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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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!
Garlic Chicken Recipes
Creamy Garlic Basil Chicken with Asparagus
- 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
- 1½ 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.
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.
108 comments on “Creamy Garlic Chicken with Asparagus”
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.
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.
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.
Chopped garlic is better than garlic paste.
My daughter said the same thing. Would be interested in knowing what different spice you used. I was thinking maybe thyme.
You might like a bit of lemon juice and/or zest to brighten the flavor à
Has anyone made this with boneless chicken breasts? We have some that prefer breasts to thighs.
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 🙂
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!
Can this be frozen?
My husband and I LOVED this!! Thank you so much for a great recipe!
Very happy to hear!! 🙂 Thank you!
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.
Yes, I was wondering if I could use almond milk instead of the evaporated milk?
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.
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.
Use coconut milk for anything that calls for milk or cream. So yummy
I would LOVE to make this creamy chicken recipe you posted. It looks amazing!!
I would make a cilantro lime chicken & veggies on the side!
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.
I would use parsley in homemade chicken noodle soup. Yum!
I would use it in a broth-based soup, or whip it with butter to make a bread accompaniment.
Creamy garlic basil with asparagus. I can’t wait to make it
I would make Cilantro-Lime chicken tacos. Thanks for the chance to win!
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
I would make some vegetable soup!
I would make a chicken and rice casserolle
I would use the herbs in my normal recipe rotation. I have fish, soup, casserole recipes that require seasonings.
These would be good with garlic herb butter chicken!
I would make beef stew with pumpkin corn bread muffins. Thank you so much for the giveaway!
I would make some kind of stir fry.
I’m going to make stuffed manicotti with a creamy mushroom basil sauce. Yummy!
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!
I’d make Greek Chicken and pasta 🙂
I would make a stir fry.
This is absolute perfection. We love Gourmet Garden products.
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!!!
I would make spaghetti with a garlic sauce and add basil.
I would make Rosemary baked potatoes and herb baked chicken.
I would make spaghetti and meatballs!
I would make a creamy basil sauce for spaghetti squash.
I would make a spaghetti sauce!
I would make cheater Korean beef with some garlic and ginger! Love this recipe too!
I would make Basis Pesto Fettuccine.
I would add a fresh salad with homemade dressing to have along with this dish!
I would make baked chicken. The herbs and spices is what makes it so delicious and a healthy alternative to fried chicken.
I would make some kind of pasta dish like lasagna or baked ziti. YUMMY!!!!
I would make a buttered noodle dish with sausage, spinach and tomatoes!
I would mix it into a hamburger mix and make herbed burgers!
I would use it for pork loin chops and roasted veggies
I would use it with my crockpot pork chops!
I can’t believe this recipe doesn’t require heavy cream…it looks so creamy!
This looks amazing, Kate – love the asparagus you’ve added!
I would make seasoned chicken with roasted veggies.
I like to make a good white chili or just add some to pasta.
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.
I would make some deliciously seasoned red potatoes.
I would serve them with some baked garlic and rosemary chicken!
I would make teriyaki chicken with brown rice and veggies.
I would definitely make this recipe for the family.
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!
I would make a roasted red pepper, goat cheese and basil stuffed chicken breast.
I would make lime cilantro chicken. Thanks for the chance!
I must try your recipe soon I made green chicken curry
I think they would be great to make my crockpot chicken cacciatorei…neat product…thanks!
This looks unbelievably delicious!!
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.
i would make this! The garlic basil chicken it looks yummy!
I would use the herbs to make spinach pesto
I would make either chicken cordon bleu or chicken alfredo for my famiy.
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 !
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.
I would make Thai Coconut Soup with the Lemongrass and Garlic!!! Y U M M Y !!!
I would make grilled chicken.
I would love to make homemade spaghetti sauce with whole wheat noodles. Yum!
I would use it to make grilled fish with herbs
I would use the Gourmet Garden Lightly Dried Basil on my favorite grilled chicken and veggies!
I would make a turkey panini and use some of the basil to add some great flavor!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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The fresh herbs could be used in so many dishes, but I think I would make a slow simmered tomato sauce for spaghetti.
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!
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
This chicken and asparagus was wonderful.my 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.
I would make pancakes, flavored with oregano and basil. Just kidding! I would make an herbed crust and use it on fish.
i like to make seared leongrass chicken on bed of parsley oegano paressan spaghetti squash is what i would make with this company products.
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!
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.
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 🙂
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.
I would make this recipe!
I will definitely use them with this recipe and I want to try them on some fresh elk steaks.
I would make THIS blog recipe – yours!!!
I would use the herbs & spices on grilled lamb chops! Ginger – yum!
I think I’d make Chicken fettuccine.
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.
Now, that is one flavorful meal! Mu family would gobble it up in no time!
I love Cilantro. I would probably start by making Cilantro Lime Shrimp.
I’d make pasta with chicken, garlic and asparagus.
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!
I would make basil grilled cheese sandwiches.
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.
I’d make a hearty chicken stew.
Creamy? Garlic? Basil? Yes please!
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!!!
I’m dying over this gorgeous meal!
I would make a DELICIOUS Chicken dish with all the Phenomenal flavors with Gourmet Gardens Lightly Dried Herbs & Spices!
I would make lemon chicken.
I would use the Chunky Garlic to make a great flatiron steak, complete with mushrooms and onions.