Two cooked and seasoned chicken breasts with chopped broccoli in a cast iron skillet surrounded by garlic cream sauce on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Chicken and Broccoli with Garlic Cream

Chicken and Broccoli with Garlic Cream is a delicious, easy, one-pan meal that's made healthier with homemade ingredients.

For a long time, I was reluctant to try recipes with Cream of Chicken Soup in them. Not because I didn’t like it. And we aren’t allergic. But the ingredients kept me from using it. At least, once I learned how to read a nutrition label, I stopped buying it. After I learned how to make my own homemade cream of chicken soup, I started using it again. The soup makes a perfect base for chicken and broccoli with garlic cream.

By combining the chicken soup with minced garlic, butter, and water, you get a sauce that’s thick enough to stick to the meat. Personally, I don’t care for a thin sauce that runs right off of your food. Cream of chicken soup is very thick, so it holds everything together well. The garlic adds a bit of extra flavor to the sauce and the butter and water thin it out just a bit.

And did you notice I added some green to it, too? I hate to admit it, but we don’t eat enough vegetables here. Having a sauce to dip the vegetables in is the only way I will eat most of them. If you prefer your broccoli closer to a steamed texture, put it in with the chicken as directed. Since we all prefer it closer to the raw side, I waited a bit to add the broccoli. It still cooked in the sauce for a few minutes to soak up the flavor but wasn’t soft.

No matter which way you choose to make it, this recipe is a great easy recipe. It’s all cooked in one pan, which you know I love that! The less I have to clean afterward the better. I used my cast-iron pan, but any large skillet will work for this recipe.

Step by Step

In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, melt 2 tbsp of butter. Add the chicken to the pan and season with salt, pepper, and paprika. Cook the chicken for 5 minutes on each side until it’s browned but not cooked through.

Remove the chicken from the pan and add the remaining 2 tbsp of butter. Add the minced garlic and brown the garlic, stirring for about 2 minutes.

Whisk in the cream of chicken soup and water, cooking until it starts to simmer.

Turn the heat to low and add the chicken and broccoli to the pan. If you want the broccoli to be crispier, wait to add it until the chicken is almost cooked.

Cover and cook another 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Recipe

Two cooked and seasoned chicken breasts with chopped broccoli in a cast iron skillet surrounded by garlic cream sauce on a wooden surface

Chicken and Broccoli with Garlic Cream

Chicken and Broccoli with Garlic Cream is a delicious, easy, one-pan meal that's made healthier with homemade ingredients.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: broccoli, chicken, cream of chicken, garlic
Servings: 4
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken (boneless, skinless)
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 5 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 10.5 oz Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 head broccoli (chopped)
  • 1 tsp parsley

Instructions

  • In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, melt 2 tbsp of butter
  • Add the chicken to the pan and season with salt, pepper, and paprika
  • Cook the chicken for 5 minutes on each side until it’s browned but not cooked through
  • Remove the chicken from the pan and add the remaining 2 tbsp of butter
  • Add the minced garlic and brown the garlic, stirring for about 2 minutes
  • Whisk in the cream of chicken soup and water, cooking until it starts to simmer
  • Turn the heat to low and add the chicken and broccoli to the pan
  • Cover and cook another 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through
  • Serve warm garnished with parsley
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Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Broccoli with Garlic Cream
Amount Per Serving (1 each)
Calories 462 Calories from Fat 297
% Daily Value*
Fat 33g51%
Saturated Fat 13g65%
Cholesterol 118mg39%
Sodium 899mg37%
Potassium 738mg21%
Carbohydrates 17g6%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 1731IU35%
Vitamin C 138mg167%
Calcium 104mg10%
Iron 3mg17%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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20 thoughts on “Chicken and Broccoli with Garlic Cream”

    1. I like doing it with butter because it doesn’t make such a mess, too. And it adds more flavor to the chicken. You should give this a try, we all loved it and have made it a few times since the first try!

  1. This sounds delicious! I particularly like the idea of a one pan meal plus this is a good way to try to get some vegetables into the kids!

  2. My favorite place for refreshing, easy to make, and delicious to consume dishes. You are a talented person. You manage to create an atmosphere of gastronomic adventure on your website.

  3. My family loves chicken and broccoli but I have not thought about doing a garlic cream sauce. That sounds so yummy. I will be giving this a try next time we are having chicken.

  4. That is one to try for our home. It looks easy to prepare and delicious. WE use a lot of garlic in our cooking, but I have not tried the garlic in the Cream of Chicken Soup. Thanks for sharing.

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