rosemary peppercorn chicken

Rosemary Peppercorn Chicken

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Cracked peppercorns pounded into chicken gives this dish a nice zing, and the creamy rosemary sauce makes it elegant!


  • 2 tablespoons black peppercorns
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 4 ounces or so each)
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped


  1. First, crack the peppercorns!  If you have a pepper grinder, you can put it on the coarsest setting and grind away.  If you want a LOT of peppery bite, you can also put the peppercorns in a plastic bag and whack them with a meat mallet or a rolling pin until they are cracked.  And if you are a spice wimp like me, you can also just use plain old fresh ground pepper.
  2. Spread a towel on the counter and top with a sheet of plastic wrap. Lay the chicken breasts on the plastic wrap and sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the cracked peppercorns on top. Place another sheet of plastic wrap on top and pound the chicken with a meat mallet until the peppercorns are embedded in the chicken. Flip the whole thing over, scatter the remaining peppercorns on top, replace the plastic wrap and pound again until the chicken is 1/2 inch thick.
  3. Melt half the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Sauté the chicken breasts until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes per side. Remove to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.
  4. Add the rest of the butter to the skillet along with the cream and the rosemary and heat until bubbling and heated through, about 3-4 minutes.
  5. Return the chicken to the skillet with any juices and turn to heat and coat with the sauce.
  6. Ladlea puddle of sauce on each plate, top with chicken and spoon more sauce on top. Serve at once.


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