Velvety, easy-to-make cream cheese chicken combines juicy pan-seared chicken thighs with a tangy, luscious, and cheesy sauce that’s utterly irresistible! This amazingly delicious skillet chicken dinner is a dish that’s sure to make the weeknight rotation!
My cream cheese chicken is rich, cheesy, and decadently delicious dinner!
Weeknights are getting better with my quick and easy cream cheese chicken! This dish is just so flavorful! Moist, tender chicken thighs are seasoned with a mixture of salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika, then they’re seared to perfection!
I make a pan sauce with cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and Dijon mustard that’s super flavorful and compliments the chicken beautifully.
This dish is so easy, too! It takes just 35 minutes to bring it all together, which is the perfect amount of time to make your favorite sides! Cream cheese chicken is a simple, delicious meal that will please just about everyone!
❤️ Why You'll Love This Recipe!
Super Easy! Seared chicken with a pan sauce is one of the simplest ways to make dinner! You’ll love just how effortless this dish feels!
Great for Weeknights or Weekends! This dish is easy enough for weeknights, but decadent enough for weekends! Whenever you decide to make it, you won’t regret it!
So Cheesy! Cream cheese & cheddar cheese melted into a sauce – sign me up! If you’re a cheese lover like me, you’ll be licking the sauce right off the plate!
Velvety cream cheese chicken is made so delicious with just a few simple ingredients! I love how. Full-fat cream cheese is what makes this dish so delicious, so don’t use the low-fat stuff!
- 2 pounds Chicken Thighs – You can use bone-in or boneless chicken thighs for this recipe! You can also use chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins if you prefer white meat.
- ½ teaspoon Salt – This is part of our seasoning blend. Feel free to use sea salt, kosher salt, or table salt.
- ¼ teaspoon Ground Black Pepper – This will also season our chicken thighs. I prefer to use freshly ground black pepper for the best flavor.
- ¼ teaspoon Paprika – Another seasoning for the chicken thighs. Paprika helps to give the chicken thighs a beautiful color as they brown!
- ¼ teaspoon Garlic Powder – The final seasoning for the chicken thighs! Garlic powder is perfect for the chicken thighs!
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil – I like to use extra virgin olive oil (EVOO) to brown my chicken thighs. You can also use your favorite oil to brown the thighs.
- ⅓ cup Chicken Broth – Chicken broth helps to create the sauce! You can homemade, store-bought, or chicken bouillon reconstituted in water!
- 2 tablespoons Butter – The butter helps to bind sauce make it extra smooth and luscious. It also makes the sauce taste amazing!
- 4 ounces Full-Fat Cream Cheese -- This is half of a standard 8-ounce block! I love how ultra-creamy the cream cheese makes the sauce.
- 1 tablespoon Dijon Mustard – Dijon mustard adds a zesty depth of flavor to the sauce. We’re just using a little here—so the mustard flavor isn’t strong!
- ¼ cup Cheddar Cheese – I recommend grating the cheddar from a block instead of using pre-grated because the preservatives used can make the sauce grainy.
If you don’t prefer cheddar cheese, you can use another cheese like Colby, Colby-jack, mozzarella, or any cheese you like!
For extra flavorful chicken try using my chicken seasoning!
*Be sure to see the recipe card below for ingredients, amounts & instructions!*
🔪 Step-by-Step Instructions
Cream cheese chicken is so easy to make! The recipe takes just 35 minutes total, but it’ll taste like it’s taken hours!
- Prep. Prepare your 2 pounds of chicken by rinsing it and then patting the pieces dry with paper towels. Then, trim off any excess fat or skin off the thighs as needed. If you’re using chicken breasts, cut the breast into evenly sized pieces that are no more than 1-inch in thickness.
- Season. Next, liberally season both sides of the chicken thighs with ½ teaspoon of salt, ¼ teaspoon of ground black pepper, ¼ teaspoon paprika, and ¼ teaspoon garlic powder.
- Sear the chicken. Bring a large skillet with 2 tablespoons of olive oil to medium heat. Then, once the oil is beginning to shimmer, add the seasoned chicken. Leave space between the pieces (work in batches if needed). If using skin-on chicken, sear skin down first for about 3 to 4 minutes, then flip and cook until done. Next, once the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C), remove it from the pan. Set aside on a plate or cutting board and loosely cover with foil.
- Start your pan sauce. To make the sauce, reduce the heat to medium-low and add ⅓ cup chicken broth to deglaze the pan. Stir the bottom of the pan to release all the delicious, browned bits. Then, add 2 tablespoons of butter into the broth and stir to melt.
- Finish the sauce. Next, add 4 ounces of cream cheese and whisk to help break it up and make a creamy sauce. Simmer until the sauce thickens, stirring or whisking frequently. Then, stir 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard and ¼ cup grated cheese into the sauce. Stir these until melted in nicely. Taste to adjust seasonings and thickness of sauce. Then, return the seared chicken to your pan sauce.
- Serve. Remove from heat and serve immediately, spooning the sauce over your pan seared chicken when serving.
Savory, luxurious Cream Cheese Chicken is so incredibly full of flavor! Serve this amazing main course with mashed potatoes, rice, or even my simple buttered egg noodles!
I also love to pair this dish with a green veggie like simply sautéed broccolini! Enjoy!
💭 Tips & Recipe Notes
- Mix your seasonings together before applying to chicken! After mixing the seasoning blend together, you can sprinkle it onto the chicken, so the seasonings are evenly distributed all over the chicken thighs.
- If your sauce gets too thick, use some broth to help thin it out! Taste to see if the sauce is thickened to your liking when adjusting the seasonings. If it’s too thick, add about a tablespoon of broth at a time until the sauce reaches your desired consistency!
- Let the sauce simmer, but don’t let it boil! If the sauce boils or gets too hot, it may split the sauce, which can result in it looking curdled or grainy. You want the sauce to be as creamy and smooth as possible, so make sure to lower the heat on the sauce!
🥡 Storing & Reheating
My creamy chicken will taste even better the next day! Just be sure to transfer the cooled leftovers to an airtight container and the dish will keep well for up to 4 days.
You can also freeze this delicious cream cheese chicken recipe for another day! Transfer to an airtight container, then wrap with plastic wrap and freeze. It will keep for about 6 months in your freezer.
To make sure the sauce reheats well, you want it to be completely defrosted before heating. I recommend placing it in your fridge the night before you want to reheat!
Reheating Cream Cheese Chicken
I highly recommend reheating my cream cheese chicken and sauce on the stove-top! Add the sauce and chicken to a skillet over low to medium heat and add a little broth if needed to thin out the sauce.
Cover and gently reheat until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) and the sauce is hot.
🍗 More Chicken Recipes
- Baked BBQ Chicken Drumsticks
- Air Fryer Chicken Patties
- Sweet & Sour Chicken
- Teriyaki Chicken
- Parmesan Crusted Chicken
If your cream cheese sauce begins to split, first make sure your heat has been reduced. Then, stir in a few tablespoons of water or broth into the mixture and stir! You can also mix ¼ teaspoon of cornstarch with about 1 tablespoon of cold water or broth and stir. These should help the mixture to return to a creamy state.
This might mean your heat was a little too high! If the chicken broth has completely evaporated, lower your heat, and add another ⅓ cup! The broth should reduce just slightly, but you want to have most of it to help create the sauce!
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Cream Cheese Chicken
- 2 lbs chicken thighs (bone-in or boneless, or use chicken breasts or chicken tenderloins)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- 2 tablespoon olive oil (extra virgin)
- ⅓ cup chicken broth
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 4 oz cream cheese (½ an 8-ounce block)
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- ¼ cup cheddar cheese (grated)
- Prepare your chicken by rinsing and patting it dry with paper towels. Trim any excess fat or skin as needed. If using chicken breasts, cut the breast into evenly-sized pieces that are no more than 1-inch in thickness.2 lbs chicken thighs
- Season both sides of the chicken with salt, pepper, paprika, and garlic powder.½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper, ¼ teaspoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- Bring a large skillet with the olive oil to medium heat. Once the oil is beginning to shimmer add the chicken. Leave space between pieces (work in batches if necessary). If using skin-on chicken, sear the skin side down first for about 3-4 minutes, then flip and cook until done.2 tablespoon olive oil, 2 lbs chicken thighs
- Once the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) remove it from the pan. Place the cooked chicken on a plate or cutting board and loosely cover with aluminum foil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low and add the chicken broth to deglaze the skillet, stirring to break up any cooked on pieces. Melt the butter in the broth after stirring.⅓ cup chicken broth, 2 tablespoon butter
- Add the cream cheese and whisk to break up and make a creamy sauce. Simmer until the sauce thickens, stirring or whisking frequently. Stir in the Dijon mustard and grated cheese. Stir until melted, adjust the sauce thickness if needed, then return the chicken to your pan sauce.4 oz cream cheese, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, ¼ cup cheddar cheese
- Remove from heat and serve immediately, spooning the sauce over your pan seared chicken when serving.
- Other cheeses like Colby, Colby-jack, or Mozzarella can also be used.
- Use more chicken broth, if needed, to thin the sauce. Add about a tablespoon at a time until the sauce reaches your desired consistency.
Angela is an at home chef that developed a passion for all things cooking and baking at a young age in her Grandma's kitchen. After many years in the food service industry, she now enjoys sharing all of her family favorite recipes and creating tasty dinner and amazing dessert recipes here at Bake It With Love!