Garlic Butter Skillet Chicken is a quick and easy weeknight dish made with chicken breasts, paprika, herbs, butter, and garlic. It’s seared on both sides and then baked in the oven until perfectly moist inside. After it’s cooked, the garlic butter sauce is spooned over the top to make this a mouth-watering meal that your whole family will love.
Garlic Butter Skillet Chicken
Garlic butter chicken is perfect for busy weeknights when you don’t have much time to cook but still want to eat a homemade meal. This easy chicken recipe is covered with a flavorful garlic butter sauce and served hot with a side of mashed potatoes or roasted Brussels sprouts. This easy dinner idea is a family favorite and will be your favorite chicken recipe.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Season both sides of chicken with paprika, basil, parsley, salt and pepper.
In a small bowl, mix together butter and minced garlic.
Heat avocado oil in a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.
Once pan is heated through, add chicken.
Cook for 1-2 minutes each side.
Pour garlic butter sauce over the chicken and place the skillet in the preheated oven.
Bake for 15-25 minutes depending on the size of chicken breasts.
Chicken breasts should get to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
Remove skillet from the oven.
Use a spoon to pour the garlic butter sauce from the pan onto each chicken breast before serving.
Tips for Success and Variations
Here are some tips and variations to make this the best garlic butter skillet chicken recipe you’ve ever cooked.
- Add a quarter cup of white wine or chicken broth to the chicken after searing it and before putting it in the oven.
- If you don’t have fresh garlic cloves, you can use garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, or fresh herbs.
- Use boneless skinless chicken thighs or chicken tenders instead of boneless skinless chicken breasts.
- Add some heat with red pepper flakes.
- Squeeze some fresh lemon juice into the bowl of garlic butter to pour over the top of the chicken.
- Turn this garlic butter chicken recipe into a sheet pan dinner by roasting the chicken in the oven instead of searing it in a frying pan
How To Serve
How to Store
To Refrigerate: Keep leftover chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to five days.
To Freeze: You can also freeze leftover chicken cutlets in a large freezer bag for up to three months.
To reheat: If your chicken is stored in the refrigerator, place it on a plate and microwave it in 30-second increments until it’s hot all the way through.
If it’s been stored in the freezer, allow it to thaw in the refrigerator overnight, then heat it up in the microwave.
How do I keep the garlic from burning when cooking garlic butter chicken?
Minced garlic burns quickly, so this recipe recommends that you sprinkle the chicken with the seasonings and wait to spoon the creamy garlic butter sauce on after it’s done cooking.
Why is my garlic butter chicken too salty?
It’s important to only add a sprinkle of salt to this flavorful garlic butter chicken. Each type of salt has its own level of saltiness which could also affect how salty it tastes. Be sure to only add salt before cooking the chicken and not after it’s done and ready to serve.
Can I use butter to saute skillet chicken before baking?
Butter burns at a much lower temperature than other fats like avocado oil or olive oil. Since you also bake the chicken, it’s best to use oil to sear it and then add the garlic butter sauce after it’s done cooking.
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- ½ teaspoon dried basil
- ½ teaspoon dried parsley
- ½ teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- 6 tablespoons butter, melted
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
- Season both sides of chicken with paprika, basil, parsley, salt, and pepper.
- In a small bowl, mix together butter and minced garlic.
- Heat avocado oil in a cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat.
- Once the pan is heated through, add chicken and cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.
- Pour garlic butter sauce over the chicken and place the skillet in the preheated oven.
- Bake for 15-25 minutes, depending on the size of the chicken breasts.
- Chicken breasts should get to an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.
- Remove the skillet from the oven.
- Use a spoon to pour the garlic butter sauce from the pan onto each chicken breast before serving.
This recipe makes plenty of this liquid gold garlic butter sauce. It is delicious poured on the chicken after plating but also poured onto an accompanying side of mashed potatoes.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 386Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 148mgSodium: 421mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 38g