This Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi recipe is just like the real thing! Chicken tenders are tossed with bell peppers and onion in a scampi sauce with pasta.
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Chicken Scampi Pasta
Chicken scampi pasta is one of my favorites when I want something outside of the cream, tomato, or pesto categories. And the restaurant classic was always delicious.
I wanted to make it for my own! And I am pretty proud of how this one turned out.
What is Olive Garden Scampi Sauce Made Of?
What is chicken scampi sauce made of?
Here is what you need to make this sauce:
- Yellow Onion
- White Wine
- Chicken Stock
- Lemon Juice
- Red Pepper Flakes
To make the rest of the dish, you will also need:
- Bell Peppers
- Red Onion
- Angel Hair Pasta (or shape of choice)
This chicken pasta is made with chicken tenders, colored bell peppers, and red onion. It is tossed with angel hair pasta at the restaurant, but you could easily use any pasta you want (longer shapes are best here!).
The sauce is a tangy, buttery, garlic sauce that was tricky to replicate.
How Close is this Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi to the Real Thing?
I played around with trying to create the Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi recipe for a while. There are so many variations out there: cream or no cream? Lemon or no lemon? Wine? Thicken with flour?
But ultimately this is the version I landed on and when I tried it side by side with the real thing via takeout, WOW. It is pretty darn close.
So now that I have a good Olive Garden copycat recipe, I have a new dilemma of trying not to make it too often just like my Copycat Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo. Definitely a love-hate relationship and a balance of having access to something so yummy and not going overkill with it.
And it is SO good that I also made the Copycat Olive Garden Shrimp Scampi for you to try!
The Olive Garden chicken has a light coating on it which I tried a few variations of as well, such as dredging with eggs, etc. But just one pass in flour proved to be the most accurate.
It gives it a light and thing crust without density. I hope you love making this at home as much as I do!
- 12 chicken tenderloins (approximately 1.75 pounds)
- ½ cup flour
- vegetable oil for frying
- ½ red bell pepper cut into strips
- ½ yellow bell pepper cut into strips
- ½ green bell pepper cut into strips
- ½ medium red onion sliced
- 12 ounces angel hair pasta
- salt to taste
- 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup yellow onion diced
- 2 Tablespoons garlic minced
- 1 cup white wine
- 1 cup chicken stock
- 2 Tablespoons lemon juice (approximately 1 large lemon)
- 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
- ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- ¼ pound unsalted butter (8 tablespoons, one stick)
- Heat a large pot of water over high heat until boiling. Salt the water to your preference and add the pasta. Cook until just shy of al dente (the pasta will finish cooking in the sauce later). Save 1 cup of the pasta water. Drain the pasta and set aside.12 ounces angel hair pasta
Prepare the Chicken
- While the water is heating, start your chicken. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat. Add 2 Tablespoons of oilvegetable oil
- While heating, put the flour in a shallow dish with a pinch of salt. Coat each chicken piece on all sides in the flour, shaking to remove excess flour.½ cup flour, 12 chicken tenderloins
- When the pan and oil are hot, cook the chicken until just golden brown on each side, approximately 5-7 minutes per side. Repeat with all chicken, adding more oil as needed. Set the chicken aside.
Make the Scampi Sauce
- As you are working on batches of chicken, make your sauce. Heat a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add 2 Tablespoons of butter until melted.2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
- Add the onion and garlic to the butter and cook until just soft but not brown, approximately 3 minutes.½ cup yellow onion, 2 Tablespoons garlic
- Add the white wine and simmer to burn off some of the alcohol and reduce 2 minutes. Scrape up any bits from the bottom of the pot while simmering.1 cup white wine
- Add the chicken stock, lemon juice, parsley, and crushed red pepper flakes. Simmer 5 minutes.1 cup chicken stock, 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, 1 Tablespoon dried parsley, ⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- Remove the sauce from the heat and whisk in the remaining 8 Tablespoons (1/4 stick) of butter until incorporated. Set aside.¼ pound unsalted butter
Vegetables and Assembly
- Put the large pot from the pasta back on the stove (or a new large pot – but one less thing to clean!). Add 1 Tablespoon of oil and heat over medium heat.
- Once hot, add the peppers and onion and cook until just beginning to soften, approximately 3-5 minutes.½ red bell pepper, ½ yellow bell pepper, ½ green bell pepper, ½ medium red onion
- Add the pasta and sauce to the pot. Gently toss to coat and combine (be very gentle to help prevent the pasta from breaking – once the pasta meets the warm sauce, it will start to loosen up and unstick). Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use the pasta water if needed to loosen the sauce and make it saucier as desired.salt
- Serve the pasta in one large dish or as individual portions. Place the pieces of chicken on top.
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17 thoughts on “Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi”
Turned out delicious and a great hit with my family. Will make this again . Definitely taste like Olive Garden. I served with salad.
Glad to hear it tasted just like the real thing, Chantessa!
I used red wine but it was delicious!
Really good. I added salt, oregano, and basil to the sauce.
I will def. be making this again and again. I like it even better than Olive Garden.
Love it! ❤️ Going to make it again
Thank you so much for sharing this amazing olive garden chicken scampi recipe! Will surely have this again! It’s really easy to make and it tasted so delicious! Highly recommended!
Oh, yes please! I love Olive Garden Chicken Scampi, but have never found the perfect recipe to re-create it! I will have to give this recipe a try!
What kind of white wine?
Anything you like to drink! I recommend a chardonnay or sauv blanc. I would stay away from anything sweet.
This was so delicious and much better than the restaurant version!
Came out great ! Doubled sauce and cooked pasta in sauce while it was reducing, saves clean up. Yum!
Wonderful! So glad you liked it! 🙂
I definitely redeemed myself with this recipe. If you are deciding between this and one of the recipes with heavy cream, pick this one. Last time, when I went with the cream, the flavor left so much to be desired…. After all that work! This time around, I even cleared my plate and I never want to eat what I cook. Kids loved it, too. Thank you!!
How wonderful, Laura! I am so glad you liked it!
I have never had the one from Olive Garden, but this one came out delicious!