Olive Garden Chicken Scampi – CopyKat Recipes

Olive Garden Chicken Scampi with Fresh Peppers is a delightful dish served in a savory white wine sauce with breaded chicken. It’s topped with a wonderful variety of fresh peppers and onions. This Chicken Scampi is one of the restaurant’s most requested menu items and now you can make it at home.

overhead view of copycat Olive Garden chicken scampi on a plate.

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What Is Chicken Scampi?

Sure, you have heard of Shrimp Scampi, but what the heck is Chicken Scampi? Chicken Scampi is a popular American version that uses many of the same flavor components as the original but substitutes kid-friendly and less expensive chicken tenders for the shrimp.

Why this Recipe Works

The Olive Garden has so many wonderful recipes that can be made at home. This Chicken Scampi works because it’s filled with wonderfully fresh ingredients and topped with a creamy white wine sauce. It can be made as a pasta dish or add shrimp instead of chicken.

There are many ways to serve this dish. So many families have fond memories at the Olive Garden restaurant. Making a dish like this helps recreate those favorite memories that you have when you go out to eat.

Chicken Scampi Ingredients

This copycat Olive Garden chicken scampi recipe uses fresh ingredients bringing together the wonderful flavors of peppers and red onions. Here’s what else you will need:

  • Chicken Tenders or Chicken Breasts
  • All-purpose flour
  • Milk
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Red, Green & Orange Bell Peppers
  • Red Onion
  • Garlic
  • Pasta
  • White Wine
  • Heavy Cream
  • Italian Seasonings
Ingredients for the Olive Garden Chicken Scampi.

How to Make Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

  1. Bread the chicken first. Dredge chicken tenders in flour, milk, and salt & pepper. Let rest while you are preparing the pasta and vegetables.
  2. Prepare the pasta according to the package instructions.
  3. While the pasta is boiling, saute the peppers, onions, and garlic in a large skillet over medium high heat.
sauteed peppers for the Olive Garden Chicken Scampi.
  1. Remove the veggies from the skillet and add the chicken.
  2. Cook the chicken until browned on both sides and done. Once the chicken is ready, remove the tenders from the skillet.
pan fried chicken tenders on a plate.
  1. Prepare the wine sauce in the same skillet used for the peppers and chicken.
  2. Add the pasta and veggies back into the sauce and stir to combine.
  3. Serve the pasta with chicken tenders on top. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the dish if desired.

Scroll down to the recipe card to see my video on creating this dish!

copycat Olive Garden chicken scampi, bread, and butter.

Recipe Notes

  • If you do not drink wine, you may substitute it with low sodium chicken broth.
  • When choosing wine for this recipe, I would choose an inexpensive Chardonnay or another dry white wine. Pick something that is drinkable.
  • Another substitute idea would be to use dry sherry when a recipe calls for white wine. You don’t have to worry about sherry going bad, in a couple of days. This stays good for a couple of months.
  • You can make this a meatless dish by leaving out the chicken and replacing it with some mushrooms instead. Either way, this is going to be delicious.

Perfect Sides for Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

The classic way to serve Chicken Scampi is over pasta. Angel hair pasta or another thin pasta is ideal.

Of course, there is no rule saying that you can’t enjoy this dish on its own. If you are going this route, garlic bread is the perfect way to sop up all that delicious sauce!

No matter how you choose to serve your Chicken Scampi, consider adding Caprese Bruschetta or Marinated Mozzarella Salad as a starter or side.

Storing Chicken Scampi

You can keep the Olive Garden Scampi sauce leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about five days. Reheat gently over low heat. Add a splash of wine or milk if the sauce is too thick. 

The cream, lemon juice, and wine in the recipe make it difficult to freeze the Chicken Scampi without losing quality. 

Chicken Scampi Olive Garden Recipe FAQS

What Does Scampi-Style Mean?

Scampi style has come to mean any dish that combines butter, garlic, and an acidic ingredient such as wine or citrus juice. You can find a wide range of scampi-style dishes, including shrimp, scallops, squid, beef, and chicken. 

What Is Scampi Sauce Made Of?

First, in Italian, scampi is plural for scampo, a type of shellfish commonly called a Dublin Bay Prawn or Norway Lobster in English.

A traditional scampi sauce in Italy is straightforward. It is made by sauteing prawns in a butter and garlic sauce with maybe a squeeze of lemon or a splash of white wine to help balance the richness and provide a bit of brightness. Many cooks add their own twist to scampi recipes such as cream, vegetables, and herbs. 

What Kind of Wine Do I Use for Scampi?

You don’t need to spend a fortune on wine to cook scampi, but you should avoid the cheap cooking wines.

Use a dry, crisp white wine such as a Sauvignon Blanc or a Chardonnay. A very dry Riesling or a Pinot Grigio is also an option. A good rule of thumb to help when choosing wines for cooking is to use whichever type you will serve alongside the dish.

How Do You Thicken Scampi Sauce?

Scampi sauce is not supposed to be overly thick, but if you feel yours is on the runny side, you can use a couple of methods to correct the problem. 

The best way to thicken the sauce is by turning down the heat and simmering the cream for a few minutes longer before returning the chicken to the pan. 

For a faster option, dissolve a teaspoon of cornstarch in an equal amount of water to make a slurry. Stir the cornstarch slurry into the sauce and simmer until thickened.

How Many Calories Are in Olive Garden’s Chicken Scampi?

According to Olive Garden’s nutritional menu, an order of Chicken Scampi has 1260 calories, with over half coming from fat. The copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi recipe contains slightly fewer calories. 

copycat Olive Garden chicken scampi on a white plate.

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overhead view of copycat Olive Garden chicken scampi on a plate.
  • 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 red onion sliced thin
  • 1 clove garlic sliced thin
  • 1 pound pasta
  • 3/4 cup white wine
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • Place flour, salt, and pepper into a shallow dish and mix well with a fork. Place milk in a shallow dish. Dredge the 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 the peppers, onions, and garlic in a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium heat with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the peppers, onions, and garlic with a light sprinkling of salt. Saute until peppers begin to brown. Remove from skillet. 

  • Place the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a hot skillet. Place the 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. Use a spoon to scrape 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.

  • If you do not drink wine, you may substitute it with low sodium chicken broth.
  • When choosing wine for this recipe, I would choose an inexpensive Chardonnay or another dry white wine. Pick something that is drinkable.
  • Another substitute idea would be to use dry sherry when a recipe calls for white wine.  You don’t have to worry about sherry going bad, in a couple of days. This stays good for a couple of months.
  • You can make this a meatless dish by leaving out the chicken and replacing it with some mushrooms instead. Either way, this is going to be delicious.

Calories: 1034kcal | Carbohydrates: 117g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 139mg | Sodium: 477mg | Potassium: 960mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1775IU | Vitamin C: 52.6mg | Calcium: 139mg | Iron: 3.8mg

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