Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

Olive Garden Chicken Scampi is one of their most requested menu items. It is very easy to make, and if you love fresh peppers this recipe is perfect for you. Chicken is breaded and cooked, and then served with a savory wine sauce.
chicken scampi

This recipe was one that was requested a little while back from a young reader who has had great success with many of the other Olive Garden copy cat recipes, and he asked for this one. I wanted to make this recipe for him. So often people just like yourself request many recipes, and if the restaurant is still in business, I can get to it, and I will try my best. In his letter, he mentioned that his family used to go to the Olive Garden frequently, and they had a lot of good memories there. I think by recreating your favorite dish at home helps you recreate those favorite memories that you have when you go out to eat.

If you do not drink wine, you may want substitute low sodium chicken broth. When choosing a wine for this recipe I would chose an inexpensive Chardonnay or other dry white wine. I would choose something that is drinkable. If you want to go meatless on this dish, I think you could omit the chicken and use some mushrooms instead. Either way this is going to be very tasty.

Do you like the Olive Garden? Try this copy cat recipes from the Olive Garden.
Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce
Olive Garden Fried Mozzarella Cheese

Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

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  • Recipe Type: Pasta
  • Prep time:10 minutes
  • Cook time:10 minutes
  • Serves: 4
Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

You can prepare Olive Garden Chicken Scampi at home.


  • 1 pound chicken tenders
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil - divided use
  • 1/2 green bell pepper sliced thin
  • 1/2 red bell pepper sliced thin
  • 1/2 orange bell pepper sliced thin
  • 1/2 medium sized red onion sliced thin
  • 1 clove garlic sliced thin
  • 1 pound pasta cooked according to package directions
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasonings


Place flour, salt, and pepper into a shallow dish and mix well with a fork. Place milk in a shallow dish. Dredge chicken first in flour, then dip into milk, and then dredge again in the flour. Place breaded chicken on a rack and allow to rest 10 minutes before cooking. While the chicken is resting, cut peppers, onions, and garlic.

Saute peppers, onions, and garlic in a large heavy bottomed skillet over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season peppers, onions, and garlic with a light spinkling of salt. Saute until peppers begin to brown. Remove from skillet.

Place remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in hot skillet. Place chicken in skillet. Cook for 5 to 7 minutes on each side until the chicken has browned on both sides. Remove chicken from pan. Deglaze the pan by adding white wine to the pan and add italian seasoning blend. Scrape the bottom with a spoon scrapping the browned bits off the bottom of the pan. Add heavy cream and mix well. Return cooked vegetables to the pan and stir. Add cooked pasta to the skillet. Plate the pasta and sauce, placing a few pieces of cooked chicken with each plate.

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  • Angela Burke

    This looks easy but does it taste as good as the Olive Garden s

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      Some people think it is better.

  • Jeremiah Stecklein

    I think that they differ from restaurant to restaurant. From my cooking experience, I would probably go with panko or may some bread crumbs. I would also season the flour mixture or whatever you use. I would season with (salt, pepper, a pinch of cayenne pepper, italian seasoning, and some herb de provence). This adds a touch of lavender to the wine sauce and make a world of difference. I know people want to mimic Olive Garden, but try something different. Oh, by the way, Italian food tastes nothing like Olive Garden. For the most part, it is very simple with a little bit of spice.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      Thank you for your comments. I appreciate the comments you have. I think you have many great suggestions. It is my goal is to duplicate the taste the best that I can.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      I appreciate your suggestions, it is my goal to mimic and leave it up to you to enhance to the way you desire.

  • Peggy Carpenter

    Where is the scampi? Or am I missing something. :( I hope that isn’t a silly question:)

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      This is the recreation of their dish, I don’t name their dishes.

  • Val

    Just tried the chicken scampi and it’s pretty close!!! My sister always comes down from Canada and our treat is Olive Garden and always Chicken Scampi!! Thank you I may just try this again when she comes :)

  • Brittany Martin-Bryant

    I went out for a lunch date with my friends a couple weeks ago and I tried the chicken scampi at Olive Garden. When I came across this recipe I just had to recreate it for my boyfriend. He LOVED IT!! I always add a few of my own touches to any recipe I find but thank you for your guidance because it was actually better than the scampi at Olive Garden!!

  • erica arreaga

    what type of Italian seasoning
    do you use?

  • Rak

    I tried this recipe today, but was not flavorful. :(

  • sobie

    great recipe, what if i want to omit the white wine? can i use chicken broth or water instead?

  • MewRainbowKitty

    Your dish looks so delicious! Sadly I can’t really cook yet since I’m still pretty young… But I will surely make sure my parents make this. Thanks! :)

  • KerriB

    Just made this tonight. Fabulous!

    I had started and then realized I didn’t have milk (4yr old had finished it off and didn’t tell me), so I sauteed the peppers, onions, and garlic, and the chicken didn’t get much rest time.

    I used the Barefoot Chardonnay and actually cooked the sauce and pasta down before I served it. I also used a hint more of the Italian seasoning than suggested.

    This I will do again!! Thank you!

  • cjmergie

    Whenever I add heavy cream to a hot mixture I heat the heavy cream first

  • kimkico

    It was awesome…. So tonight I’m trying it with shrimp.

  • Diane

    I am so glad I found you! My family loves the Olive Garden Chicken Scampi and it is the only one I really care for, and I am assuming it’s because there is no lemon juice added. Every recipe I have looked up for Scampi includes lemon juice, so I can’t wait to try this tonight. Thank you

  • brenda

    thanks for showing us.. I didn’t know to let the chicken set after putting it in the flour..nor did I know that when the chicken is ready it won’t stick to the pan..thanks.. going to try it tonight.. loved watching you make it.

  • sarah

    My husband and I made this for dinner tonight and were both extremely disappointed. Both the sauce and the chicken were very very bland. It was missing the creamy butter and garlic flavor. Tried to fix it up a bit to no avail.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      I am very sorry you were disappointed in this recipe. Most people have had good results. What do you think I could have done differently to make it taste more like the Olive Garden?

  • LisaF

    I’m making this for the 2nd time tonight. It’s my favorite dish at Olive Garden. Your recipe is amazing! ! My whole family goes crazy for it.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie Manley

      I am so happy your family loves the recipe. I know I always feel great when folks really like my cooking.

  • Nick

    I would suggest seasoning the chicken with italian seasoning and crushed red pepper and maybe add more garlic to the sauce..I used 3 cloves and it came out perfect…other than that it was excellent!!

  • Kimmy Baker-Phillips

    I make this Alot…but you do need Butter an Lemon Juice in the sauce with white wine…I do a NICE Sipping wine…Moscoto…. Garlic too….

  • Jaclyn

    Made the recipe last night and it was delicious! Thanks Stephanie!

  • Bunny

    I’m going to try this tonight. I thought just from looking at the video that the seasonings would have to be increased. I usually salt and pepper the chicken b/4 breading and I think I would add some parsley and parmesan to garnish. I also thought perhaps the person who thought it was bland may have not salted the pasta water like the sea b/4 cooking. Will let you know how I do with this. Thanks.

  • GaryinPA

    Wow, tried this and it turned out great. I followed the recipe with only a few alterations. The all purpose flour was behind too many other things in the cupboard, so I used whole wheat gram flour and it worked great. I also used the wine I had on hand which is wine I made myself, an apple raspberry wine. Also, the grocery store didn’t have chicken tenders, so I used chicken breast cutlets. There is one change I’m going to make in the future, I’m going to double the recipe. I can’t say if it tastes like Olive Garden or not, I’ve never ordered it. Thanks for the great recipe.

  • Cori

    My family loved it. Thanks for the post!

  • Misschriss40

    I absolutely loved this video and I can’t wait to try it!

    • stephaniemanley

      Let me know how your experience goes. I hope you enjoy this recipe for the Olive Garden Chicken Scampi.

  • Courtney

    I’ve used this recipe sooo many times now. This wouldbe the only thing I would ever order from olive garden and now I can make it exactly the same at home. Wonderful wonderful job! Thank you!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you so much. I am happy this recipe turned out so well for you. We all have those favorite menu items that we love. Mine is their Alfredo Sauce, for me, that is to die for! I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, and I hope you try other ones in the future.

  • Erica Henderson

    This is my very favorite recipe from Olive Garden, and while my husband does not care for pasta he had my leftovers one evening and LOVED IT.
    I immediately thought “finally, we found a pasta recipe we can make at home” and then i found your site.
    The dish was amazing, and my husband still loved it.
    We did make one alteration, we used an aritsan three cheese blend, and added a dash of salt, and it was just as good as Olive Garden’s.
    I guess you could say we were cheating by using the jar sauce, but it was still amazing, good idea for anyone who doesn’t normally do the cooking or have wine on hand

    • stephaniemanley

      I am happy you enjoyed the recipe. I think your swap for an artisan cheese blend was a great swap. I buy some cheese blends from time to time, and I really like them. I hope you try more recipes in the future, let me know what else you would like to see.

  • fantasy01

    That should have read “I personally not only enjoy your cooking videos but also your creativity.

    • stephaniemanley

      Awww thank you very much.

  • fantasy01

    I personally not only your cooking videos but also your creativity.

  • ItsJoelen

    So good at the restaurant but definitely even better made at home! Love your pic!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you very much. I am with you, homemade is most often the best.

  • Michele @ Flavor Mosaic

    I love chicken scampi. You have a great recipe. I adapted your recipe and made this recipe and it was delicious!

    • stephaniemanley

      Fantastic, send me your link so I can check out what you did to the recipe.

  • Ginny McMeans

    I bet you can’t keep this in the house long!

    • stephaniemanley

      It is pretty tasty. It doesn’t make it to being left over.

  • Amanda

    I just made this for my family tonight it was great. THANKS.

    • stephaniemanley

      Amanda, I am happy to hear your family enjoyed this recipe.

  • Mary M

    This is my favorite dish from Olive Garden. I have everything in the house except the heavy cream. Would half n half destroy it?

    • stephaniemanley

      It work ok. It won’t be quite as good as the sauce won’t be quite as rich and thick, but it will still be pretty tasty. Let me know how it goes.

  • debdeb

    I love this! I added a little more salt and seasoning to the sauce though.

    • stephaniemanley

      Debdeb I hope you enjoyed the dish. That’s one of the things I love about cooking is making the dish your own. Thank you for giving this a try.

  • Samira

    Turned out great. First recipe and I am a believer!

    • stephaniemanley

      That’s awesome.

  • Zach

    Can you use red wine instead of white?

    • stephaniemanley

      You can. It wont come out the same

  • Zach

    can you use red wine?

    • stephaniemanley

      Yes. I wrote the recipe for white wine

  • Bobbi

    Good videw, very informative. I love this dish at the OG (just had it last night), can’t wait to make it myself. Thanks

    • stephaniemanley

      Awesome. I hope you enjoyed it

  • courtney

    wow! i only order this dish when dining at olive garden. I tried this recipe and it tastes EXACTLY the same!! i did at a bit of creole seasoning to the flour that i dredged the chicken in. soooooo great!

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you very much ;) I am so glad you enjoyed the recipe.

  • Mo

    The proper word is RACK and not WRACK.
    Definition of WRACK:
    1. collapse or destruction (esp in the phrase wrack and ruin)
    2. something destroyed or a remnant of such

    • stephaniemanley

      Thank you for the spelling lesson.


    I just noticed the video

    • stephaniemanley

      I hope the video was helpful.


    I tried last night and the cream separated/curdled. I wish I had read through. I added butter before the wine for flavor maybe that caused the problem. Anyway, I threw out the sauce and tried a plain white sauce. It ended up tasting more like Alfredo which I didn’t really want but was edible. I bought pre-cut tenders and would probably pound a little next time. Thanks for the recipe. Will try again.

    • stephaniemanley

      I don’t know what happened there with the curdling of the cream. I hope you give it another try.

  • bailey&jakeMcNutt

    I usually have sautéd shrimp instead of chicken when I order this at OG. Should I follow your recipe and just replace the protein or would you suggest using the one “just saying” posted?

    • stephaniemanley

      I bet you could totally swap the chicken for shrimp. Great call on your part. I will have to give it a try in the future. Thank you for trying out this recipe.

  • http://stores.ebay.com/downfromtheattics Chelsea

    Panko or not, It was delicious! Could use a bit of a kick ( chili powder or maybe a splash or two of lemon). I will make this again!

    • stephaniemanley

      Some red pepper flakes may also help do the trick.

  • pawg.hunter

    Can you cook this without the breading?

    • stephaniemanley

      You could.

  • pawg.hunter

    gonna have to try this

    • stephaniemanley

      I hope you do try it .

  • Christine McKenna McCloskey

    Thanks so much for the tip about letting the chicken dry a bit before cooking… always wondered why my coating always fell off! Gonna be trying this very soon:)

    • stephaniemanley

      It makes all of the difference in the world.

  • germangirl

    i´m from germany and i´ve been to the states for vacation last year. We loved olive garden and especially this dish! In germany we do not have an olive garden, so there was no chance to get this- But now with this recipe i can cook it on my own. Thank you so much!!! regards from germany!!

  • Bobby

    This did not turn out for me. Not sure why. Cream kind of curdled. Just didn’t taste right.

    • stephaniemanley

      Your temperature may have been too high when you added the cream.

  • JoannLee

    I will be trying this very soon. My son loves the Olive Gardens Dish and I have tried to fix on my own a few times but the chicken never came out as tender as theirs. I suspect letting the chicken “sit” for a bit is the trick for tender chicken.

    • http://www.copykat.com Stephanie

      You are just letting it set for a moment or two. Perhaps you could turn down the heat a little when you cook it?

    • stephaniemanley

      You may want to slightly pound the chicken to get it to lay flat.

  • Cheryl

    Well I liked the video! It’s simple and easy to prepare I will try this and let you know about the results.

    • stephaniemanley

      I am so glad you enjoyed the video.