Smelling garlic sautéing in melted butter, is there anything more scrumptious? This recipe for Chicken and Potatoes in a Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce hits the nail on the head when it comes to scrumptious meals. It has a parmesan cream sauce that is quick and easy, the chicken thighs come out moist and tender, and the potatoes melt in your mouth. At just around twenty dollars, including a bottle of Chardonnay, our family of six had plenty to eat. I am excited to share with you this recipe which is a monthly go-to for our family.
Published September 3, 2021
Updated March 11, 2022
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Remember, when dealing with raw chicken, to wash your surfaces with an antibacterial cleaner after you cook or prep. I like to keep a container of antibacterial wipes open on the counter, so it is easy to clean up and not cross-contaminate surfaces.
Below is the cost breakdown for this Chicken and Potato with a garlic cream sauce.
6 Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless $6.33
3 Tbsp butter $0.36
3 cups spinach $0.74
1 cup heavy cream $0.77
4 Tbsp butter $0.36
1/2 cup shredded parmesan $1.65
1 bottle Chardonnay costs $2.95
Total cost for this recipe is $13.16 for one 9 X 13-inch pan.
Cost for the Second Pan
chicken thighs $6.70
3 Tbsp butter $0.36
3 cups spinach $0.74
1 cup heavy cream $0.77
4 Tbsp butter $0.36
shredded parmesan $1.65
For dinner we need to feed six people, so I made two pans and added only $10.58 to the total cost of dinner.
In the end the total cost for our meal was $23.74
Price per serving comes to just shy of $2.00. Not bad!
And to be honest, this dinner fed six people who had 2-3 servings and lunch the next day for Tyler.
When looking at the cost breakdown you will notice that flour, seasonings and broth are not added to the cost because buying in bulk cuts the cost for these items to pennies. Calculating cost of 2 Tablespoons of flour when I buy twenty-five pounds is quite difficult. However, one day those numbers will happen.
I also buy chicken broth in bulk form and use the concentrated style that you can mix into hot water. For us, this helps cut down on all of those liquid broth containers and having them in the fridge. Sometimes I even use chicken base, which is still cheaper than pre-made stock; there is nothing wrong with buying stock. I do it sometimes. This week’s shopping did not include stock as we already had stock concentrate and soup base.
Why From Scratch?
Firstly, cooking a meal for our family is one of my joys. I love to know what is in my food and what we feed our kids. Shopping for food at the grocery store knowing the food is going to be prepared and cooked is so much fun. At the end of the day, I have peace knowing our kids, in general, have eaten healthy. I have not always known how to cook from scratch, and I used to make all boxed meals, frozen or pre-packaged meals. Using raw ingredients to make a meal from a recipe has been a journey since 2015. Also, having a family of six one one income sent me on a journey to stretch our food budget. Don’t get me wrong, popping in a frozen pizza is our “on the rush” go-to and we enjoy going out to eat at a restaurant.
Secondly, I cook from scratch is to save money. As we are on a budget and trying to save money, we cannot afford to go out to eat a lot. I have found that making food from scratch and buying ingredients in bulk really help us save money on our food bill.
Each week we put aside $170 for our food. That’s it. We take cash out of our bank weekly for our envelopes and we really try to stick to that routine. It can get difficult, for me at least, to want to whip out the debit card to pay because it is convenient and easy. And that swipe of the card just feels goooood, am I right?!
One thing we learned on our debt free journey from Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, is to pay cash. so that is what we do. If you have not taken this course, I highly recommend it! It helped Tyler and I pay off two cars, cut up thirteen credit cards, have zero credit card debt, just went on a family vacation paying in cash, and have cash in a savings account for the first time in over a decade.
Frankly, this system works for us, and I am not pressuring anyone into signing up and following our path. You do you!
But I am super curious… What is your system? Do you have a budget? Let me know!! To learn more about Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University, click the link to Amazon to buy his course.
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Third and finally, cooking from scratch helps manage food allergies. For instance, in 2019, allergy testing showed I have allergies to almond, strawberry, apple, lemon, lime, kiwi, peach, pear, plum, carrot, celery… just about every tree fruit. Therefore, it is difficult to find any packaged foods that do not contain, or have been processed in a factory, almonds.
For example, as more and more packaged foods come to the market, keep vigilant with your own food needs and restrictions if you have any. There are so many foods that have been changed recently and have ingredients that you would be surprised about. Cooking from scratch helps to manage symptoms from eating a food that causes oral food allergy symptoms, and also reduces my need to ever use an EpiPen.
If you have questions about Oral Allergy Syndrome, check out this site!! WebMD has so many examples and ways for you to learn to manage eating with OAS. My OAS journey has been a long one and one that I am still managing to get a grasp on.
Ingredients for Chicken and Potatoes in a Garlic Cream Sauce
6 chicken thighs
3 Tbsp butter
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
3 cloves minced garlic
1 tsp thyme
3 cups freshly chopped spinach
1/2 cup heavy cream
16oz potatoes, peeled
1/4 cup butter
2 Tbsp flour
1 cup chicken broth
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 cup freshly shredded parmesan
salt and pepper to taste
Chicken and Potato with Cream Sauce Directions
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and spray a 9X13 baking dish with non-stick spray.
Having your ingredients out before you start to cook helps to stay organized. Personally, having all of your ingredients chopped, sliced, shredded, minced or cut ahead of time helps cooking run much smoother; rather than taking more time and risking over-cooking or burning some of the food. Additionally, it is serious fun to read through the recipe and dump bowls of freshly chopped and cut foods into the pan to cook; just like a pro on television you can be your own Sioux chef.
2. Season the tops of your chicken thighs with salt, pepper and Italian seasoning. There is no need to season both sides at this time because you can season the other side when the chicken is cooking.
3. Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.
4. Add the chicken, seasoning side down so it can cook the seasoning into the meat and season the opposite sides while in the pan. When you flip the chicken over the seasoning will then be on both sides.
5. Sear both sides of the chicken thighs for 2-3 minutes.
6. Carefully pick up each piece with a fork and then place into a sprayed baking dish.
7. In a sink colander, wash the potatoes, peel off skins if desired, cut each in quarters or small chunks and then place the potatoes in the baking dish with the chicken. The potatoes do not have to be super small pieces.
This colander is simply amazing as it keeps your food away from the water splash on the bottom of a sink. I love to peel potatoes right in our sink and using our disposal makes quick work of the peels.
8. On a cutting board, chop the spinach. Then melt 1 Tablespoon butter in the same pan and then stir in chopped spinach. You don’t have to finely chop the spinach as it will cook and wilt down. Just give it a quick couple of chops with the knife.
9. Cook for 2 minutes while stirring. The spinach will wilt down a considerable amount. If you want more spinach, feel free to add more. Six cups were used here as the recipe was doubled.
10. When fully wilted, set aside in a bowl to be used later. As you can see, the six cups of spinach reduced to just shy of one cup.
Make the Creamy Parmesan Sauce
1. Melt 1/4 cup butter in the pan and then add the minced garlic. It is ok to have drippings and leftover bits in the pan as they add a considerable amount of flavor to the cream sauce.
2. Cook until fragrant, typically 1-2 minutes. Whisk in 2 Tablespoons flour and make sure the flour does not get clumpy. A whisk helps to make sure there are no chunks and make sure to cook the flour for two minutes.
3. When flour is fully combined, whisk in chicken broth, thyme and basil. Adding broth to the butter will sometimes cause steam, make sure you keep hands away to avoid getting burned by the steam.
4. Stir for a few minutes to make sure all of the seasonings are combined and so the sauce is brought to a slight boil.
5. Stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream and then use a whisk to combine. Additionally, be sure to scrape up all of those bits off of the bottom of the pan and incorporate them into the creamy sauce.
6. When the sauce is starting to get thick whisk in freshly shredded parmesan cheese. Using fresh shredded is key to any cream sauce as the cheese will blend smoothly. Using pre-shredded for a cream sauce will just result in a chunky sauce that will not be smooth because pre-shredded cheese has a coating preventing the shreds from sticking to each other while in the package.
7. Add the cooked spinach back into the creamy sauce and stir with a whisk to combine.
Bake the Chicken and Potatoes
Finally, carefully pour the creamy parmesan sauce over the chicken and potatoes in the baking dish. Use a rubber spatula to scrape all of the excess sauce onto the potatoes so it evenly covers everything in the pan.
Bake for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken thighs reach 165 degrees. Especially with chicken, make sure to use a thermometer. I highly recommend a digital one that has a big temperature and usage range. A quick read thermometer is so helpful when the people are ready to eat, and you do not want to take two minutes making sure you do not kill them with food poisoning. Not that your people would be impatiently waiting for this meal as they have only had to endure the smells for the last eighty odd minutes or so.
For this meal we enjoyed tasting the garlic with the creamy parmesan sauce. The chicken thighs had the perfect number of cooked skins that added a great crispiness to their meat. If desired, using bone-in chicken thighs would give a great crispiness and flavor to the dish. In the past I have used bone-in chicken thighs and it was just as delicious but took about 15-20 minutes longer. Additionally, a way to spruce up this dish would be to serve it with roasted or steamed cauliflower and garlic bread. Mental note for the next time the family wants this meal.
Chicken and Potatoes in a Garlic Cream Sauce Recipe
Chicken and Potatoes with a Garlic Parmesan Cream Sauce
- 9 X 13-inch bake dish
- Sink Colande
- Large Saucepan
- 6 Chicken Thighs
- 3 Tbsp Butter
- 1 Tbsp Italian Seasoning
- 3 Garlic Cloves minced
- 3 cups Spinach
- 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
- 16 oz Potatoes
- 1/4 cup Butter
- 2 Tbsp Flour
- 1 cup Chicken Broth
- 1/2 tsp Basil
- 1 tsp Thyme
- 1/2 cup Parmesan Cheese shredded
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and spray a 9X13-inch baking dish with non-stick spray, then set aside.
- Season the tops of your chicken with salt, pepper and 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning.
- Melt 2 Tablespoons butter in a large pan over medium-high heat.
- Add the chicken, seasoning side down, and season the opposite sides while in the pan.
- Sear both sides of the chicken thighs for 2-3 minutes, then carefully pick up each piece with a fork and place into the prepared baking dish.
- In a sink colander, wash the potatoes, peel off skins if desired, and cut each in quarters and then place in the baking dish with the chicken thighs.
- Melt 1 Tablespoon butter in the same pan and stir in chopped spinach, then cook on medium for 2 minutes stirring often.
- When fully wilted, set aside in a bowl to be used later.
- Melt 1/4 cup butter in the pan and then add the minced garlic.
- Cook until fragrant; around 1-2 minutes.
- Whisk in 2 Tablespoons flour to the butter and garlic mixture, allowing the flour to cook for two minutes.
- When flour is fully combined, whisk in 1 cup chicken broth, 1 tsp thyme and 1/2 tsp basil.
- Stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream to the flour mixture and then whisk to combine.
- When the sauce is starting to get thick whisk in freshly shredded parmesan cheese.
- Add the cooked spinach back into the creamy sauce and then stir gently to combine.
- Finally, carefully pour the sauce over the chicken and potatoes in the baking dish.
- Bake for 45 minutes or until the internal temperature of the chicken thighs reach 165 degrees.
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