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5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

I am in love with this 5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage recipe. Making this juicy, savory, buttery chicken is so quick and easy – it’s the perfect weeknight meal!
5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage Recipe

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

Making This Buttery Chicken with 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

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5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Side
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American

Description

I am in love with this 5 Minute Brown Butter Chicken and Crispy Sage recipe. Making this juicy, savory, buttery chicken is so quick and easy – it’s the perfect weeknight meal!

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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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!

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66 Responses
  1. Shan

    Simple and delicious. The 5 minute cook time gives perfectly cooked chicken, and I love the brown butter sage combo. This recipe has become a staple for me, especially since I grow sage and had no idea what to do with it before this!

  2. Megan

    I have been craving chicken with sage for weeks. I finally got things planned and made it today, along with stuffing and cranberry sauce. FABULOUS recipe. My skillet was a little bit to small, so the sage did not get crispy. NEXT time, I will use a different skillet

  3. Marilyn Webster

    Seriously, ,if this isn’t God’s gift to dinner frustration, I do not know what is ?. This recipe can be stuffed, rolled, modified and enlarged to fit just about any situation. I have even made it into a warm salad (and you’re right, Brown butter can stand on its own ) tossing in the obligatory cranberries and pecans ( or walnuts or almonds or any other nut that I have in the freezer).
    When I couldn’t get fresh sage (drat!) I even used dried adding it at the last minute. Threw it into a squash soup. Limitless, kids, limitless .
    Thank you for sharing. Blessings in this Christmas season.

  4. Mary Warren

    This is so surprisingly delicious! I used 1.5 lbs. of chicken tenders (I figured that was about the weight of 2 chicken breasts), and it turned out fabulous! Five minutes is exactly the perfect amount of time to cook these. Simple flavor bursting through a meat that can normally be plain and somewhat boring. Kudos to the chefs!

  5. Kelli

    I was trying to figure out what to do with the over abundance of sage in my garden and stumbled upon your amazing recipe. So quick, so easy and fantastic. Thank you for sharing!
    My mother gets frustrated with me because I always have to make slight changes to any recipe, so I did deglaze the pan with just a few Tbsp of Marsala wine. What can I say, I’m addicted to cooking with wine :) Thank you again!!

  6. Andrea

    Love this recipe. It is  absolutely delicious and is ready in minutes.  Thank you for making dinner on a work night possible. 

  7. Mikela

    This is a seriously quick and delicious chicken recipe! We have a ton of sage growing in our garden (ok, overtaking the garden), and this recipe allows us to use bundles of fresh leaves. The buttery mixture on top of the juicy chicken is a great time. Paired with a light and fresh salad, this is such a great weekday meal when you don’t have time to slave in the kitchen but still want to make magic. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Liz

    I’ve never been able to reliably make chicken on the stove top that’s moist and fast and not stuck to the pan – and thanks to your wonderful recipe, now I can! So easy, so fast. I found this because I’d already made fried sage and was trying to figure out what to do with it and the sage oil that resulted. This recipe was the perfect solution! Used about 1/2 the brown butter recommended and used sage oil for the rest. Moist, flavorful, fast – hurrah!

  9. Laury

    I’ve made this a few times and it’s wonderful! I serve atop linguine that’s been lightly tossed in a buerre blanc sauce – adds an elegant touch!

  10. Bursa Sat?l?k Arsa

    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!

    1. Laury

      I realize your post is from a long time ago, but I’m guessing you need to use a larger skillet. If the pan is too small, the chicken won’t have room to lose (evaporate) its juices. Also, perhaps try smaller, bite size pieces of chicken, if you haven’t already done so.

  11. Katie

    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!

  12. Shay

    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! :)

  13. Catfish55

    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.

  14. Brittany

    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!?

  15. Beth Chiu

    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!!

  16. Lili

    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

  17. Ana

    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 :)

  18. Indigo Marshales

    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!

  19. Ashlee

    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!

  20. Annette

    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!

  21. Denise

    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!

  22. Robyn

    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!

  23. kirby larson

    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!

    1. Diane

      Yes I’d like to know that too. I don’t have any fresh sage on hand so if using the dried how much should we use?

  24. Amy Junod

    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.

  25. Natalie

    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!!!

  26. Melinda @ Mom on the Make

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

  27. Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    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. :)

  28. Kaity

    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!

  29. Aggie

    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.

  30. Peggy Does Cake

    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!

  31. Ruthy

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

  32. May

    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

  33. Marywithgarden

    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.

  34. megan @ whatmegansmaking

    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 :)

  35. Kevin

    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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