Brown Butter Chicken

Brown Butter Chicken

Brown butter chicken is another favorite recipe of mine. Because it can be made in a single pan, with a small number of ingredients, and be absolutely delicious. It’s quick and easy for my husband and me. Throw together a starch and a veggie, and boom. One complete meal. One of my favorite things about this meal is the brown butter. When you cook butter, it becomes this nutty, deep, and rich flavor. The orange compliments that and brings a pop of freshness to go with such a complex flavor. I love to pair this with oven roasted red potatoes and asparagus.


½ cup all purpose flour

3 tablespoons McCormick chicken seasoning

4 chicken breasts, boneless/skinless

3 tablespoons of olive oil

4 tablespoons unsalted butter

½ cup sliced almonds

Grated zest and juice of 1 orange

¼ cup fresh parsley, roughly chopped

3 brown mushrooms, slices

½ an onion, chopped


Heat the olive oil in a large flying pan on the stove

Put the flour into a shallow, but wide dish, so you have room to basically bread the chicken. Add the chicken seasoning into the flour and mix up. Note: I personally skip salt and pepper in this stage, unlike I would with most recipes. I find seasoning the flour with the chicken seasoning is salty enough for my personal taste. However, you can certainly salt and pepper your chicken at this point, before dredging into the flour.

Pound out the chicken to where it is ¼ inch in thickness. I use a gallon size Ziplock bag for this, and do one piece at a time. This will help contain the mess and not splatter chicken germs all over the kitchen, because who wants that?

Once the olive oil is heated on the stove and the chicken is floured, it’s time to fry the chicken. The great news is, with the chicken being thinner,  it won’t take long to brown up and cook thoroughly. I still temp check my chicken before serving though.

Once the chicken is golden brown and delicious, remove from the pan and add in the butter. Cook until it is a rich golden brown color, and add the mushrooms and onions into the pan. Saute over medium high heat until done. Once this is done, add in the orange zest, juice, and almonds. Cook for a moment until combined and has a nice sauce-like texture to it. If the sauce is thin, feel free to add in a sprinkle of flour to thicken it a bit. It shouldn’t need much, but it can.

Once this is done, spoon the sauce over the chicken, and sprinkle with a little fresh parsley, and serve.


This is a perfect dish for two and it is so easy to make. I always enjoy making this dish for my husband, and he likes it as well. It is one of those dishes that we tried once, and I knew it had a place in our normal dinner rotation from there. I always love when I find that perfect dish that I know will be great in our normal meal rotation. That means I just created a great new tradition and I’m happy about that.


Have you tried this brown butter chicken recipe? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! Check out my other chicken recipes!

12 thoughts on “Brown Butter Chicken”

  1. Chicken is my go-to food in basically any form and this brown butter chicken recipe seems simple to make even for me. I agree with your assessment of brown butter when it’s cooked as I have used it in other recipes before. Adding the orange is interesting. Admittedly I am bad and balancing out flavors with other flavors. I love oven-roasted red potatoes when they are crispy. I could see this paired with roasted Brussel sprouts as well. This one is added to my list.

  2. This chicken recipe sounds divine!! I can just imagine the delicious flavor the brown butter “sauce” adds! It looks pretty easy to make too! 🙂 I need to consider making this for the next time I have guests over for dinner – I’m sure this recipe is like nothing they’ve ever tried!

  3. Your recipes always sound great Erica! I haven’t tried making brown butter chicken before so I really want to give this a go. It looks delicious!

  4. I don’t eat chicken, but my husband loves it so I’m always looking for recipe sugestions to make something for him. I’ll definitely have to give this one a try and see what he thinks.

  5. Chicken is my favorite when it comes to meat. Although have tasted different recipes,but brown butter chicken never before. I love the look. It’s so enticing. Seems easy to cook.

  6. I absolutely love brown butter – I could have gallons of it lol! It’s so easy to make and tastes amazing too. I add walnuts as well and prefer it over a nice ravioli or tortellini.

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