garlic butter chicken

Garlic Butter Chicken

This garlic butter chicken recipe is a quick and tasty dish made entirely on the stove top in one skillet. Enjoy this for dinner tonight!

Prep: 15 minutesCook: 15 minutesTotal: 30 minutes
Fat 28 Carbs 7 Protein 45
Yield 4 1x


  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4  teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 1 lb. – 1.5 lbs. chicken breast (4 small/medium breasts) 
  • ¼ large onion, minced 
  • 1 head garlic (~ 10 cloves), peeled and minced  
  • ¼ cup white wine 
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter, sliced 
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme 
  • Fresh herbs for serving


  1. First, begin by preparing the chicken seasoning. Place all ingredients into a small bowl and mix to combine. Set aside.
  2. Next, prepare the chicken by using a meat tenderizer to pound the chicken until the thickness is even throughout. Then, season the chicken breast on both sides with the chicken seasoning. Set the chicken aside. 
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium/high heat. Add 2 tablespoons butter. 
  4. When the butter is melted and begins to sizzle add the chicken breasts to the skillet and brown on both sides for 2-3 minutes. Remove from heat. They will continue to cook later. 
  5. Turn the heat down to medium heat and add the minced onion to the skillet. Sauté for 2 minutes. 
  6. Add the minced garlic and sauté for 1-2 minutes or until the garlic is fragrant. 
  7. Deglaze the pan with the wine and let the wine cook down for 1 minute. 
  8. Add the rest of the butter to the skillet. Stir the butter into the wine and when the butter has melted add the fresh thyme sprigs to the skillet. 
  9. Finally, add the chicken breasts to the skillet and flip each breast around a few times so it is coated in the butter sauce.
  10. Cover the skillet and allow the sauce to thicken and to allow the chicken to finish cooking. 
  11. When the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165ºF remove the chicken from the heat and serve with the butter sauce in the pan.

Tips & Notes

  • This recipe is called garlic butter chicken, so butter is a huge part of the recipe. However, if you feel you must use olive oil, please feel free to substitute. 
  • It’s important to sear the chicken so it is browned at the beginning. Have no fear, the chicken will continue to cook in the delicious sauce later. 
  • If you’d like your sauce to be creamy, add 1-2 tablespoons of heavy cream into the sauce right before adding the chicken breasts back into the skillet in step 8.

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 Calories: 468 Sugar: 1 Sodium: 388 Fat: 28 Carbohydrates: 7 Fiber: 1 Protein: 45 Cholesterol: 153
Author: Lee FunkeCategory: Lunch and DinnerMethod: Stove TopCuisine: AmericanDiet: Gluten Free

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