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Olive Garden Chicken Scampi Recipe

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This Olive Garden chicken scampi recipe is a copycat dish with a creamy garlic sauce, colorful bell peppers, and juicy chicken, all tossed with perfectly cooked pasta.
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  1. Olive Garden Chicken Scampi Recipe Ingredients
  2. How to Make This Olive Garden Chicken Scampi Recipe
  3. How To Serve
  4. Storage
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Everyone loves dining at the Olive Garden and this creamy Olive Garden chicken scampi recipe is always a surefire hit. Tender pasta noodles tossed with chicken, a crisp rainbow of peppers, and smothered in a garlicky cream sauce make for a hearty meal that lets you skip the restaurant lines.

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Olive Garden Chicken Scampi Recipe Ingredients

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You’ll need:

  • ½ pound thin spaghetti noodles
  • ⅔ cup all-purpose flour 
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1-1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1½-inch wide x 4-inch long strips
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 small yellow pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • ½ medium red onion, cut into strips
  • 1½ tablespoons grated fresh garlic
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped, divided

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

CHICKEN: You can use a package of chicken tenderloins as a quick substitution for cutting the chicken breast into strips. You can also use four thin chicken breast cutlets for this recipe. You will need to adjust the frying time according to the size or thickness of your chicken pieces.

PASTA: Some alternate choices of pasta that would work for this recipe would be traditional spaghetti noodles, vermicelli, or angel hair pasta noodles. Any thin, long pasta will work.

How to Make This Olive Garden Chicken Scampi Recipe

OUR RECIPE DEVELOPER SAYS

Because this Olive Garden chicken scampi has a few steps, I like to prep my vegetables ahead of time and store them in a zip-top bag in the fridge until I am ready to cook the meal. I will even pre-measure my liquids and store them in labeled lidded containers, as well as pre-mix my seasoned flour to make this a quick weeknight one-skillet dinner.

STEP ONE: In a large pot of boiling water, cook your thin spaghetti noodles for 9 to 10 minutes until al dente or according to package directions. Drain and set aside.

PRO TIP:

You can drizzle a little (1½ tablespoons) olive oil over the drained pasta to prevent the pasta from sticking if your pasta is done before you are ready to add it to the sauce.

STEP TWO: In a shallow dish (a pie pan works great), add the all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Remove 2 tablespoons of the seasoned flour and set it aside in a small bowl.

STEP THREE: Coat each of the boneless skinless chicken strips in the seasoned flour mixture and place it onto a plate.

PRO TIP:

If your boneless skinless chicken breasts are really thick, then you can butterfly them in half to make the pieces thinner before slicing them into strips.

STEP FOUR: On medium-high heat, add olive oil and unsalted butter to a large skillet. Allow the oil and butter to heat up to approximately 350°F before adding the chicken strips to lightly pan-fry. A quick way to test the temperature of your oil is to sprinkle a little bit of flour into the oil. If it starts to sizzle, then your oil should be hot enough.

STEP FIVE: Place half the amount of your coated chicken strips into the skillet of hot oil to lightly pan-fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until lightly golden and fully cooked. You should have no pink remaining, and the internal temperature of the chicken should be 165°F.

coated chicken strips cooked in a pan

STEP SIX: Remove the cooked chicken strips and place them onto a plate to rest. Repeat with the second half of the coated chicken strips. 

STEP SEVEN: Once all the chicken has been lightly pan-fried and removed to a plate, add the sliced red peppers, yellow peppers, green bell peppers, red onions, and grated fresh garlic to the hot skillet. Cook the vegetables for 4 to 5 minutes or until you get a light sear on the vegetables and they are tender.

vegetables cooked in a pan

STEP EIGHT: Remove the cooked peppers and onions from the skillet and place them on a plate.

PRO TIP:

If your oil has gotten too dark from frying the chicken, you can remove the dark oil from the skillet and add a fresh tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter to the skillet before adding the reserved seasoned flour to make the roux (cooked flour in butter) to thicken the sauce. You will need the oil and butter as the butter adds flavor, and the olive oil keeps the butter from burning on the bottom of the pan.

STEP NINE: Turn the heat of the skillet down to medium-low heat and add the 2 tablespoons of the reserved seasoned flour. Whisk the flour into the butter and oil remaining in the skillet until all the flour is absorbed.

STEP TEN: Add the white wine and lemon juice to the skillet and whisk until you have no lumps of flour remaining. Add the low-sodium chicken broth to the skillet and bring the liquids to a low boil to allow the sauce to thicken.

STEP ELEVEN: Add the heavy cream and 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley. Allow the sauce to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes. 

heavy cream and parsley added to a pan

STEP TWELVE: Add the reserved cooked pasta to the sauce and toss to completely coat all the thin spaghetti noodles with the sauce.

spaghetti noodles tossed into the sauce

STEP THIRTEEN: Top the sauce-coated pasta with the cooked peppers, onions, and chicken strips.

peppers, onions and chicken strips added to the pasta

STEP FOURTEEN: Garnish with the remaining tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley.

PRO TIP:

This Olive Garden chicken scampi pasta dish should be served immediately. As the dish cools, the pasta will absorb the sauce. You can reserve ¼ cup of your scampi sauce from the pan to drizzle onto the top of the chicken before serving.

How To Serve

A classic pairing for this delicious pasta dish would be with our copycat Olive Garden salad recipe and our pull apart garlic bread. Elegant enough to make for company and easy enough to make for a busy weeknight, your family will love this recipe.

Our bruschetta chicken pasta and one-pot chicken fajita pasta are both protein-packed dishes that are quick and easy to throw together.

Storage

IN THE FRIDGE: You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. 

IN THE FREEZER: This Olive Garden recipe for chicken scampi is not a dish that works well for freezing, as the creamy sauce will separate when it is thawed.

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Olive Garden’s chicken scampi is a copycat recipe that is most definitely worth trying. The creamy sauce, tender chicken, and fresh veggies let you enjoy this popular dish without leaving the comfort of your home.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is chicken scampi?

Chicken scampi, similar to shrimp scampi, is a dish classically made with garlic, butter, and white wine. This chicken scampi has heavy cream and parmesan cheese added to the sauce to create a rich, creamy main dish.

How do I know when my pasta is al dente?

To test your pasta for al dente, take a bite of the pasta a minute or two before the package instructions indicate it should be done. When you bite into it, and your teeth feel some resistance, but the pasta is still tender, your pasta is al dente.

Can I freeze this Olive Garden recipe?

Creamy sauces don’t tend to freeze very well, so we don’t recommend trying to freeze this dish.

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Olive Garden Chicken Scampi Recipe

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This Olive Garden chicken scampi recipe is a copycat dish with a creamy garlic sauce, colorful bell peppers, and juicy chicken, all tossed with perfectly cooked pasta.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients
  

  • ½ pound thin spaghetti noodles
  • cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • ¾ teaspoon Italian seasoning blend
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 to 1½ pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1½-inch wide x 4-inch long strips
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small red pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 small yellow pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 small green bell pepper, cut into strips
  • ½ medium red onion, cut into strips
  • tablespoons grated fresh garlic
  • ¼ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley chopped, divided

Instructions
 

  • In a large pot of boiling water, cook your thin spaghetti noodles for 9 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • In a shallow dish (a pie pan works great), add the all-purpose flour, 1 teaspoon salt, Italian seasoning, and black pepper. Stir to combine. Remove 2 tablespoons of the seasoned flour and set it aside in a small bowl.
  • Coat each of the boneless skinless chicken strips in the seasoned flour and place it onto a plate.
  • In a large skillet on medium-high heat, add the olive oil and unsalted butter. Allow the oil and butter to heat up to approximately 350°F before adding the chicken strips to lightly pan-fry. A quick way to test the temperature of your oil is to sprinkle a little pinch of flour into the oil. If it starts to sizzle, then your oil should be hot enough.
  • Place half the amount of your coated chicken strips into the skillet of hot oil to lightly pan-fry for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until lightly golden and fully cooked. You should have no pink remaining, and the internal temperature of the chicken should be 165°F.
  • Remove the chicken strips and place them onto a plate to rest. Repeat with the second half of the coated chicken strips.
  • Once all the chicken has been lightly pan-fried and removed to a plate, add the sliced red peppers, yellow peppers, green peppers, red onion, and grated fresh garlic to the hot skillet. Cook the vegetables for 4-5 minutes or until you get a light sear on the vegetables and they are tender.
  • Remove the cooked peppers and onions from the skillet and place them on a plate.
  • Turn the heat to the skillet down to medium-low and add the 2 tablespoons of the reserved seasoned flour. Whisk the flour into the butter and oil that is remaining in the skillet until all the flour is absorbed.
  • Add the white wine and lemon juice to the skillet and whisk until you have no lumps of flour remaining. Add the low-sodium chicken broth to the skillet and bring the liquids to a low boil to allow the sauce to thicken.
  • Add the heavy cream and 1 tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley. Allow the sauce to simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • To the sauce, add the reserved cooked and drained pasta and toss to completely coat all the thin spaghetti noodles with the sauce.
  • Top the sauce-coated pasta with the cooked peppers, onions, and chicken strips.
  • Garnish with the remaining tablespoon of fresh chopped parsley.

Notes

  • Because this Olive Garden chicken scampi has a few steps, I like to prep my vegetables ahead of time and store them in a zip-top bag in the fridge until I am ready to cook the meal. I will even pre-measure my liquids and store them in labeled lidded containers, as well as pre-mix my seasoned flour to make this a quick weeknight one-skillet dinner.
  • You can drizzle a little (1½ tablespoons) olive oil over the drained pasta to prevent the pasta from sticking if your pasta is done before you are ready to add it to the sauce.
  • If your boneless skinless chicken breasts are really thick, then you can butterfly them in half to make the pieces thinner before slicing them into strips.
  • If your oil has gotten too dark from frying the chicken, you can remove the dark oil from the skillet and add a fresh tablespoon of olive oil and a tablespoon of butter to the skillet before adding the reserved seasoned flour to make the roux (cooked flour in butter) to thicken the sauce. You will need the oil and butter as the butter adds flavor, and the olive oil keeps the butter from burning on the bottom of the pan.
  • This Olive Garden chicken scampi pasta dish should be served immediately. As the dish cools, the pasta will absorb the sauce. You can reserve ¼ cup of your scampi sauce from the pan to drizzle onto the top of the chicken before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 874kcal | Carbohydrates: 70g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 1418mg | Potassium: 1180mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 2161IU | Vitamin C: 129mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 4mg
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