Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

I love the taste of scampi, yet I’m not a huge seafood lover. I always turn to the alternative, chicken scampi. Olive Garden makes an incredible chicken scampi and now you can prepare this dish at home.

1 tablespoon butter
2 tablespoons flour
3/4 cup milk; hot

3 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons garlic, crushed
3/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
2 tablespoons Italian seasoning
black pepper to taste
3/4 cup white wine
1 cup chicken broth
1/4 cup white sauce

1/2 package angel hair pasta, cooked and drained
bell peppers; thinly sliced
red onions; thinly sliced
10 cloves of garlic; roasted
2 chicken breasts; sliced
olive oil

For white sauce:
Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a sauce pan, add 2 tablespoons flour and cook for 2 minutes on medium heat stirring constantly. Slowly add 3/4 cup hot milk (hot so it won’t get lumpy). Set aside. (Keep the white sauce hot until you add to the scampi sauce)

For scampi sauce:
Heat butter over low heat; add the garlic, Italian seasoning, crushed red pepper and black pepper. Cook for about 2 minutes on low heat. Add the wine and chicken broth. Stir until combined and simmer about 30 minutes. Add the white sauce and cook till slightly thickened. In a large skillet, saute chicken in a little olive oil until almost done. Add the peppers and onions, then saute until chicken is cooked through. Add the sauce. Saute until everything is warmed. Add roasted garlic cloves. Serve over pasta.  Pour a little of the leftover white sauce over the dish.

37 thoughts on “Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi

  1. courtney says:

    I think that the 2 T of italian seasoning is incorrect, more like 2 tsp. I made this thinking that was way too much but making it anyways. It was completely ruined and didn’t turn out because of it!

  2. Carol G says:

    My husband;s favorite at OG is Chicken Scampi, so today I tried it according to your recipe. We both agreed that the Italian seasoning and the red crushed pepper was way too much, and the pepper not even necessary for this meal. I would suggest 1 to 2 tsp of Italian. seasoning and if you must, only 1/2 tsp. crushed red pepper. I doubled the recipe for the white sauce and used it all and the scampi sauce was thickened just right.

  3. The reason for the recipe not to work is because its made incorrectly. All the portions are wrong. Sorry to be a butthead, but im a former Olive Garden employee

  4. Kathy says:

    Thanks Christine, you are a BIG help. How about some help? If you know the proportions,why not tell us? Stop being a butthead.

  5. Linda says:

    I have seen other recipes that state 2 tsp. of Italian seasoning and also 1/ or 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper.

  6. Poca says:

    I tried this recipe and it didn’t have a lot of flavor to it. I really didn’t like it. Olive Garden is so much better.

  7. Teresa says:

    We just had this at Olive Garden on Wednesday. Can’t wait to make this and see how it tastes compared to Olive Garden.

  8. Lee says:

    Omit the crushed pepper AND italion seasoning and you will be very happy. Been a chef for 30 years, this will get you close to what your looking for.

  9. Shannon says:

    I made this last weekend, and it was pretty close to Olive Garden’s. The only alterations I would make would be waaaay less Italian seasoning (I realized it was too much at the end and skimmed a lot of it off before adding the sauce to the chicken); definitely use all of the white sauce when combining the two sauces; and if I remember right, Olive Garden lightly breads their chicken for the scampi dish, so I coated the chicken in seasoned flour and cooked it while the peppers and onions cooked in the sauce and then just covered the chicken and pasta with the sauce before serving. It was fabulous!

  10. lyssa says:

    i agree with most of you when you say the italian seasoning and the crushed red pepper was too much. i used much less. i did not think it needed any black pepper. i used all of the white sauce and could have used a little more. and i also lightly dusted the chicken with flour and seasonings. overall with the alterations the dish was pretty close to the real thing. i am also a former olive garden employee.

  11. Gregg says:

    I have been looking for a recipe for a long time that would compare to Olive Garden’s Chicken Scampi.
    I am afraid to try it now after reading posts. Think I will try it without the red pepper and the Italian seasoning as Lee commented.

  12. Lois says:

    On my first trip to an Olive Garden, the restaurant north of Duluth, MN, I ordered chicken scampi. I had been an avid fan of shrimp scampi for years. The Duluth chicken scampi did not have any garlic. From reading your recipe, I am guessing it was served with only the white sauce.

  13. My grandson loves the chicken scampi at the olive garden so i decided to look it up and see the way the olive garden makes it so i can surprise him when he comes to visit. now that i’ve read all the comments i’m not to sure about trying to copy the receipe

  14. Mandy says:

    Made this even after reading the comments and omitted the red pepper. Added another tsp of flour to sauce to make it creamier and lightly floured the chicken and my dish tastes almost exactly like OG’s. So pleased. Thx!

  15. coffee121858 says:

    My suggestion for those of you who are not sure they want to try this, is to copy the recipe and then read ALL of the reviwes and make changes according to what you think you would prefer, or like, that’s how I do mine and it seems to work for me. If there is something in a recipe that you and/or your family don’t like then don’t add it or only add a smaller portion of whatever the recipe calls for. Chicken Scampi is one of my favorite “go to” Olive Garden dishes and I seem to stick with it simply because I’ve tried a few things there and it was either too hot with pepper or did not appeal to my taste.

  16. Justin & Denise says:

    OMG! Why didn’t we actually read the reviews before making this!?! I felt like I was on Man vs. Food! If we put a little pinch of the pepper and half the italian seasonings, it would have been amazing! It was good, don’t get me wrong, but we had to keep milk on hand and a piece of bread!

  17. coffee121858 says:

    I do not recall OG’s Chicken Scampi being hot so for me and my family I always omit the crushed red pepper from the recipe. I only use 1 Tbls. of the Italian Seasoning as well. You don’t want to mess up something that was perfect to begin with….you know,” if it aint broke don’t fix it.”

  18. Frederick hoskins says:

    I made this recipe 3 time in my option like every body else either omit the red pepper or use very little like wise with the Italian seasoning. It’s perfect with very little or with out

  19. Doug & Brenda ..... says:

    This is the best pasta we’ve had since the New-Orleans
    pasta at the Blue Heron, in Hugo MN.
    Doug’s mom had made this, and she said to change the 2 tablespoons of Itailan seasoning, to 2 teaspoons of Itailan seasoning. So we did… and it made the difference. PERFECT!.. when from 3/4 cup of wine to 1 cup. and finished the bottle with the pasta. lol.. Next time, we’re adding shrimp too. Bon-Appetite. Doug & Brenda.

  20. Amy says:

    I went to Olive Garden last night and had this..although, I asked them to omit the red peppers and add sundried tomatoes..It was SOOO GOOD! Even the waitress said she could’nt wait to try it. I’m taking everyone’s advice and removing the italian seasoning and crushed peppers..I didn’t taste that in there anyway.

  21. Jacquie says:

    I, also, agree with a smaller amount of italian seasoning and pretty much omitting the crushed red pepper. One thing I added, though, was a dash of lemon pepper instead of just plain black pepper. It lightens it up where the red pepper brings it down.

  22. Emily says:

    I really wanted to try this recipe, so after reading the reviews I decided to completely leave out the Italian seasoning and crushed red pepper. I also lightly floured the chicken so that it would be more similar to olive garden’s recipe, and added shrimp. It came out delicious and my family loved it! The sauce was just the right thickness and tasted great. I used pinot grigio for the white wine and it really complimented the flavors. Definitely going to make this again.

  23. Jaysen says:

    I made this dish on Valentines day because my girl said it was her favorite. I followed the advise of several posters here and cut the Italian seasoning to teaspoon instead of tablespoon. I also took some creative liberty and added garlic to the white sauce as well as very lightly breading the chicken.she liked it so much that she said it ruined her for olive garden lol. Very good recipe!

  24. Thanks for all the good tip guys. My husband does most o.k. all of the cooking but I wanted to try something new and good for my family and being an employee of Olive Garden i do like the Chicken Scampi so im going to give this a try. Lite or no italian seasoning and red pepper, I’ll be getting back to share how it turned out but im glad i read the reviews first.

  25. Amanda says:

    Ok glad that I read the comments before cooking this bc I was going to use the crushed peppers. Getting ready to start cooking will let everyone know how it turns out!

  26. Yukiko Hanson says:

    I enjoyed this recipe. I did read the reviews before making this dish. So I reduced the Italian seasoning and omitted the crushed red peppers. It was really close to olive gardens recipe. I used a Riesling wine for the scampi.

  27. Rayna says:

    I tried this recipe tonight, and as most everyone said, there was WAY too much Italian Seasoning, I didnt put in the full 2 T but had aabout 1 1/2 T and even that was a little much. I think the crushed red pepper could be omitted, I only put in a sprinkle and it definitly doesn’t belong. I work at Olive Garden and I know it isn’t spicy at all. ALSO the chicken is definitly lightly floured at Olive Garden, so i lightly floured mine before sauteeing it, however i often flour any chicken pieces i sautee. I also wouldnt leave the full breast, i cut mine into smaller pieces.It did not taste like Olive Garden scampi, but mine turned out pretty good overall.

  28. Happy Homemaker says:

    I love to make incredible dishes for my family. I am also a little fanatic about being in the kitchen for long periods of time. To me the over all objective is to spend time with the family not the kitchen appliances…lol. I and my family love this dish but To save time I call the restaurant (OG) and order a pint or two of the sauce and a few other favorites like bread and soup. It is not very expensive and it saves a whole heap of time. If you live near an OG you can call ahead on your way hime order the sauce and add the remaining ingredients (peppers, onions, chicken, pasta…etc). Taste great and saves a load of time. Enjoy

  29. carla says:

    I really wish I would have read through the reviews before making this tonight for dinner. Had to toss almost all of it, DISGUSTING. Sad thing is, I made a double batch, big family. I had the OG’s Chicken Scampi for the very first time a few days ago, and this, was nothing like it at all. Possibly, the Italian seasoning I don’t recall the OG plate having any Italian season in it, there were no little green specs on my plate at least. I will try again, now having read the posts, but I will completely omit the Italian seasoning. I however will still use the crushed red pepper as I like a little hot to my dish. may also incorporate more crushed garlic. I also LOVE Happy Homemakers post 🙂 very close to an OG, will have to phone ahead!

  30. meggen says:

    I really wish I had read these reviews first because this is my favorite dish at OG n this is NOT their recipe. Waaaay too much red pepper and italian seasoning.

  31. jeanne says:

    I made this tonight. best to make the scampi sauce first and let it simmer while making the white sauce. Otherwise the white sauce it too thick and thus the sauce becomes too thick. I would add a little extra broth unless you like a very rich sauce. I used just a tiny pinch of red pepper and about a teaspoon of italian seasoning. Easy to overdo the seasoning, so be careful.

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