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My Garlic Butter Chicken is an easy 30 minute meal made with fresh vegetables! It’s such and easy one pot skillet meal done in no time at all. Our entire family absolutely LOVED this meal.

garlic butter chicken and vegetables in skillet with butter behind


Why We Loved Garlic Butter Chicken

  • Only 30 minutes including prep time, making it great for busy weeknights.
  • SO much flavor thanks to the butter and garlic
  • Perfect alone OR with a side dish
  • Such an easy chicken and vegetables recipe!
  • Even my picky teenager ate every bite!

If you’re looking for a new easy dinner recipe, try this one – you won’t be sorry!

Ingredients for how to make Garlic Butter Chicken

Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken: we prefer boneless skinless chicken breasts, which I cut into bite sized pieces. You could also use boneless skinless chicken thighs if you prefer.
  • Butter: I prefer cooking with salted butter – be sure and use the best tasting (Challenge is my favorite!)
  • Vegetables: you can use whatever you like but onion, pepper, and broccoli were a hit
  • Garlic: because, garlic chicken! I used 6 cloves but you can use less if you want.
  • Chicken Stock: this makes the delicious sauce.
  • Spices: I usd onion and garlic powder, thyme, salt and pepper.

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

collage of 6 photos showing how to make Garlic Butter Chicken

How to Make Garlic Butter Chicken

  • Prep: dice your boneless chicken breasts bite sized, cut your vegetables.
  • Season: season your chicken wit the mix of spices.
  • Cook Chicken Bites: Sear the chicken in melted butter over medium-high heat in a large skillet or cast ion pan. Cook until they’re cooked through, then remove them.
  • Add Vegetables: add more butter to the pan, cook the onion and pepper, then the garlic, and stir until they’re nice and golden.
  • Stock: add the stock and broccoli and cover, cooking for 2 minutes. Remove the cover and let the chicken broth boil, making sure to deglaze the pan by stirring and getting up all the little bits of chicken.
  • Sauce: to make the garlic butter sauce, move the vegetables to the outer edge of the pan so they don’t over cook and let the stock reduced for about 5 minutes. Add a bit of butter to finish the sauce. Then add the chicken back in to warm and serve with an extra sprinkle of pepper.
dinner on plate with butter box behind

How to serve Garlic Butter Chicken

Whether or not you serve this with a side dish or eat it as is really depends on what you prefer.

  • Plain – just the chicken and veggies. This is great for low-carb eating.
  • With a side of rice or pasta, or even mashed potatoes – the sauce is great over both!
  • Cauliflower rice or mash – a great filler for low-carb eaters that want a little extra. I LOVED this with cauliflower rice.
  • A nice side salad is perfect too!
overhead shot of meal in pan and butter box above

Tip From Dorothy

Expert Tips

  • Don’t like broccoli? Use green beans or zucchini instead or any vegetable you like.
  • Keep the vegetables from overcooking: Be sure to push them to the sides of your pan. If you’re using a smaller pan (my skillet is about 14-inches) then remove them while you cook the sauce.
  • Why do you boil the chicken stock? Can I use regular chicken stock? Boiling the stock reduces it to a flavorful thicker sauce, which is absolutely delicious finished with butter. I prefer using low-sodium stock because the butter adds salt, and when you reduce the stock it concentrates the flavor.
  • Use a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer to ensure your chicken has an internal temperature of 165°F. This is an easy way to avoid dry chicken.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

FAQs

Do I have to use chicken breasts?

No – make garlic chicken thighs or tenders!

How do you keep chicken moist?

Just make sure not to overcook it. My tip is to use an instant read thermometer so you know when it’s done.

How do you know the chicken is done cooking?

It’s done when it’s no longer pink, or when it registers 165°F on an instant read thermometer.

garlic butter chicken and vegetables in skillet with butter behind

Garlic Butter Chicken and Vegetable Skillet

5 from 2 votes
Garlic Butter Chicken is an easy 30 minute skillet meal. We love using broccoli and peppers in this but you really could use any vegetables. The sauce is delicious, especially since it's made with tons of garlic and butter!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Serving Size 1 serving

Ingredients
 

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts , diced bite size
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • 5 tablespoons Challenge Butter divided
  • ½ medium onion diced
  • 1 red bell pepper seeded and diced
  • 4-6 garlic cloves
  • 11-12 ounces broccoli florets
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken stock
  • Additional salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Place diced chicken in a medium size bowl. Add salt, onion powder, garlic powder, pepper and thyme. Toss to coat.
  • Heat large skillet over medium heat. Melt 3 tablespoons Challenge butter in preheated skillet then add chicken. Cook, turning once or twice, until cooked through (should register 165°F on an instant read thermometer). Remove chicken to a plate and set aside.
  • Add an additional tablespoon butter to the pan, then add the onion and bell pepper and cook for 1-2 minutes or until they start to brown, then add the garlic and cook one minute more.
  • Add the stock to the pan and bring it to a boil, then add the broccoli and cover for 2 minutes. Remove the lid and push the vegetables to the side/outer edges of the pan to reduce the cooking while you let the chicken stock simmer until it reduces by half, about 5 minutes.
  • Add remaining tablespoon butter, then add the chicken back to the skillet along with any juices accumulated on the plate. Toss to coat the chicken in the sauce and rewarm, add additional salt and pepper as desired, and serve hot.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Do I have to use chicken breasts? No, you can use thighs or even cut up tenders.
Do I have to use broccoli? No, green beans would be great in this too!
How do you keep chicken moist? Just make sure not to overcook it. My tip is to use an instant read thermometer so you know when it’s done.
How do you know the chicken is done cooking? It’s done when it’s no longer pink, or when it registers 165°F on an instant read thermometer.
How do you keep the vegetables from over cooking? Be sure to push them to the sides of your pan. If you’re using a smaller pan (my skillet is about 14-inches) then remove them while you cook the sauce.
Why do you boil the chicken stock? Can I use regular chicken stock? Boiling the stock reduces it to a flavorful thicker sauce, which is absolutely delicious finished with butter. I prefer using low-sodium stock because the butter adds salt, and when you reduce the stock it concentrates the flavor.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 324kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 110mg | Sodium: 902mg | Potassium: 871mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 1889IU | Vitamin C: 111mg | Calcium: 60mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

Best Butter for Cooking

While I use unsalted butter in all my baking recipes, I prefer using salted butter in cooking. I always use Challenge Butter because we prefer the flavor of it the most!

I’ve been cooking and baking with, and eating, Challenge Dairy products since I was a kid: Challenge Butter is the ONLY one my parents still buy to this day. Challenge Butter is churned fresh daily from happy cows at over 400 California family-owned dairies. It’s farm to fridge in just 2 days with no hormones, additives or fillers. When you want the BEST butter: use Challenge Butter!

This post was sponsored by Challenge Dairy in 2021, but all opinions are my own. Challenge Butter is my go-to and upped the flavor in this dish!

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Last Updated on January 26, 2024



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2 Comments

  1. This was absolutely delicious the only thing I would do different is cook my broccoli separate then add in at the end of cooking to get the sauce flavoring on it. I cooked some long grain rice and topped it with the dinner mixture. I ate way too much and still picked at it as I was putting the leftovers away. Next time I will try it with asparagus or green beans.

  2. A great 30 minute meal. I fixed this tonight for diner. It smells terrific and taste fantastic. I love these 1 pot diners that are healthy like this one. Another winner !!