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Creamy Garlic Chicken with Asparagus

This delicious and creamy Garlic Chicken is prepared in a skillet with a flavorful, garlicky basil sauce and asparagus spears.

Creamy Garlic 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.

Chicken Thighs with Garlic and Basil

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 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.

Garlic Chicken Recipes


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
This delicious and 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
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 skinless boneless chicken thighs
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • ½ tablespoon dried basil
  • 12 ounces low fat evaporated milk
  • tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon garlic paste, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon dried basil, or to taste
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus stalks, cut into 2-inch pieces (break off and discard the woody ends of the asparagus)
  • parsley, for garnish


  • 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 it to the hot skillet and bring it to a boil.
  • Stir in the asparagus, return the chicken to the pan, and lower the heat to a simmer.
  • Cover and cook for 4 minutes or until the asparagus is tender and the chicken is heated through.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve.


Serving: 2 thighs + Asparagus | Calories: 443 kcal | Carbohydrates: 17 g | Protein: 53 g | Fat: 18 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3 g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8 g | Trans Fat: 0.04 g | Cholesterol: 229 mg | Sodium: 305 mg | Potassium: 840 mg | Fiber: 3 g | Sugar: 11 g | Vitamin A: 929 IU | Vitamin C: 8 mg | Calcium: 111 mg | Iron: 6 mg | Net Carbs: 14 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 Chicken 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.

  5. I would use the basil for a basil orzo my family loves.
    I am looking forward to trying this recipe. I have almost everything I need.

  6. Hello! I make stir fry with it! I add a little of the ginger and garlic and lemongrass to the oil before stir frying the veggies, then do the same for the meet. I usually make a teriyaki sauce that utilizes the ginger and garlic as well! It’s delicious

  7. I would use the herbs in my normal recipe rotation. I have fish, soup, casserole recipes that require seasonings.

  8. I would make a not-so-spicy chicken stir-fry served with mai fun rice noodles. Use the ginger to kick it up a notch and raid my fridge with any veggies I can find! Delicious!

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    Kelley Stramiello

    I would make a pork loin rub with the ginger and garlic herbs. And them slice it thin into flatbread sandwiches with a garlic aioli, and some peppery arugula! Yummy!!!

  10. I would make baked chicken. The herbs and spices is what makes it so delicious and a healthy alternative to fried chicken.

  11. I would make an Asian stir-fry meal with Chinese egg-noodles or whole-wheat spaghetti noodles, chicken, red/green/yellow peppers, chunky garlic and lemongrass with sesame oil, rice vinegar, and soy sauce.

  12. I would make some deliciously seasoned red potatoes.
    I would serve them with some baked garlic and rosemary chicken!

  13. I would make homemade pesto. A half cup of pesto is 19 Smart Points, so I’m hoping to find a way to slash that number!

  14. I am glad you use Gourmet garden products. I have seen them in Kroger and maybe HEB. I was a little afraid to use them. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I cannot wait to try this product and your delicious recipe. Your recipe have been awesome so far. Love your blog by the way.

  15. I would make a healthy veggie pizza, with a light basil sauce and “garlicky” sauteed mushrooms + topped with a little bit of feta cheese and aragula !

  16. I would make home fries. Potatoes are cheap, healthy, and can be cooked in dozens of different ways. The great thing about home fries is that you can add as many or as few spices as you want, and they will still be good.

  17. I would make a turkey panini and use some of the basil to add some great flavor!

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    Sharlene Wiles

    The fresh herbs could be used in so many dishes, but I think I would make a slow simmered tomato sauce for spaghetti.

  19. I have had the worst day ever! I sat down at my computer and read about this delicious sounding asparagus and chicken meal — wow, what a treat. What makes it even better is that I have all the ingredients and don’t have to rush to the grocery store. Thanks for the inspiration!

  20. I would finish off a steak prior to service with an herbed butter- combining garlic paste and fresh cut herbs, just a tease of lemon. Serve with a side of a mushroom ragout- including mixture of paste and fresh cut herbs. Include additional side of a brightly colored, tangy flavored vegetable- pickled- like chow chow, or the bright red canned cinnamon apples (memories!).

    Dessert would be a granite. Mint is good for digestion, so that might me my go to choice. Hint of real vanilla and possibly melted chocolate, to mellow out the mint.

    Retire to the library, enjoy Remy Martin VSOP Cognac

    1. This chicken and asparagus was family love it. love the garlic and basil herb I would use the in stir fry veggie and chicken work well with beef dishes too also shrimp and fish. I use a lot of herbs in all my meals. Thank u for the tips too.

  21. I would make pancakes, flavored with oregano and basil. Just kidding! I would make an herbed crust and use it on fish.

  22. i like to make seared leongrass chicken on bed of parsley oegano paressan spaghetti squash is what i would make with this company products.

  23. I would make roast chicken & vegetables or soup. I love adding fresh herbs but they never last long enough in the fridge for me to use them!

  24. I would definitely be trying this recipe as well as another chicken dish with herbs and mushrooms. I love using evaporated milk in many recipes to cut down on calories and get needed creaminess.

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    Elizabeth Tarlow

    After reading your CREAMY GARLIC BASIL CHICKEN WITH ASPARAGUS recipe, I definitely need to fix it!! It looks and sounds so yummy! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  26. I was going to say a chicken, tomato and basil dish but after seeing someone’s answer of basil grilled cheese ai may have to try that.

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    I love using evaporated milk for a creamy consistency when trying to cut back on calories. This is a fantastic recipe and I can’t wait to try it. Especially since asparagus are coming into season soon.

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    Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    My goodness, this chicken just sounds INCREDIBLE! I’d love to make it with the Gourmet Gardens Lightly Dried Herbs and Spices. Because YUM. I’m a sucker for a one-pot meal like this!

  29. I made the creamy garlic basil chicken with asparagus and I enjoyed it a great deal, the flavors were bright and delicious. Easy to prepate. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life

    I love that these herbs stay fresh in the fridge for that long. I have a habit of buying produce and letting it die in my crisper! LOL! That creamy chicken dinner looks absolutely amazing!!!

  31. I would make a DELICIOUS Chicken dish with all the Phenomenal flavors with Gourmet Gardens Lightly Dried Herbs & Spices!

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