Skillet Chicken with Garlic Herb Butter Sauce


Super quick and easy seared skillet chicken topped with a delicious garlic and herb pan sauce that’s sure to please! A perfect chicken recipe for busy weeknights.

Skillet Chicken with Garlic Herb Butter Sauce on a plate with veggies

Skillet Chicken with Garlic Herb Butter Sauce

Who says you need bone-in, skin-on chicken to get lots of flavor?? What you really need is a good sear on your chicken, lots of those delicious browned bits at the bottom of the pan, and some butter. Everything is better with butter.

Want to see how easy this skillet chicken recipe is? Watch the video!

And that sauce….

Skillet Chicken with Garlic Herb Butter Sauce in a skillet pan with a spoon

Making The Garlic Butter Sauce

The sauce is made from very simple ingredients, here’s a list of what I used;

  • garlic – adds a ton of flavor
  • chicken stock – low sodium
  • olive oil
  • butter
  • herbs

A butter sauce getting poured of Skillet Chicken with a spoon

The fresh herbs add a final layer of flavor. Trust me this is a chicken recipe you don’t want to miss out on! And it can easily be ready in under 25 minutes so there’s just no reason not to try this!

What To Serve Your Skillet Chicken With

I used roasted vegetables here (which I tossed with olive oil) but next time to cut back on the fat since there’s already plenty in the chicken I’m going to go with steamed veggies, and share the sauce between the chicken and veggies (even though there’s not much it can go pretty far). You could also serve with salad and crusty bread.

Here are some sides you might like;


A close up of Skillet Chicken with Garlic Herb Butter Sauce in a pan with herbs and a spoon at the side

And like I mentioned in the recipe, feel free to swap out the herbs I listed for others you like or what you have on hand (like oregano, marjoram, parsley, basil. Note that some you’ll want to be more heavy handed with). Then get ready to enter garlic butter heaven!

Skillet Chicken with Garlic Herb Butter Sauce on a plate with roast vegetables

This is how you do skillet chicken dinners! So easy yet packed with so much flavor. No one wants to slave over a hot stove all day do they? I know I don’t and when you can have dinner on the table in under half an hour with this much flavor why would you need to?

Skillet Chicken cut into slices with a fork picking up a piece

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Skillet Chicken with Garlic Herb Butter Sauce

4.85 from 40 votes
Super quick and easy skillet seared chicken topped with a delicious garlic and herb pan sauce that's sure to please! A perfect chicken recipe for busy weeknights.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Skillet Chicken
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 391 kcal
Author: Jaclyn


  • 4 (6 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp minced garlic (4 cloves)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup low-sodium chicken stock or dry white wine
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tsp chopped fresh sage*
  • 1 tsp chopped freshy thyme
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary


  1. Heat a large 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Pound thicker parts of chicken with the flat side of a meat mallet to even their thickness. 

  2. Dab chicken dry with paper towels, then season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper. Add oil to skillet, then add chicken. 

  3. Cook chicken about 5 - 6 minutes per side or until center registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer. Transfer to a plate.
  4. Reduce burner temperature slightly, then melt 1 1/2 Tbsp butter in same skillet. Add in garlic and sage and saute until garlic is golden brown, about 30 seconds. 

  5. Pour in chicken broth and scrape up browned bits from bottom of pan. Dice remaining butter into 3 pieces then add to skillet along with thyme and rosemary. Stir until butter is melted. 

  6. Return chicken to pan and spoon sauce over top. Serve warm.

  7. *Look for the poultry herb blend pack in the produce section, so you don't have to purchase all three separately. Feel free to swap out the herbs for others you like. 

  8. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Skillet Chicken with Garlic Herb Butter Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 28g 43%
Saturated Fat 11g 55%
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 123mg 41%
Sodium 99mg 4%
Potassium 347mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 9.5%
Vitamin C 1.5%
Calcium 2.5%
Iron 6.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Christopher: I was amazed when I tasted it! Really great recipe, thank you! August 29, 2018 at 9:05am Reply

  • Ildi: Very flavorful!!! Loved it!!:) July 1, 2018 at 8:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so happy you enjoyed the recipe! Thanks for letting me know! July 3, 2018 at 10:32am Reply

  • Denise K.: Thank you for this delicious recipe! I was looking for a dish that could be made with items I had on hand. I followed it as printed, using three herbs from my garden. Beautiful and flavorful ???? June 11, 2018 at 6:01pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for the wonderful feedback! June 11, 2018 at 6:15pm Reply

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