This Italian Chicken is going to knock your socks off with its mouthwatering blend of flavors.
Our Italian Chicken comes together easily and has a combination of flavors that really work with each other to create something special! It’s versatile, as it can be made with chicken thighs, breasts or a combination, depending on your preference for white or dark meat.
We served it here without pasta, but it’s most definitely great over pasta. You’ll want bread if you don’t have pasta, because you need something to sop up that sauce. Leaving any of it on the plate would be downright sinful.
The perfect bread would be our Skillet Focaccia Bread and you won’t believe how quick and easy it is.
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What is Pan Sauce?
Funny, this is a term I just became familiar with in the last ten years or so, but I certainly was already familiar with the concept. Pan Sauce just means that you make a sauce using the bits of goodness left in the pan after sauteeing or pan frying food – in this case chicken.
You definitely don’t want to use your brand new non-stick pan because – well, nothing will stick. I made this is in an iron skillet, but a good stainless pan would work too.
Like I said, I’ve known about the concept all my life. As a little girl I watched my Mama scrape the frying pan for the bits leftover after cooking country fried steak to make her gravy. Calling it pan sauce may be getting a little uppity, but hey, we go with the flow around here.
Is it really versatile?
It is. Besides boneless chicken breasts vs. boneless thighs, you could easily make this same sauce using bone-in chicken. And then, as always, the other ingredients can be varied if needed.
Don’t have shallots, but have a regular onion? Go for it. No wine? Use all stock. No stock? Use all wine. No fresh lemon? Okay, use bottled, but I definitely recommend fresh if you can.
If half-and-half is what’s in your fridge instead of heavy cream do not run to the store for the cream. Half-and-half will work just fine.
This Italian Chicken is great served with oven roasted potatoes and a cooked vegetable like we did here. Switch it up with pasta and salad and it’s an equally delicious meal.
A few items that you may need for making your Italian Chicken with Creamy Pan Sauce:
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- meat mallet for pounding chicken to proper thickness
- iron skillet
- lemon juicer
- grater for parmesan cheese
Italian Cream Sauce for Chicken
- 1-⅓ pounds chicken boneless breast or thighs
- 1-2 Tablespoons olive oil
- 2 Tablespoons butter
- 1 shallot
- 1-2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 Tablespoon plain flour
- ½ cup dry white wine
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- ⅓-1/2 cup chicken stock
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
- ½ lemon juiced
- ⅓ cup parmesan cheese grated
- If using boneless chicken breasts, pound to ½ inch thickness and cut into smaller pieces, about 5-6 total.
- Salt and pepper chicken to taste.
- Brown chicken in olive oil over medium high heat 2-3 minutes per side, until lightly browned, but not done and set aside.
- Reduce heat to medium. Melt 2 Tbsp. butter in same skillet.
- Saute’ shallot for 1 minute and add garlic, saute for additional minute.
- Add flour and stir and then slowly add wine, cream and stock, stirring constantly.
- Add salt, Italian seasoning and lemon juice. Cook, stirring until thickened.
- Add parmesan cheese and stir.
- Add chicken, turning to cover both sides with sauce. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. Cook for about 30 minutes or until chicken is done and tender.
- Serve over pasta if desired. Garnish with freshly ground pepper and fresh parsley.
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Cindy Gordon says
That looks amazingly delicious! So creamy and so comforting!
Awww, thanks Cindy!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food says
Nothing like a good pan sauce and this one sounds super comforting! Love how quickly it comes together…makes busy weekdays a lot easier 😉
Exactly right, Dawn! Thanks for the visit.
Yum! That looks so good and it seems like a recipe that would be perfect for a busy weeknight!
Thanks, Liz! It does come together pretty quickly.
Chicken in a creamy sauce is total comfort food. I would love this with some pasta.
We totally agree, Dannii. It’s awesome over pasta.
Made this last night. It is our new favorite chicken recipe! Thank you so much for sharing.
Yay! Thanks so much Pat. Glad you love it as much as we do.
Kimberly Baxter says
Thanks for sharing the recipe. My kids absolutely love this one.
Wow, thank you Kimberly! We love it, and so glad your family does too.
Sally Szpak says
Oh, yum…..I made the chicken, asparagus and potatoes as pictured. It is definitely a hit and my family loved it! The chicken is soooo tender, the asparagus is wonderful roasted in the oven; something I’ve never done that way before. The potatoes were over the top fantastic! My family finished off the whole dinner. It me 1 1/2 hrs. but it was so well worth it. Thank you so much for providing the recipe for this awesome dish. My son just walked by and said, “everything went so well together”, and I agree. There is still some left over gravy which will most likely go over hashbrowns in the morning. Cheers!
Thanks for writing to let us know, Sally! We’re thrilled that y’all enjoyed it so much.