Skillet Chicken with Garlic Herb Butter Sauce

08.14.2017

The perfect chicken recipe! This super quick and easy seared skillet chicken topped with a delicious garlic and herb pan sauce that’s sure to be a hit! It’s a flavorful protein rich dish, and just what you need for busy weekdays.

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

You’ll Love This Pan Seared Chicken Recipe!

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.

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Then fresh herbs add a final layer of flavor.

Trust me this is a chicken recipe you don’t want to miss out on! You get perfectly tender, moist chicken breasts and a sauce people will want to it by the spoonful!

Plus it can easily be ready in under 25 minutes so there’s just no reason not to try this!

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

Ingredients You’ll Need for This Recipe

  • Chicken breasts
  • Fresh garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Low-sodium chicken stock or dry white wine
  • Unsalted butter
  • Fresh sage, thyme and rosemary

Scroll below for full printable recipe.

How to Make Chicken with Pan Sauce

  • Heat a skillet. Pound thicker parts of chicken to even their thickness.
  • Dab chicken dry. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper.
  • Add oil to skillet, then add chicken.
  • Cook chicken through (turning once). Transfer to a plate.
  • Melt 1 1/2 Tbsp butter in same skillet. Add in garlic and sage and saute until golden brown.
  • Pour in chicken broth and scrape up browned bits.
  • Add remaining butter to to skillet along with remaining herbs.
  • Return chicken to pan and spoon sauce over top.

A butter sauce getting poured of Skillet Chicken with a spoon

Tips for Pan Seared Chicken

  • Pound the thicker parts of the chicken breasts with a meat mallet to even out their thickness, this way it cooks evenly.
  • Dab the chicken dry. The drier exterior will encourage browning.
  • Cook in oil so the chicken doesn’t stick. Don’t use too much or it will just splatter all over the place. You can also use a splatter screen to reduce splatter further.
  • Don’t move chicken around as it cooks. You’ll get better browning if you let it sit still and only move once when flipping.
  • Take the temp! It should register from 160 – 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer, go over that and it starts to dry.
  • Use up those browned bits stuck to the pan for a pan sauce! That’s right that golden brown stuff stuck on the pan afterward creates an incredibly flavorful sauce.

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

Can I Use Other Herbs?

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.

Just note that some you’ll want to be more heavy handed with like the parsley as it has a lighter flavor.

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

What Should I Serve with This Chicken?

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

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Skillet Chicken with Garlic Herb Butter Sauce

4.87 from 43 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: chicken recipes
Prep Time: 8 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 335 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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 335 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 139mg 46%
Sodium 205mg 9%
Potassium 658mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 1g 0%
Protein 36g 72%
Vitamin A 8.5%
Vitamin C 4%
Calcium 2.3%
Iron 4.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

105 comments

  • Dylan Danford: I did this except I decided to bake it in the oven and it came out AMAZING 😉! I tried one of them wrapped in Bacon because I’m a bacon freak as well and serve it with garlic sautéed green beans on the side December 6, 2018 at 1:49am Reply

  • Alizay: HI !
    Can I use dry herbs than fresh ones? Will it give the Same flavor November 2, 2018 at 8:19am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Dry herbs will work, the flavor will be a bit different but should still be delicious. November 17, 2018 at 12:55pm Reply

  • colleen: Any chance you could supplement this recipe with the potatoes and green beans in the picture? I want to make my plate look just like yours! October 25, 2018 at 1:54pm Reply

  • Teresa: Husband and I tried this recipe tonight… Very tasty and delicious! This will be a regular… Thank you! October 22, 2018 at 8:34pm Reply

  • Laura: Thank you for sharing this easy recipe :) It was delicious! October 9, 2018 at 5:11pm Reply

  • 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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