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Garlic Butter Chicken

Serve this budget friendly Garlic Butter Chicken along with your favorite side dish recipes and you’ll have a busy day meal on the table in no time flat.

Garlic Butter Chicken in a skillet

Easy Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe Makes a Weekday Feast

Busy days lend themselves to low stress dinner options. There is certainly no shortage of ways to make chicken, and I’m stepping out on  limb to say this one is likely to become a regular on your meal rotation. Not only is it budget friendly but, the ingredients aren’t difficult to find and are typically those that you may always have on hand. Plus, it literally takes minutes to prepare.

how to make Garlic Butter Chicken

How to Make the Best Garlic Butter Chicken Recipe

This recipe comes together in a flash once you have the simple ingredients assembled.

  • Ingredients you’ll need to make homemade Garlic Butter Chicken: Boneless skinless chicken breasts, olive oil, butter, grated Parmesan cheese, all purpose flour, fried Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper or lemon pepper, parsley and minced garlic cloves.
  • I use chicken breasts for this recipe, but boneless skinless chicken thighs work well, too.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of garlic cloves to your taste.
  • This dish cooks quickly by design. Keep an eye on the pan and adjust the heat to keep the butter from burning.
  • If preferred, you can use fresh lemon juice and black pepper in place of lemon pepper. Please note, it will change the texture of the coating.
  • This dish is scrumptious served over dirty rice or buttered noodles.
  • It also complements a simple baked potato or  cheesy mashed potato casserole as well as a side for fire roasted vegetables ragu and linguine pasta.
  • Store leftover garlic butter chicken in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the  ocrwave to prevent drying out.


Garlic Butter Chicken in a skillet garnished with parsley

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Garlic Butter Chicken

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Main Course, Poultry
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy-chicken-breast-recipes, garlic-butter-chicken, garlic-chicken-recipe
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 257kcal


  • 2 Tbsp olive or vegetable oil divided
  • 4 Tbsp butter divided
  • 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts 3/4 inch cubes
  • 2 Tbsp all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt adjust to taste
  • 1 tsp black pepper or lemon pepper
  • 6-8 medium garlic cloves minced
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh Italian parsely


  • Pat dry chicken. Place chicken pieces into a medium size bowl. Toss with flour, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, salt and pepper until evenly coated.
  • In a large 2 inch heavy bottomed skillet heat 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter over medium-high heat.
  • Add chicken pieces in a single layer, cooking in two batches until browned, then carefully turn. About 1 1/2 minutes per side. Remove with a slotted spoon to a platter and keep warm.
  • Add 1 Tbsp oil and 1 Tbsp butter to cook second batch.
  • After all chicken is cooked, add remaining 2 Tbsp butter garlic and parsley to pan. Cook over medium-high for 1-2 minutes until the garlic is fragrant, scraping any flavor from the bottom of the skillet. Add chicken, stir until coated.
  • Remove from heat and serve.


Serving: 1(5 oz) serving | Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 613mg | Potassium: 577mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 143IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I will halve this for my husband and me. THANKS. I just need to buy the garlic to make this!

  2. This is literally THE BEST chicken I have ever had. I’ll be making this for my family on a weekly basis. Thank you!

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