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chicken with white wine sauce topped with lemon and parsley

Chicken with White Wine Sauce Recipe

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  • Author: Mimi
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings


You don't need a special occasion to make this chicken with white wine sauce. This chicken recipe is bursting with flavor! AND it all comes together in under 20 minutes!


  • 2 (8 ounce) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound total)
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper, to season
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup water or chicken stock * see notes
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice, juice from about 1/2 a lemon


  1. Slice your 2 chicken breasts in half horizontally to get 2 thin cutlets from each breast. Salt and pepper each side. ** (see notes)
  2. Combine olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet. Heat over medium heat until the butter is melted and the oil is hot and sizzling. Using a fork or pair of tongs, gently add your chicken pieces to the skillet. You may need to do 2 batches if they don't fit comfortably. Cook the chicken on medium heat for about 2 minutes per side, or until golden brown on both sides. Transfer the chicken to a plate. Set aside to make the sauce.
  3. In the same skillet you cooked the chicken in, add another tablespoon of butter along with the garlic. Cook the garlic for about 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until toasted and lightly browned.
  4. Move the skillet off the heat and add in your white wine. Return the skillet to medium heat and bring the wine up to a boil. Cook the wine, using a wooden spoon to scrape the sides and bottom of the skillet, until it reduces by about half (2 minutes).
  5. Add in your water, lemon juice, and remaining 3 tablespoons of butter to the skillet. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the sauce comes to a boil and the butter is fully melted. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Return your chicken to the skillet and simmer for another 2 minutes, or until the chicken is fully cooked. Top with some lemon slices and fresh parsley (optional). Serve on its own, or over some rice, vegetables, pasta, or potatoes!


* It's up to you if you include chicken stock or water. I choose based on what I have on hand (which 9 times out of 10 is just water). Either one works amazing in this recipe. The chicken stock will give you a bit more flavor, but the water does just fine as well!

** For the chicken breasts, I like to cut them each in half horizontally before cooking. I like to do this because it helps the chicken cook faster, and it also helps flavor the chicken on the inside. This step is optional, so you can just leave your chicken breast whole if you prefer. You'll just need to cook the chicken for longer if you do leave them thicker (around double the cook time). 

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes