A light and easy recipe for chicken in white wine sauce turns ordinary chicken into an elegant and delicious dinner. Equally perfect for a regular weeknight supper or your next dinner party!
Why we love this recipe
Chicken, you reliable old stand-by you. You are always there for us to toss in the pan at the end of a long day when you have a horde of hungry people circling the kitchen.
But to be totally honest, chicken…you can be a little, well, boring. But it doesn’t have to be that way!
Nope, when we cook chicken with an easy, elegant buttered white wine pan sauce it is transformed into dinner party worthy status…in about thirty minutes! Then, chicken, you rock.
All you need for this recipe are a few simple ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry and fridge – chicken broth, butter, white wine, olive oil – and of course some chicken.
A couple of side dishes (we love roasted green beans and a rice pilaf, but something as simple as some sauteed spinach and a spoonful of rice will also work just fine) and you have cooked up the perfect chicken dinner.
Ingredients you need
- Chicken: We like using boneless chicken breasts for this recipe, but if you prefer boneless chicken thighs, those will work just fine!
- Shallot (optional/not pictured): Shallots are part of the onion family. They are a little smaller and sweeter, and can be found in the produce section. You can swap in a half a sweet onion if you prefer that. Or you can leave it out altogether if you want a milder flavor.
- Butter: Keep your butter in the fridge until you are ready to add it. It will melt more slowly that way, which will make your delectable sauce nice and smooth.
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Here’s how to make this recipe
Step 1: Put some butter and olive oil in your favorite large skillet over medium high heat until the butter is melted, and then add your chicken. Cook it up until it is nice and golden brown (about 3 to 4 minutes per side) and then take it out.
Step 2: If you decide to use them, add some chopped shallots to that same skillet and stir them around for a couple of minutes. Add a half cup of white wine and let it cook down until there is just a tablespoon or two left. Now add in some chicken broth and that cold butter and stir it all up until it is melted into a lovely buttery sauce.
Step 3: Add some fresh herbs (I usually go for thyme or parsley), a pinch of salt and pepper and that cooked chicken. Turn the chicken a few times until everything is nice and warm and coated in that delectable sauce.
I start by putting a dishtowel on my counter (to both protect the counter and cut down on the noise). Then I put the chicken in between two pieces of plastic wrap and use a meat mallet to pound it until it flattens out – sometimes I will flip it over if I have an especially big piece. No meat mallet? A rolling pin or even a can of soup will also do the trick.
Well technically yes…it will be much more of a butter sauce then, which isn’t bad! Add a few more herbs to add to the flavor
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And for dessert, how about some good old banana cream pie?
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