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5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

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5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

I am in love with this juicy, savory, brown buttery chicken. It’s so ridiculously quick and easy — it’s the perfect weeknight meal. I always have frozen, individually wrapped chicken breasts in the freezer to keep on hand in case of dinner emergencies. For nights when I don’t have anything planned, I can just thaw a couple out really quick and have this gorgeous chicken on the table in five minutes.

5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

It’s so simple. Just cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat. About one per person — there’s two of us, so I’ve got two pieces of chicken here.

5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

Grab a handful of fresh sage, about 1/4 cup per person. I’ve got 1/2 cup here. You can easily find sage in the produce section of the grocery store, but sage is so easy to grow, and this recipe is enough reason alone to have some always on hand in your garden! :) It also comes back every year, so you don’t have to worry about making a trip to the nursery every year. It doesn’t have to be trimmed back as often as basil or parsley, so it’s extremely low maintenance. Sage is just about as easy-going of an herb as rosemary! And it pairs so perfectly with chicken. It’s one of my favorites.

5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt a couple tablespoons of butter — about one tablespoon per chicken breast.

5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

We’re going to let the butter melt completely, and keep cooking until it starts to turn brown and the buttery, nutty aroma is almost overwhelming.

5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

Like this. Can you smell it? Oh my gosh. Brown butter is the best fragrance in the world!

5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

Add the chicken in a single layer — if you have more, you might want to do this in two batches — and arrange the sage over the chicken.

5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

Set the timer for five minutes. Cook the chicken on one side without moving for two and a half minutes until golden brown, like above. Stir and toss chicken and sage, making sure to coat all in brown butter, then flip the chicken to the other side and cook for the remainder of the time.

5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

After the five minutes is up, it’s done! Beautiful, juicy, flavor-filled chicken and delicious, butter-crisp sage. I seriously love crispy sage more than potato chips.

So many uses for this wonderful chicken! It’s one of our favorites around here. Hope you enjoy!!

5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

Ingredients:

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Directions:

  1. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces (about 1-inch cubes), season generously with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
  2. Melt butter in a large, nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. When butter turns brown and fragrant, add the chicken in a single layer and arrange sage over the chicken.
  3. Set the timer for five minutes. Cook the chicken on one side without moving for 2 minutes and 30 seconds until golden brown. Stir and toss chicken and sage, making sure to coat all in brown butter, then flip the chicken to the other side and cook for the remainder of the time.
  4. Serve with your favorite side dish, make quesadillas, or add to pasta. Enjoy!

Recipe may easily be doubled.