Garlic Butter Chicken

Embarking on the journey to make Garlic Butter Chicken was an exquisite culinary adventure that promised and delivered a dish bursting with flavor. The combination of tender chicken breasts smothered in a rich, aromatic garlic butter sauce, infused with fresh rosemary and topped with a light sprinkle of Italian cheese, transformed a simple meal into a gourmet experience. The process was straightforward and rewarding, making it an ideal recipe for both weeknight dinners and special occasions. As the chicken baked to perfection, the kitchen was filled with the enticing aroma of garlic and butter, whetting the appetite and promising a delicious meal ahead. This Garlic Butter Chicken recipe, with its balance of simplicity and sophistication, was a hit at the dinner table, offering a comforting yet elegant dish that pleased the palate with every bite.

Ingredients (Servings: 4)

  • 4 (16-ounces) boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 stick (1/2-cup) butter
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • ½ cup Shredded Reduced Fat 4-Cheese Italian

How To Make Garlic Butter Chicken

  1. Preheat Oven: Start by preheating your oven to 375°F. This ensures your oven is ready for baking the chicken to juicy perfection.
  2. Prepare Baking Dish: Lightly grease a baking dish with a pat of butter to prevent the chicken from sticking.
  3. Season Chicken: Season the chicken breasts generously with salt and pepper, then arrange them in a single layer in the prepared baking dish.
  4. Cook Garlic: Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the minced garlic and cook for 4 to 5 minutes until lightly browned, being careful not to burn the garlic. Stir frequently to ensure even cooking.
  5. Add Rosemary: Stir in the fresh rosemary leaves into the garlic butter, then remove the skillet from heat.
  6. Bake Chicken: Pour the garlic butter mixture evenly over the chicken breasts in the baking dish. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 32 minutes, or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  7. Add Cheese: Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the chicken and return to the oven for an additional 3 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly.
  8. Rest and Serve: Remove the chicken from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. Plate the chicken, spooning some of the garlic butter sauce over the top for added flavor.

Nutrition Facts

Servings: 4 Calories per serving: Approximately 300-350 calories (This may vary based on the specific ingredients used and portion sizes.)

Preparation Time

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Additional Tips

  • For an even more flavorful dish, marinate the chicken breasts in some of the garlic butter sauce for a few hours before baking.
  • Feel free to use other herbs like thyme or oregano in place of or in addition to rosemary for a different flavor profile.
  • Serve with a side of roasted vegetables or a fresh salad for a complete, nutritious meal.

FAQ Section

  • Can I use chicken thighs instead of breasts? Yes, chicken thighs can be used as a juicier alternative to breasts. Adjust cooking times accordingly.
  • How can I ensure the garlic doesn’t burn? Keep the heat on medium and constantly stir the garlic while cooking to ensure it browns evenly without burning.
  • Can I make this dish dairy-free? For a dairy-free version, substitute the butter with a dairy-free alternative and omit the cheese or use a dairy-free cheese.
  • How can I store leftovers? Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat gently in the oven or microwave.
  • Can I add vegetables to this dish? Yes, adding vegetables like asparagus, broccoli, or cherry tomatoes to the baking dish makes for a well-rounded meal. Adjust baking times if necessary.