Easy Chicken Breasts With Creamy Parmesan Sauce

Chicken with creamy parmesan sauce
The Spruce
Ratings (68)
  • Total: 28 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins
  • Cook: 18 mins
  • Yield: 4 to 6 Servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
1072 Calories
69g Fat
12g Carbs
96g Protein
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Delicious boneless chicken breasts are browned in the skillet then served with a wonderful and really easy cream cheese and Parmesan cheese sauce. The sauce is similar to a Mornay sauce with the addition of cream cheese. It's rich, creamy, and full of flavor. 

Serve this simple chicken and Parmesan sauce with hot buttered noodles and creamed spinach or fresh sliced tomatoes for a meal your family will love.


  • 4 to 6 chicken breast halves (boneless, without skin)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper (to taste)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • For the Sauce:
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic (finely minced)
  • 4 green onions (thinly sliced)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1 cup milk (or half-and-half)
  • 1 cup parmesan cheese (freshly shredded; about 2/3 to 3/4 cup grated)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper

Steps to Make It

Note: while there are multiple steps to this recipe, this chicken dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for cooking.

For Chicken

  1. Put chicken breasts between sheets of plastic wrap or in a plastic food storage bag and gently pound to thin evenly.

  2. Sprinkle the chicken breasts lightly with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.

  4. Add chicken and cook for about 5 to 6 minutes on each side, until nicely browned and cooked through. Juices should run clear when the thickest part of a chicken breast is cut with a knife.

  5. The minimum safe temperature for chicken is 165 F. Test with an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest portions. Chicken breasts can become dry if overcooked.

For the Sauce

  1. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, melt butter over medium-low heat.

  2. Sauté the garlic and green onions for about 1 minute.

  3. Add the cream cheese, milk or half-and-half, and Parmesan cheese and heat until hot and smooth.

  4. Stir in pepper and salt, to taste.

  5. Ladle sauce over the chicken and garnish with parsley.

Kitchen Notes

  • If the chicken breasts are large, slice them in half horizontally to make two cutlets of even thickness. Alternatively, buy pre-sliced chicken breast cutlets. 

  • Replace the chicken with turkey breast cutlets.

  • For Tuscan flavor, add 1/2 cup of chopped sun-dried tomatoes (in oil, drained) and a tablespoon or more of fresh chopped basil leaves.

  • Serve the chicken over hot cooked noodles or another kind of pasta, or serve with rice or roasted potatoes. Add cooked greens, broccoli, or steamed green beans, or serve with a tossed salad. 

  • Substitute heavy cream for the cream cheese.

  • If you prefer cheddar cheese, add about 1 cup, shredded, in place of the Parmesan.

What is a Serving Size of Chicken?

  • Boneless chicken breasts often weigh in at 8 to 10 ounces, while a serving size is about half of that, or about 4 ounces. Choose smaller chicken breasts for meals or turn a large chicken breast into two smaller serving-size cutlets by slicing it in half horizontally.