Garlic Butter Chicken Bites (15-Minute Recipe!)

April 27, 2020

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Garlic Butter Chicken Bites – the easiest 15 minute recipe that requires minimal prep and a few basic ingredients, yet it wows with flavor! A new weeknight dinner staple!

After you try this recipe, also try my Honey Garlic Steak Bites too!

Chicken bites in a skillet with garlic and butter sauce.

Easy Garlic Butter Chicken Bites

Tender, juicy, bite size pieces of chicken breast are pan seared until beautifully golden brown and coated in a rich garlic and butter sauce. Does dinner get any better?

This is my something out of nothing dinner. You likely already have all of the ingredients on hand to make these and those that you don’t can be swapped for other flavors.

I keep chicken stocked in the freezer, garlic lasts for weeks and the parsley is one herb I use in almost anything.

This is also my super lazy dinner. You’ll love the quick prep and super fast cook time.

A fool proof chicken recipe everyone can enjoy!

Garlic butter chicken bites on a plate with a side of couscous and fresh sauteed vegetables.

Ingredients Needed for This Easy Chicken Bites Recipe

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts: You’ll need about 3 medium for this recipe.
  • All-purpose flour: in a pinch bread flour or even cake flour would work too.
  • Italian seasoning: Or just substitute 1/2 tsp dried basil 1/2 tsp oregano and 1/2 tsp thyme.
  • Salt and pepper: I like to use a scant 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper, but go with the amounts you prefer.
  • Olive oil: Just use standard refined olive oil not extra-virgin with a lower smoke point.
  • Butter: I like to use unsalted but salted will work fine.
  • Garlic: Only use fresh garlic here. It really is key to great flavor in this dish.
  • Fresh parsley: You can double this up for more herby flavor if preferred.

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How to Make Garlic Butter Chicken Bites

  1. Heat pan: Preheat a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Dry chicken (for a better sear): Dab chicken on all sides dry with paper towels.
  3. Toss chicken with flour and seasonings: Sprinkle over flour and Italian seasoning, and season with desired amount of salt and pepper. Toss well to evenly coat (all flour should stick to chicken and not be left behind on cutting board, keep tossing if needed).
  4. Heat oil and 1 Tbsp butter in skillet: Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter to skillet, butter should melt quickly. Tilt pan to evenly coat.
  5. Sear chicken: Add chicken in an even layer, work to leave some space between pieces so they’ll brown rather than steam. Let cook until nicely golden brown on bottom, about 3 minutes then flip to opposite side and cook 2 minutes longer, or until nearly cooked through.
  6. Finish with butter, garlic and parsley: Add remaining 2 Tbsp butter in small pieces, garlic and parsley. Cook 1 minute longer.

Collage image of 6 steps showing how to prepare and cook garlic butter chicken bites.

Can I Use Chicken Thighs?

Yes. If you prefer chicken thighs those will work here too. Just go with boneless skinless and trim away visible fat, then cook about 1 minute longer.

What to Serve with Garlic Butter Chicken Bites?

To keep that super fast dinner idea going I like to serve it with:

  • Lemon couscous: See notes in recipe for guide to make it.
  • Pasta: Again a lemony pasta would be good or parmesan pasta
  • No knead bread: Melt in a little extra butter for sopping up with the bread, yum!
  • Sautéed vegetables: -you can leave out the garlic so it’s not overkill)
  • Or steamed vegetables (like asaragus, carrots or broccoli)

Close up image of garlic butter chicken bites in a skillet.

More Bite Size Chicken Recipes to Try

Chicken bites on a white serving plate with a side of couscous and vegetables.

Garlic Butter Chicken Bites
5 from 18 votes

Garlic Butter Chicken Bites

The easiest 15 minute recipe that requires minimal prep and a few basic ingredients, yet it wows with flavor! A new weeknight dinner staple!
Servings: 3 (or 4 smaller servings)
Prep9 minutes
Cook6 minutes
Ready in: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1 1/4-inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp minced fresh garlic (4 cloves)
  • 2 Tbsp finely chopped fresh parsley*

Instructions

  • Preheat a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Dab chicken on all sides dry with paper towels.
  • Sprinkle flour, Italian seasoning, and desired amount of salt and pepper (I use about 3/4 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp pepper) over chicken. Toss well to evenly coat (all flour should stick to chicken and not be left behind on cutting board, keep tossing if needed).
  • Add 1 Tbsp olive oil and 1 Tbsp butter to skillet, butter should melt quickly. Tilt pan to evenly coat.
  • Add chicken in an even layer, work to leave some space between pieces so they'll brown rather than steam.
  • Let cook until nicely golden brown on bottom, about 3 minutes then flip to opposite side and cook 2 minutes longer, or until nearly cooked through.
  • Add remaining 2 Tbsp butter in small pieces, along with garlic and parsley. Cook 1 minute longer (chicken should be 165 in center and no longer be pink).
  • Serve right away.

Notes

  • *For extra herb flavor double up on the parsley. For another layer of flavor you can finish by juicing in half a lemon.
  • Nutrition estimate based on 3 servings. Does not include added salt.
  • For a quick side I like to serve this with lemon couscous. To make it just bring 1 (14.5 oz) can chicken broth, 2 Tbsp lemon and 2 Tbsp water to a boil in a small saucepan. Once it boils, add 1 cup couscous (not pearl), then remove from heat, let stand 5 minutes. Fluff and serve.
  • I also love to serve it with sautéed or steamed vegetables for a quick meal (such as squash, zucchini, asparagus or broccoli).
Nutrition Facts
Garlic Butter Chicken Bites
Amount Per Serving
Calories 394 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 9g56%
Cholesterol 151mg50%
Sodium 422mg18%
Potassium 784mg22%
Carbohydrates 8g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 42g84%
Vitamin A 1242IU25%
Vitamin C 18mg22%
Calcium 54mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.

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46 Comments

  • Holly Arends

    This was delicious! My 8 year old loved it and so did we! I used dried seasonings and less flour so it didn’t brown as nice but it was really yummy! Thank you for this recipe!

  • Heather

    I doubled the recipe and it did take some time to get all the chicken cooked but it was well worth the wait. My kids kept sneaking some of the pieces that were already done and talking about how good it was. They didn’t even want me to finish it off with the rest of the butter and garlic. After it was done they loved it both before and after the garlic butter. My husband could not believe it. He said he thought it was the best chicken he had ever had in his life. That is saying a lot because he and his mother both make excellent fried chicken! My daughter told me this recipe is a keeper and not to lose it. (In a real bossy tone) This recipe is great. Thank you for sharing your skills for the rest of us to enjoy.

  • Vicky

    We loved this recipe. We served it with your lemon couscous and your roasted vegetables which are delicious too.

  • Anna

    Planning on making this for dinner tonight! I don’t cook a lot of chicken breast because it always turns out dry for me…my question is, does it turn out dry at all? Should I marinate them maybe some oil/garlic/lemon for a couple hours before cooking? Thanks!!

    • Jaclyn

      Jaclyn Bell

      As long as you don’t overcook they shouldn’t be dry. And I don’t recommend marinading here.

  • rita

    I just made this recipe and it came out great!!! My husband loved it!! will be making this again.

    • Christina

      Love love love this recipe!!! I had to triple it for my family and it did take a tad longer to cook but sooooo well worth the wait. Made it with sautéed zucchini and asparagus and couscous. A crowd pleaser.

  • Crissy

    This was a wonderful chicken dish, we loved the garlic and may add lemon next time! We served this with mashed potatoes and zucchini! Delicious!

  • Kelly A Willoughby

    Had to triple the recipe for a large family and it still came out amazing. Took forever to cook all those pieces but it was worth it.