Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders
- 1 lb chicken tenders
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme (or 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves)
- Fresh parsley, chopped (for garnish)
Season the chicken tenders with salt and pepper. Dredge each tender in the all-purpose flour, shaking off any excess.
In a large skillet or frying pan, heat the butter and olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the chicken tenders to the pan and cook until they are golden brown on both sides and cooked through. This will take about 4-5 minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the tenders. Once cooked, remove the chicken tenders from the pan and set them aside.
In the same pan, lower the heat to medium, and add the minced garlic. Sauté for about 1 minute until the garlic becomes fragrant.
Pour in the chicken broth and scrape the bottom of the pan to release any browned bits. Let the broth simmer for about 2-3 minutes.
Add the heavy cream to the pan and bring the mixture to a gentle simmer. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, allowing the sauce to thicken slightly.
Stir in the grated Parmesan cheese and dried thyme, mixing until the cheese is fully melted and the sauce is smooth.
Return the cooked chicken tenders to the pan, coating them with the creamy garlic Parmesan sauce. Let them simmer in the sauce for an additional 1-2 minutes to absorb the flavors.
Serve the Creamy Garlic Parmesan Chicken Tenders over cooked pasta, rice, or with a side of mashed potatoes. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley for a burst of color and added freshness.
This delicious and indulgent dinner is sure to be a hit with family and friends, and it's easy enough to prepare on a weeknight while still being impressive enough for special occasions! Enjoy!