Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi – A wonderful , easy pasta dish that tastes so much like one of Olive Garden’s long-time dishes…
This dish has been one of my favorites to make for a long time…in fact I’ve been making it since I first got to go to Olive Garden a loooong time ago. I loved it so much that I had to learn how to make it. This was back when I was first learning to cook and I don’t think Google was even around. I did find some recipes online for a shrimp scampi and I tweaked that one to create this one. As I’ve learned to cook, I’ve changed the way I make it, and now I bring you my favorite version of it.
The chicken is simply thin-cut chicken breasts cut into thirds. They are dunked in a little seasoned flour and pan-fried for a few minutes. I had to fight off the husband and kids to keep them from eating all the chicken before I could finish the whole meal!
The pasta is creamy and filled with so much flavor from the garlic and peppers. Your house will smell so good!
Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi
- 6 THIN cut chicken breasts
- 1 cup flour
- Seasoned salt or creole seasoning or salt and pepper
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 1 green, 1 yellow, 1 red bell pepper, sliced
- 1 medium red onion, sliced
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup shredded parmesan
- 12 oz. angel hair
- Boil pasta until al dente.
- Cut chicken breasts into thirds (like tenders).
- Season chicken.
- Place flour in a shallow dish and season with 1 tsp seasoned salt.
- Dredge chicken in flour.
- Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in large skillet. (I use a cast iron).
- Place chicken in skillet and cook over medium high heat for 4 minutes. Flip and cook for 3-4 more minutes. Remove to a plate.
- Add 1 tbsp oil to skillet.
- Add peppers and onions. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes.
- Add garlic and saute for a few more minutes.
- Add cream, milk, and parmesan. Bring to a simmer.
- Add chicken and let simmer for 5 minutes. (Do not overcook or veggies will lose their bite).
- Mix in pasta tossing to coat well. Taste to season and serve.
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Julie @ Julie's Eats & Treats says
Mmmm one of my favorite restaurants! Love this dish of course!
Lynn Joneh says
One word: AMAZING!!!!
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!
Whole family absolutely LOVED this!
Hi Lynn! Thanks so much! We love this one too!
This was absolutely PHENOMENAL. I made it for dinner last night and my family is still talking about it today, wondering when I will make it again. Bravo, and thanks for sharing!!
So glad you liked it Kelsey! This is one of my favorites!!
Laura O @Petite Allergy Treats says
Sign me up! Olive Garden is always a great but the comfort of eating at home! Pinned!
Thalia @ butter and brioche says
you have definitely got me craving pasta now.. definitely going to be making this recipe and reporting back. it looks delicious!
Good deal Thalia!
Danielle | Krafted Koch says
This is my husband’s FAVORITE dish of all time! It is probably for the best that the closest Olive Garden is 2 hours away. haha! If I go to the nearest town that has one for a shopping trip, he will beg me to bring this home. I am definitely going to have to give this a try for his upcoming birthday!
Oh good! I hope he loves it!
Anna Wright says
Can’t wait to try out this recipe this weekend. All the ingredients sound delicious. As a passionate home cook, your recipes inspire me. Thank you. Jaren.
Miranda Bailey says
It says add chicken twice at the end of the recipe. Do you add it before or after pasta? Thanks! It’s on the stove now 🙂
Hi! That last “add chicken” is a mistake in the recipe. Sorry about that! Hope you enjoy!
Tanisha Crawford says
Hi! I plan to make this dish tonight. I was wondering how many people this serves. Thank you!
HiTanisha! It serves around 6 people. Thanks for visiting!
Jennifer R says
This tasted amazing! Wow! So happy I decided to bite the bullet and make it. Thanks, Jaren! 🙂
Hi Jennifer! I’m so glad you liked it! It’s one of my favorites too!!
I am so excited to try this. I’ve been craving this dish, (and with 4 kids of my own) I thought “it would be cheaper if I make it at home!” My mouth’s watering already, and by looking at your picture (that is the thing I look at the most…does it LOOK like the real recipe) it sure looks identical.
Hi Sarah! You are so right about that! It’s one of our favorites! Thanks for visiting!
Heidi White says
Omg.. loved.. so glad I tried this recipe. The whole family loved it!!.. definitely a keeper
Hi Heidi! Thanks so much for letting me know! We love this one too!
I would like this today but I don’t have heavy cream. Would it be as good without it?
Hi Amy! Occasionally, I’ll substitute half and half and I find that just as good.
Your recipe for scampi is amazing! My family and I love it so much that I make it at least once a week!
Hi Michelle! I love to hear this! This is one of my favs as well! Thanks for letting me know!
Crystal Faulkner says
This recipe is beautiful! I love this dish. Thank you for sharing!
Liren | Kitchen Confidante says
I can’t wait to try this! I love when you can save a trip to the restaurant and make it even better at home.
This is one of my favorite copycats meals!
This will be perfect for dinner!
Jaren, thank you very much! I really liked the recipe, I took it to my recipe book)
Mary Linear says
This is my favorite dish from Olive Garden. You definitely got this one right! I made it last night and it tastes exactly like the restaurants.
Can I used chicken tenders (unbreaded) insteasd of the chicken breast?
You sure can, Lynn!
Thanks. I plan on making this tonight.
Shannon Forbes says
Does anyone know why mine curdled? Ack! So much time spent on something to curdle. 😭
It sounds like you had your heat to high when you added the milk. I’m sorry you had trouble!