August 27, 2012

5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

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

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thawed)
salt and pepper
1/2 cup fresh sage leaves
1.5 – 2 tablespoons butter

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. Serve with your favorite side dish, make quesadillas, or add to pasta. Enjoy!



Make for: Dinner / Main Dish
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48 Comments



 
 

1
Conna August 27, 2012 at 1:34 am

Love chicken … love quick recipes …

This one is for me to try !

Kisses

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Kevin August 27, 2012 at 1:56 am

Just had to say I love all of your posts! The pictures are so helpful and I love how you keep everything simple yet end up with stunning results!

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Blog is the New Black August 27, 2012 at 4:38 am

Love simple, quick meals. I adore sage/brown butter! It reminds me of fall.

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megan @ whatmegansmaking August 27, 2012 at 5:40 am

For something so quick, this looks so flavorful! I’m always looking for new ways to cook chicken – think I’ll try this on a busy weeknight :)

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Marci Johnson August 27, 2012 at 6:25 am

A super simple recipe. I will have to try this for sure. I would love to pair it with some lemon pasta. mmmmmm.

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Marywithgarden August 27, 2012 at 7:04 am

Yes, I have used this technique also with potatoes cubed with sage from Jacques Pepin’s Fast Food My Way. He is a great inspiration for quality meals done with quick methods.

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May August 27, 2012 at 7:23 am

I love your recipes because they are not complicated and taste delicious! Would you consider creating a cookbook? or an e-book? I would definitely purchase it. I would love more recipes from you.
Thank you

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Chris Taylor August 27, 2012 at 7:27 am

I love the flavor combination; if I have it, I’ll add pancetta and a splash of white wine.

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Cookbook Queen August 27, 2012 at 8:15 am

I love easy meals like this…can’t wait to try it!!

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Ruthy August 27, 2012 at 8:29 am

I loooooove crispy sage! I could eat it like potato chips :) And this sounds like such a great, busy weeknight dinner! Thanks!

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Bev @ Bev Cooks August 27, 2012 at 9:27 am

I pretty much just fell to a most glorious death.

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Peggy Does Cake August 27, 2012 at 9:50 am

Amanda, I make something similar to this with a sage/Dijon sauce made in the same skillet after the chicken is finished. It’s a favorite at our house!

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Kelly Jo August 27, 2012 at 9:53 am

this looks great- I have to do something with my sage STAT! Thanks for a quick recipe!!

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Heather @ Heather's Dish August 27, 2012 at 10:15 am

brown butter is probably my favorite thing on the planet. this sounds almost too good to be true!

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Aggie August 27, 2012 at 11:03 am

Love how easy this is! I have had sage growing nicely in a big pot for years…and don’t ever know what to do with it! It really is so easy to grow.

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Mandy August 27, 2012 at 11:13 am

This looks amazing! Thank you for sharing…

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Melissa August 27, 2012 at 11:29 am

OMG saw this on facebook and looked for the recipe, and so happy it’s up now! Making this asap!

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Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes August 27, 2012 at 11:30 am

I am a huge fan of a dinner that takes 5 minutes! Thanks for this great idea :)

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Madeleine August 27, 2012 at 11:36 am

This looks so tasty and quick! I love the look of sage, it’s just so furry and adorable.

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Suzanne Shepherd August 27, 2012 at 11:39 am

Can’t wait to try this! There’s always room for a new “quick and easy” chicken recipe in my kitchen. : )

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Jenny Flake August 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm

What a fabulous looking chicken dinner! I wanna try it soon! xoxox

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shelly (cookies and cups) August 27, 2012 at 5:54 pm

I love simple dinners like this! They are always the best!

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Kaity August 27, 2012 at 7:16 pm

this looked so amazing, I had to try it for myself! and so now I am sitting here eating my brown butter chicken and crispy sage (with pasta) as I leave this comment. :) thanks Amanda! this is delicious!

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Jessica @ How Sweet August 27, 2012 at 7:37 pm

you’re killing me with this brown butter!

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Natalie August 28, 2012 at 3:22 pm

I made this last night along with your sweet, summer roasted vegetables recipe- sooooo yummy!! Thanks!!!

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Janie August 29, 2012 at 7:31 am

Thanks so much, I can’t wait to try this!

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Erin @ Texanerin Baking August 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm

Haha. Your potato chip comment made me laugh. Hard.

Definitely going to try this! I’m so lazy with real food. I need simple recipes like this! And I love sage. :)

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Melinda @ Mom on the Make August 29, 2012 at 6:38 pm

This sounds delicious and easy AND something the whole family will enjoy. Thank you! On my “to make” list for this week. :)

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Natalie August 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm

Hi Amanda. Just wanted to let you know that my husband and I tried this the other day. OMG, it was delish! I had never cooked with sage before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but wow! So yummy AND easy! Beyond tasty. We both agreed that this is going into the regular dinner rotation. =) Anyway, just had to come back to let you know how much I appreciated this recipe. Thanks!!!

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James September 6, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Wow! I love it a healthy meal I think my kids will love. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Joanne - Inspired Taste September 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

Oh my gosh! Love, love, love this. So easy! Thanks for the inspiration. Definitely making this asap!

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Niki Lamie September 7, 2012 at 6:28 pm

YUM!!! I’m definitely going to have to try this recipe! !! Looks delish!

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Amy Junod September 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Made this tonight and it was crazy good. Hard to believe such a yummy dish is so simple to make. Thanks! This was a favorite the whole family loved.

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Quay September 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

Do you have to use fresh sage?

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kirby larson September 29, 2012 at 3:37 pm

This was the perfect fall dish! Next time, I might eliminate the salt on the chicken if using salted butter (which I used). Quick, versatile and extremely flavorful!

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Robyn November 15, 2012 at 11:37 am

I usually pair this with a side of pasta. I brown additional butter and top the pasta with brown butter, brown butter chicken, shredded white cheddar cheese and a splash of balsamic vinegar. It’s unbelievable!

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Denise January 10, 2013 at 7:11 am

Oh wow. As I am doing a special change of nutrition this is just a perfect meal for me. I love the smell of warm sage and love to have it baked with serrano. Bit this recipe is just wonderful. Thank you so much for the inspiration!

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Annette January 30, 2013 at 8:30 am

I have now made this 3 times, once with pork chops and my husband loves it. It is now one of my “to-go” recpies….thank you!

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Ashlee July 8, 2013 at 10:43 am

I adore browned butter but I seem to always forget about sage. I’m adding this to my ‘must try’ list of recipes. I can’t wait!

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Indigo Marshales September 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm

For those of you who want to make this RIGHT now & have no fresh sage just know that it is still good with dry seasoning. This is what I did last night. For two servings ( 3 thin sliced chicken breast) I used about 1 1/2 2 teaspoons of dry sage (really just enough to cover it) . I look forward to trying this recipe with real sage but trust me this was VERY good even without fresh sage!

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Ana December 15, 2013 at 9:27 am

Last night I made this delicious, quick recipe along with your roasted summer vegetables and what a hit!!!!!! Everyone loved the food, even my picky son. Thank you so much!!! I’m so glad I found you guys :)

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Aleesha March 5, 2014 at 7:53 pm

Hi Guys,

I made this tonight…..it was so delicious. I shared the recipe with all of my family. Thank you!!

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Lili March 18, 2014 at 11:41 am

Made this last night and it was incredible! What a great way to make chicken NOT bland! And it was so easy. Big hit with the bf :D

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Beth Chiu August 14, 2014 at 4:37 pm

Amanda, I have made this recipe many times and my family LOVES it!! As a matter of fact, I’m making it again tonight! Thanks!!

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Brittany September 15, 2014 at 9:47 pm

This recipe had changed my life tonight……absolutely not kidding.

I’ve been in desperate need of a good, simple chicken breast recipe for SO long. And the cripsy sage? What in the world!?

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Catfish55 September 16, 2014 at 7:28 am

I make this tonight & use canned sage instead of fresh, its what I have on hand. Will try it over pasta, I’m on Dialysis so have to watch my sodium, etc. This is especially good because you can use what spices & amounts you want. Look forward to trying it. Love all the compliments.

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Shay September 18, 2014 at 8:22 pm

I found this recipe on pinterest. My niece and I tried tonight and now have a new favorite meal to make. Thank you for posting this amazing recipe! :)

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Katie October 6, 2014 at 8:02 pm

I know this is a pretty old post but I stumbled across it on Pinterest the other day. I have made it 2 nights in a row and my husband won’t stop raving about it. Even better than his favorite Greek restaurant chicken he says!! We could eat this every night…happily! Thanks for such a quick, easy, delicious meal. Doesn’t get much better than that!

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