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Make this one-pan creamy chicken and broccoli dinner recipe that’s so easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes. Perfect weeknight healthy dinner recipes to serve the entire family.

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All you need is one pan or skillet to make this low-carb chicken dinner recipe. Tender and juicy chicken breast cooked in with creamy garlic broccoli with some lemon garnished. This chicken and broccoli skillet recipe is our go-to weeknight dinner recipe because it is so easy to make and only needs 30 minutes. You may serve this healthy chicken dinner recipe with a side of noodles, zucchini noodles, or rice. It is a perfect recipe to make if you plan to meal prep some meals for the week.

Why you will love this chicken recipe

  • Easy: this chicken and broccoli recipe is super easy to put together in just one pan and only needs 30 minutes of your time.
  • Healthy: juicy chicken breast recipe made with a handful of simple and healthy ingredients and loaded with nutrition and veggies. It is also a low-carb meal.
  • Simple, quick, and delicious: you will love how simple and quick it is to make this recipe. full of flavor and a straightforward recipe to put together.
top view chicken and broccoli recipe

Ingredients you will need

  • Boneless chicken breasts: If you prefer using boneless and skinless chicken thighs you can. Just try to trim out as much fat from it as possible.
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • Italian seasoning: You can make your own. Here is our post on how to make Italian Seasoning.
  • Olive oil: or you may also use avocado Oil
  • Garlic cloves: fresh garlic would taste best.
  • Almond milk: or any dairy-free milk. For a thicker milk base, use 2% or even half and half if you are on keto and don’t mind the added fat.
  • Gluten-free flour: to keep it gluten-free. But you may use any flour of your choice.
  • Broccoli head: we used fresh broccoli but you may also use frozen.
  • Fresh parsley: for added flavor to garnish
  • Lemon wedges, optional to serve
ingredients to make creamy chicken and broccoli

How to make creamy chicken and broccoli

  • Prepare the chicken: Rub the chicken with the seasonings on all sides.
  • First, cook the chicken: Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until golden-brown and cooked through, about 6-7 minutes per side. Set aside and cover to keep warm.
cooked chicken breasts in a skillet
  • Make the creamy sauce: In a small bowl whisk the almond milk and flour until smooth. To the same pan heat the remaining oil, over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for up to 1 minute.
  • Cook the creamy sauce: Pour in the almond milk mixture and stir; you should see the sauce getting thicker almost immediately as it heats up.
  • Next, add the broccoli: Add broccoli and cook for 6-8 minutes, or just until tender. Return the chicken back to the pan and continue to cook for a couple of minutes to heat up.
  • Serve: Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges, if desired.
top view chicken and broccoli skillet recipe in an orange skillet

Recipe notes and tips

  • Note: 4 chicken breasts pictured but there should be 6-8 pieces. If the chicken breast is on the thick side, slice them into two thinner pieces to ensure even cooking.
  • Seasonings: we used Italian seasoning. You may use any other seasonings you prefer for the chicken, or make your own Italian seasoning combo.
  • Garlic: use fresh garlic if you have any. If you don’t have fresh garlic handy, you may use garlic powder.
  • Oil: any other oil will work. Olive oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil, or grapeseed oil.
  • Milk: we used almond milk. But any other milk of choice will do.
  • Veggies: broccoli was used in this recipe. You may use any of your favorite veggies like asparagus, Brussels sprouts, green beans, bell peppers, or zucchini.
  • Chicken: if you would like to use boneless chicken thighs go right ahead. Nutrition facts and calories will vary slightly.
  • Flour: Any flour you have should work.
close up chicken and broccoli skillet with lemon wedges

Frequently asked questions

Is chicken and broccoli healthy?

It all comes down to the ingredients you are adding to your chicken and broccoli recipe. Be mindful of the amount of sugar, cream, and oil being used. This chicken and broccoli skillet recipe is made with clean ingredients and a perfectly healthy recipe.

Can I use frozen broccoli to make chicken and broccoli?

Yes. If you don’t have fresh broccoli, you may use frozen broccoli. Thaw the broccoli first and place them on a paper towel to absorb the water.

How to store chicken and broccoli?

Place leftover chicken and broccoli in a tightly sealed container and store in the the fridge for up to 4 days. You may freeze leftovers as well. Allow them to thaw in the fridge the night before and simply microwave when ready to eat.

top view chicken and broccoli in an orange skillet

Storage and Reheating

  • Storing: Store leftovers in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You may freeze for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: Reheat in the microwave for 60-90 seconds or until it is heated through. You may also reheat in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350F. Wrap the chicken and broccoli in foil wrap and place it in the oven for 5-7 minutes.

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4.98 from 281 votes

Creamy Chicken and Broccoli

By: Rena
Servings: 6
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
top view chicken and broccoli recipe in an orange skillet
Tender and juicy chicken breast cooked with broccoli on a skillet. Easy to make and ready in just 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 lb boneless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 2 tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 4-5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp gluten-free flour
  • 1 medium broccoli head, chopped (about 3 cups)
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Lemon wedges, optional to serve

Instructions

  • Rub the chicken with the seasonings on all sides.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Cook the chicken until golden-brown and cooked through, about 6-7 minutes per side. Set aside and cover to keep warm.
  • In a small bowl whisk the almond milk and flour until smooth.
  • To the same pan heat the remaining oil, over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook for up to 1 minute.
  • Pour in the almond milk mixture and stir; you should see the sauce getting thicker almost immediately as it heats up.
  • Add broccoli and cook for 6-8 minutes, or just until tender. Return the chicken back to the pan and continue to cook for a couple of minutes to heat up.
  • Garnish with chopped parsley and lemon wedges, if desired.

Video

Notes

  • Note: 4 chicken breasts pictured but there should be 6-8 pieces. If the chicken breast is on the thick side, slice them into two thinner pieces to ensure even cooking.
  • Seasonings: we used Italian seasoning. You may use any other seasonings you prefer for the chicken, or make your Italian seasoning combo.
  • Garlic: use fresh garlic if you have any. If you don’t have fresh garlic handy, you may use garlic powder.
  • Oil: any other oil will work. Olive oil, avocado oil, vegetable oil, or grapeseed oil.
  • Milk: we used almond milk. But any other milk of choice will do.
  • Veggies: broccoli was used in this recipe. You may use any of your favorite veggies like asparagus, Brussels sprouts, green beans, or zucchini.
  • Chicken: if you would like to use boneless chicken thighs go right ahead. Nutrition facts and calories will vary slightly.
  • Flour: Any flour you have should work.

Nutrition

Serving: 1chicken breastCalories: 265kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 36gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 340mgPotassium: 899mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 795IUVitamin C: 95mgCalcium: 142mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! Welcome to my blog. I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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69 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    The first time I did with broccoli and the second with asparagus in both plenty coriander and was very tasty, everyone enjoyed and my daughter in low copy the recipe.
    Thanks again Rena for your recipes

    1. Yes. I personally do not like rewarming chicken. Just be mindful to not over cook because the chicken will end up too dry

    2. 5 stars
      This meal was so simple and easy to cook and so delicious. I used both broccoli and cauliflower. I loved the flavor and sauce. I will certainly cook this again.

  2. Yes, pretty bland so I added fresh lemon, capers.. it’s A very basic recipe with plenty of room to improvise. With that said, I thought it was a nice , easy recipe for Monday night.
    Thank you!

  3. 5 stars
    This was delicious. I used toasted coconut and Almond milk combination and it gave the broccoli just a slight coconut flavor which was soo good. I also added some other seasonings for the sake of the broccoli. My three boys really enjoyed it. Really loved the touch of squeeze lemon and so did my kiddos. Enjoyed that it was simple and cooked in one pan. Will definitely make again.

  4. 5 stars
    I use cow milk and plain flour, I add more spices, the chicken was really delicious, I will make it again.
    Thanks for your great recipes Rena

  5. 4 stars
    This was a good recipe. I followed the instructions except I used milk and flour. I found that the flour wasn’t cooked; I think it was because you add the flour to the milk. My suggestion is to make a roux to cook the flour and then add the milk. Because adding the flour to the milk doesn’t give the flour a chance to cook and you won’t taste the flour in the dish. The sauce will still thicken but it will be cooked

    1. 5 stars
      That was delicious. I used normal milk with the flour and added asparagus and broccolini with the broccoli. The sauce was amazing and I coupled it with the honey glazed carrots and creamy mash potatoes. It was a hit. Anyone who says this is bland, shouldn’t be in the kitchen. Learn to improvise. Thanks for an amazing dinner. Kids and wife loved it.

  6. Honestly the almond milk made it nasty. Made the flavor really inedible. There are times to replace regular milk but this wasn’t it

  7. 5 stars
    Yummy.
    We like cow’s milk much better. We will make it again.
    I’d suggest more spices and salt to those who call it boring.

    1. I make this recipe sans the creamy part at least once a week by eliminating the milk and flour and starting with charring broccoli in olive oil and ending with a sprinkling of Parmesano reggiano

    1. I’m sorry, I only like leaving good reviews…but this was bland and I wouldn’t make it again. I even added a lot of seasoning, like the other reviews suggested. It wasn’t bad and the chicken was at least moist, but it was far from good.

  8. Tried this recipe this evening. Chicken was really good but the cream didn’t turn out well, followed recipe. Will make chicken again but won’t do the other part again.

    1. I don’t have any flour here except tapioca and almond flour. Would either of these work? Which one would you recommend using? Thanks

  9. 5 stars
    Not having much in the fridge wanted to do something other than plain boiled broccoli and chicken. Absolutely delicious and definitely going to be featuring on our weekly meal plans going forward!!!!! Thanks!!!!!!

    1. 3 stars
      The sauce was very bland and we had to add a lot of extra seasoning and ingredients to make it taste okay. I like chicken and broccoli together but I won’t be using this recipe again.

      1. I think this recipe is missing cheese. I added a handful of shaved Asiago into the milk and it made it very creamy. I could totally see it being bland otherwise.

  10. 5 stars
    I made this for my family last night and everyone loved it! I was anticipating a large amount of leftovers, as there are only 3 people in my family, but we ate all of it. I can’t wait to make this again. It is definitely a new family favorite. Thank you!

      1. 4 stars
        It was great. I added more seasoning to the sauce such as garlic power, onion powder, salt, and Badia complete seasoning to make it a little more flavorful. I also added the lemon juice which really kicked it up. The sauce never thickened up for me but that’s fine. We paired it with whole grain penne pasta.

  11. 5 stars
    Was excellent! I loved everything about this! Personally I would par boil my broccoli first as I enjoy a more tender taste, but if you enjoy a crunch go for it. I had to add just a smidge more flour to thicken up (used regular flour and whole milk). Overall great recipe. My boyfriend loved it!

  12. I’ve never really had almond milk. Do use the original or the unsweetened. And I wonder by using almond flour and making it less carb if that would make much of a difference