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Garlic Butter Chicken Easy Stovetop Recipe

Garlic Butter Chicken — Tender, juicy chicken bathed in a rich garlic butter sauce with a splash of wine for extra flavor!! This EASY stovetop chicken recipe is ready in 15 minutes and will become a family FAVORITE!

Garlic Butter Chicken Easy Stovetop Recipe
Garlic Butter Chicken

Skillet Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe

If you’re in need of a fast and easy 15-minute chicken dinner, this comforting garlic butter chicken breast recipe will be a new family favorite. It’s made in one skillet, which is great because there’s less cleanup.

The chicken is pan-fried on the stovetop and is so tender, juicy, rich, and buttery tasting with plenty of garlic to provide that extra punch of flavor.

Serve this chicken with rice on the side or a nice salad, and you’ve got yourself a winning chicken dinner.

If you’re in need of another garlic butter recipe, this Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon is to die for! Or if you’re looking for a similar skillet chicken recipe that is great for busy weeknights, don’t miss this Lemon Butter Dijon Skillet Chicken.

What’s in Garlic Butter Chicken?

For this fast garlic butter chicken dinner made with common fridge and pantry ingredients, you’ll need:

* Olive oil

* Boneless skinless chicken breasts

* 21 Salute Seasoning  (or poultry seasoning)

* Salt

* Pepper

* White wine or chicken broth

* Butter

* Garlic

* Fresh parsley, optional

How to Make Chicken with Garlic Butter

To a large skillet, add olive oil, chicken breasts seasoned with 21 Salute Seasoning, salt, pepper, and sear on the first side for about 5 minutes. Flip the chicken over and cook on the second side for about 5 minutes.

When the chicken is done and cooked through, remove it from the pan and allow it to rest on a plate.

Deglaze your pan with a splash of wine, add the butter, garlic, and cook for one minute, or until the butter has melted and the garlic is fragrant.

Return the chicken to the pan, toss it in the garlic butter sauce, garnish with parsley, and serve. I told you this was fast and easy!

What Type of Wine Should I Use?

Use whatever dry white wine you have open or on hand. Chardonnay, pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc, or even a dry rose is fine. Just make sure it’s not sweet. Whatever white wine you buy, make sure it’s one you’d happily drink and NOT a wine labeled as “cooking wine.” (Those just taste awful).

Can I Omit the Wine?

If wine isn’t fitting for you, use chicken broth instead. Note that the alcohol in the wine burns off and what you’re left with is a richer flavor in the garlic butter sauce.

Tips For Making Garlic Butter Chicken Breasts

You need to pound your chicken to an even thickness so that it cooks evenly. Chicken breasts have a thick side and a thin side and you want to pound the thick side so it’s not as thick.

Pounding also breaks down muscle fibers so the finished chicken is more tender.

I used Trader Joe’s 21 Salute Seasoning, which is a mixture of oregano, thyme, rosemary, and more. Use poultry seasoning or a mixture of those spices if you don’t have 21 Salute. The flavor of the seasoning is going to be masked by the garlic anyway. Garlic always wins!

When you’re searing the chicken, just let it be. Don’t touch it, move it, peek on it, just let it sear. After 5 minutes, check on it, and if it needs a little more time, go for it, and then flip it over and allow it to remain undisturbed as well while searing on the second side.

After searing, your pan (if using stainless steel or cast iron pan) is going to have lots of chicken bits and cooking juices stuck to it. This is where deglazing comes in. Meaning, you add either wine (or chicken broth) to the pan to remove the stuck-on bits of food.

Adding wine or even chicken broth to a very hot skillet will cause the liquid to bubble up with lots of ensuing steam. Be careful!


* 3 tablespoons olive oil

* 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to an even thickness (4 average-sized breasts)

* 1 to 2 teaspoons 21 Salute Seasoning or poultry seasoning

* 1 teaspoon kosher salt, or to taste

* 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, or to taste

* 1/2 cup white wine* or chicken broth, or as necessary

* 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, or more if you want extra sauce

* 1 tablespoon garlic, finely minced; or to taste

* 2 teaspoons fresh parsley, optional for garnishing


1. To a large skillet, add the olive oil, pounded chicken, evenly season with 21 Salute, salt, pepper, and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes. Do not touch, move, or disturb the chicken while it is searing. After 5 minutes, flip the chicken over. It should have a medium golden color. For thicker/bigger chicken breasts, sear for 6-7 minutes.

2. Allow chicken to cook on the second side for about 5 minutes, or until done and cooked through. Again, do not disturb the chicken while it's searing.

3. Remove chicken with a slotted spatula and place it on a plate to rest.

4. Using caution, deglaze your skillet by adding wine (or broth) and allow the liquid to bubble up and steam violently for a few seconds.

5. Add the butter and allow it to melt about 1 minute; stir continuously until melted.

6. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute; stir continuously.

7. Turn the heat off, add the chicken back into the skillet, flip it around in the garlic butter sauce, and spoon the sauce over the chicken.

8. Optionally garnish with parsley and serve immediately.


Wine: I recommend white wine because I think the flavor is better than chicken broth, and I personally believe that the alcohol burns off, and what you're left with is the flavor imparted by the wine. However, use broth if that is a better option for your lifestyle or needs.

Storage: Chicken will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 5 days and in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Nutrition Information:

Yield: 4 Serving Size:1 Amount Per Serving:Calories: 294 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 13g Cholesterol: 63mg Sodium: 2936mg Carbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 15g

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