Sautéed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter

Chicken shows up on our dinner menu at least once a week, more often than not, two times.  I love how versatile chicken can be – I can make fajitas one night, and lemon chicken the next – and it is a completely different meal.  Unfortunately though, my kids are not as thrilled as I am.  I often get, “We always have chicken…”  Or, sometimes I get, “Of course we are having chicken, what else is new?”

I saw this recipe in Cooking Light and for some reason it stayed in my head – without even ripping it out of the magazine and putting it in the pantry.  The other night, I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner – and when I looked in the refrigerator, there were two items that called out to me – chicken and sage, left over from a chicken saltimboca I made the week before.  This recipe seriously took me no more than 10 minutes and we were sitting at the table enjoying our meal.  The kids loved it – and what is not to love – everything is better with butter…everything.  So what do you think is for dinner tonight?


  • 4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 sage sprigs
  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • Fresh sage leaves (optional)


Place each breast half between 2 sheets of plastic wrap; pound to 1/4-inch thickness. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat; coat with cooking spray. Place flour in a shallow dish; dredge chicken in flour. Add chicken to pan; sauté for 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from pan.

Add butter and sage sprigs to pan; cook over medium heat until butter browns. Discard sage. Add shallots and thyme; cook for 30 seconds. Add lemon juice; cook for 30 seconds. Serve with chicken. Garnish with sage leaves, if desired.

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8 thoughts on “Sautéed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter

  1. We don’t eat beef or pork so chicken is on our plates at least 3 to 4 times a week. This recipe looks simple enough for even someone like me to make. I think my children and husband will also like it. Thanks for posting this!!! Finally, a NEW chicken recipe.

  2. I am going to try this recipe soon. It looks delicious. Did you use the lemony chicken saltimbocca from cooking light? I made that this week and love the lemon sauce.

  3. Sage and brown butter is one of my all time favorite combinations. I usually use them together on egg noodles but can’t wait to try them out on chicken. Btw, gorgeous picture!

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