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This garlic butter chicken is perfect for a quick and easy midweek dinner. It’s rich, garlicky and only requires 4 ingredients for the sauce!

Better still it only takes 30mins to make. PLUS, I’ve got a sneaky suspicion you might have most of the ingredients on hand already 😏 Follow me…

close up shot of chicken in skillet garnished with parsley

Garlic Butter Chicken Breast

For this recipe you’ll want to use boneless skinless chicken breast. You’ll also want to butterfly the breasts right through to make 4 even sized breasts. This will not only ensure the breasts cook quicker, but also more evenly.

Room Temp

An important tip to ensure the chicken comes out nice and juicy is to make sure you don’t cook it straight from the fridge. This will cause the chicken to seize up and go chewy. Bring the chicken close to room temp before frying.

Dredge through flour

Dredging the chicken through seasoned flour is a nifty trick to ensuring the sauce sticks to the chicken. When you fry chicken that’s been dredged through flour it’ll go nice and crispy. When you pour sauce over the chicken it absorbs into the thin coating of flour on the chicken.

Process shots: mix flour, garlic powder and s&p (photo 1), coat chicken (photo 2), add to oil & butter (photo 3), fry both sides until golden (photo 4).

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Pan Fried Garlic Butter Chicken

Pan frying is the best method here because you get to start the sauce with the leftover flavour from frying the chicken. First things first, let’s see what the magic 4 ingredient sauce consists of:

  • Butter – You’ll want to use unsalted butter, just so you can control the level of salt in the sauce more efficiently.
  • Stock – Chicken stock works best. This not only creates the base of the sauce, but it’s great to scrape off any leftover flavour stuck in the pan from frying the chicken.
  • Garlic – 2 cloves is all you’ll need! Make sure they’re finely diced/minced.
  • Parsley – Garlic and parsley is a classic combo. It’s also not too overpowering which ensures the garlic shines, as it should.

Can I use other herbs?

Thyme or rosemary work great. They are both more powerful than parsley though so I recommend starting off with a smaller amount and working your way up. In all cases make sure you’re using fresh herbs. Dried herbs won’t have long enough to infuse into the sauce properly.

Process shots: fry garlic (photo 1), pour in stock (photo 2), melt in butter (photo 3), whisk to emulsify butter with stock (photo 4), add parsley (photo 5), add chicken back in (photo 6).

6 step by step photos of How to make garlic butter sauce

Serving Garlic Butter Chicken

Once you’ve added the chicken back in, give it all a good baste then plate up right away. You don’t want to leave them in the pan too long or they’ll overcook.

From there I always serve up with a wedge of lemon. The sauce is quite rich, so a squeeze of lemon juice at the very end will cut through that richness. Optional, but recommended 🙂

What to serve with Garlic Butter Chicken?

Here I serve with asparagus and Lemon Roasted Potatoes. Other sides that would pair nicely include Roasted Broccolini, Roasted Baby Potatoes or Mustard Mash.

close up overhead shot of chicken in pan with golden spoon next to it

And there we have it! All my top tips for the perfect garlic butter chicken.

If you’re after another epic garlic chicken recipe check out my Garlic Herb Roasted Spatchcock Chicken!

For more garlicky goodness check out these beauties too:

Delicious Garlic Recipes

  • Garlic Butter Potato Skins
  • Honey Garlic Chicken
  • Garlic Green Beans
  • Roasted Garlic Bread

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this butter garlic chicken shall we?!

overhead shot of chicken served with potatoes and asparagus on white plate

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