much longer than fresh herbs, they’re less wasteful and much more convenient.

Besides, anything that’s already chopped up and ready to go at any minute is something we should all have on hand, always. It’s truly a win-win situation.

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

HOW TO MAKE CREAMY GARLIC BASIL CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS

  • To get started, I’m going to need you to season those boneless chicken thighs with salt and pepper, and with as much Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Basil as you want.
  • 17-ish minutes of searing later, you will create the “creamy” sauce made with evaporated milk, Garlic Stir-In Paste and more Lightly Dried Basil for good measure.

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

  • Once you prepare the sauce, please add it to the skillet, heat it up, stir in the asparagus, and arrange the chicken thighs back in the skillet.
  • 5 minutes later you will end up with a straight-up amazing winner winner chicken dinner!

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

Thanks to Kroger, I am also thrilled to offer you the chance to win a $50 Kroger Gift Card and $20 worth of product vouchers so that you can also create your very own healthy meal featuring Gourmet Garden products.

GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNER, RENEE!

ENJOY!

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Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus

Katerina | Diethood
Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus - This delicious and cream-less Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.
4.34 from 6 votes
Servings : 4 to 5 Serves
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins

Ingredients
  

FOR THE CHICKEN
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 skinless , boneless chicken thighs
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Basil
FOR THE CREAM SAUCE
  • 1 can (12 ounces) low fat evaporated milk
  • 1.5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Stir-In Garlic Paste , or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Basil , or to taste
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1- pound fresh asparagus , cut into 2-inch pieces (break off and discard the woody ends of the asparagus)
  • Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Parsley , for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Heat olive oil over medium heat in a large nonstick skillet.
  • Season the chicken with the salt, pepper, and dried basil.
  • Place the chicken thighs in the skillet and cook for about 7 to 8 minutes, or until browned.
  • Flip the chicken and cook for about 8 more minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. Remove from pan and set aside.
  • Combine evaporated milk, flour, garlic paste, dried basil, salt and pepper in a mixing bowl; whisk until well combined.
  • Add the prepared sauce to the hot skillet and bring to a boil.
  • Stir in prepared asparagus, place the chicken back in the pan, and lower heat to a simmer.
  • Cover and cook for 4 minutes, or until asparagus is tender and chicken is heated through.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.

Notes

WW FREESTYLE SMART POINTS: 11

Nutrition

Serving: 2 thighs + Asparagus | Calories: 363 kcal | Carbohydrates: 6 g | Protein: 46 g | Fat: 16 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Cholesterol: 214 mg | Sodium: 203 mg | Potassium: 782 mg | Fiber: 2 g | Sugar: 2 g | Vitamin A: 910 IU | Vitamin C: 6.4 mg | Calcium: 48 mg | Iron: 4.4 mg | Net Carbs: 4 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken thighs recipe
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108 comments on “Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken Recipe with Asparagus”

  1. I made some additions that really round the recipe up in my opinion:
    Added to the sauce:
    2 bay leaves
    some white wine
    a dash of lemon juice
    I also didn’t use those gourmet what not dried herbs and went for fresh basil and garlic instead.

    I served it over potatoes to make it a more filling dish, but for that I’d double the sauce next time.
    That being said the asparagus really leaks into the sauce nicely, giving it a good taste. With these additions the recipe was a real hit among my hubby and friends I served that to.

    1. After adding the asparagus, the sauce curdled. While it didn’t look very appealing, it was still delicious. I recommend cooking the asparagus separately and stir it into the sauce just before serving.

  2. I made this recipe. There’s just something about the sauce, I don’t know what it is but it just is missing something flavor wise. I will use the recipe again in the future but I will be playing around with the seasoning and trying some different things.

    1. My daughter said the same thing. Would be interested in knowing what different spice you used. I was thinking maybe thyme.

    1. I made it with breasts tonight and it was delicious. Also used fresh pressed garlic and frozen cubes of fresh basil in the sauce as that’s what I had on hand 🙂

  3. Made for dinner last night and it was so delicious! My 3 little ones devoured it and asked me to make it again! Loved the sauce…such great flavors. Thanks for the great recipe!

  4. Is there a non-dairy substitute that would work in place of the evaporated milk? Thanks. I might want to make this for friends who can’t have dairy products.

      1. Katerina - Diethood
        Katerina Petrovska

        Hi!! You would need to make a roux to thicken it which involves mixing in some butter and flour. I would do 1 tablespoon butter with 1 tablespoon flour. Melt the butter and then cook the flour in it for a couple of minutes before whisking in the basil-garlic milk mixture.

      2. Personally I don’t care for almond milk in a white sauce. Sometimes when coconut milk is substituted it tastes too sweet. I would suggest adding in the Dayia dairy free cream cheese or if only lactose is the issue use lactose free sour cream. And to make it gluten free, sub in arrowroot or cornstarch in place of the flour.

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