This Chicken Scampi Recipe is bursting with flavor from the white wine, sauteed peppers, Italian spices, and rich white sauce. It’s also super easy and quick to make!
How to Make chicken Scampi (just like Olive Garden)
- Dredge the chicken tenders in a combination of flour, salt, Italian spices, and black pepper. Then brown the chicken in a skillet filled with olive oil over medium-high heat. Then remove and set aside.
- In the same skillet, cook the minced garlic, chopped onion, and bell peppers. Then add the white wine and let it cook out for a few minutes. At this point, go ahead and add the salt and Italian spices.
- Cook the pasta al dente and reserve 1 cup of pasta water. Then add the pasta water, heavy cream. Bring it to a simmer and toss in the parmesan cheese and cooked pasta.
What kind of pasta goes in Olive Garden Chicken scampi recipe?
I find that using angel hair pasta works best here. But honestly, you can use whatever pasta you have on hand.
What kind of wine is in chicken scampi?
Any dry white wine will work in this recipe. I used dry sherry.
What kind of chicken is in chicken scampi pasta?
Olive Garden chicken scampi pasta uses chicken tenders. If you don’t have chicken tenders, you can always just cut the chicken breast into smaller cutlets.
Ingredients for Olive Garden chicken scampi copycat:
- all-purpose flour
- Italian spices
- black pepper
- chicken tenders
- olive oil
- unsalted butter
- garlic cloves
- green bell pepper
- yellow bell pepper
- red bell pepper
- white wine
- pasta water
- heavy cream
- Parmesan cheese
- angel hair pasta
- 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tsp Italian spices divided
- 1/2 tsp black pepper
- 2 tsp salt divided
- 1 1/2 lb. chicken tenders
- 2-3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup onion chopped
- 3 garlic cloves minced
- 1 green bell pepper julienned
- 1 yellow bell pepper julienned
- 1 red bell pepper julienned
- 1/2 cup white wine
- 1 cup pasta water
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 lb. angel hair pasta
- Combine 1/2 cup flour, 1/2 tsp Italian spices, 1/2 tsp black pepper, and 1 tsp salt in a flat dish.
- Dredge both sides of each chicken tender in the flour mixture.
- Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat. Fully cook both sides of the chicken tenders. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
- In the same skillet, and the butter, minced garlic, and chopped onion. Cook over medium heat until the onion is translucent.
- Add the green, yellow, and red bell peppers to the skillet and cook until softened.
- Pour in the white wine and cook it out for about 3-4 minutes. Then add 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp Italian spices.
- Cook the angel hair pasta according to the package and reserve 1 cup of the pasta water. Add the pasta water and heavy cream to the skillet.
- Once the heavy cream has warmed, add the Parmesan cheese and cooked pasta. Toss to combine.
Ps: We’ve updated some of the photos in this chicken scampi recipe post. Here are some of our old photos.
This recipe was originally posted on Feb 10, 2016, we’ve tweaked it a bit since then.