Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

I've been going to Olive Garden for at least 25 years - it has always been a favorite! My go-to order is either the salad or the pasta fagioli and then Chicken Scampi - always Chicken Scampi! 

This dish is my favorite - the chicken is lightly breaded and it's a dish full of onions and peppers all on top of angel hair pasta and a delicate white wine with cream sauce. It's comfort in a bowl! I love it! 

Can you make Chicken Scampi without wine? 

What I love about this dinner is the garlic white wine sauce from Olive Garden. It's very light and I'm not a wine drinker - so I actually bought a four-pack of those mini-bottles of wine and used one. 

You can make this without wine though - just substitute chicken broth - it still tastes delicious! 

How do you make Olive Garden Chicken Scampi at home?

This isn't a difficult recipe - but there are a few steps to it. While you're making the dish - boil your pasta - it only needs a couple of minutes since it's angel hair. 

You saute your chicken - then your peppers and onions - and lastly make the sauce. It's fairly easy - but delicate - it's butter, garlic, wine, lemon and cheese - all my favorites! 

This is definitely my favorite Olive Garden dish and I'll continue to order it - but I'll have it a lot more often now that I can make it at home! 

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Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi Recipe

Yield: 2
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 30 M
I've been going to Olive Garden for 30 years! Their Chicken Scampi has always been my go-to order - and now I can make it at home! The chicken is lightly breaded and sauteed - and then it's filled with tri-color peppers, lots of garlic and a little bit of cream - all on top of light angel hair pasta! I'm drooling just thinking about it!


  • 6 THIN cut chicken tenders
  • 1 cup flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 6 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 orange, 1/2 yellow, 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced
  • 1/2 medium onion, sliced
  • 1/2 small lemon, juice & zest
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 mini-bottle Sutter Home white wine (187 ml - approx 3/4 cup) 
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan
  • 12 oz. angel hair


How to cook Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

  1. Boil pasta until al dente (2-3 minutes)
  2. Place flour in a shallow dish and season with 1 Tbsp Salt and 1 Tbsp pepper and stir
  3. Dredge chicken in flour.
  4. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in large skillet.
  5. Place chicken in skillet and cook over medium high heat for 2-4 minutes. Flip and cook for 2-4 more minutes. Remove to a plate.
  6. Add 4 tbsp butter to skillet and scrape put the brown bits from the chicken.
  7. Add peppers and onions. Season with salt and pepper. Saute for about 5 minutes. Remove to a plate.
  8. Add cream, wine, broth, garlic cloves, lemon zest & juice. Bring to a simmer.
  9. As it simmers and reduces - add cheese - grate right into pan a few tablespoons at a time and whisk into sauce.
  10. Cook down to about 1/2 the volume and whisk in remainder of cheese. Taste it - see how you like it!
  11. Add chicken, veggies and pasta tossing to coat well. Season with salt and parsley


  1. Looks amazing! Can you believe I haven't eaten at Olive Garden in probably 20 years! I need to go!