Brown Butter Sage Skillet Chicken

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Cast iron skillets have been used for centuries by people all over the world and with good reason, flavor! This brown butter sage skillet chicken recipe is the perfect one pan meal.

brown butter sage skillet chicken

Brown Butter Sage Skillet Chicken

and Baby Potatoes

I have almost every cast iron skillet imaginable.  Ok, well that is probably a bit of an exaggeration. But, according to my husband I have too many.  I seem to collect them up like they are marbles.  Yard sales, antique shops, estate sales, some have been passed down and I have a Reny's store in my town.

Every heard of it?  Reny's is a Maine store and they have a GREAT selection of new cast iron at reduced prices. Ya....   pretty difficult to leave that store without a new one.  They even have one that makes 4 different things at one time for breakfast- ok moving on... if I don't then I will want to head down the road to buy a new one!

Cast iron is a conductor of heat, making them perfect for searing meat. The pans get twice as hot as the temperature you set them on allowing you to really get that pan as hot as possible before adding the meat. Like this chicken, crisping the skin quickly and sealing in juices.

Before going in the oven

Brown Butter Sage Skillet Chicken

In this recipe, the chicken is seared skin side down then, once seared nicely,  butter is added with sage & potatoes. Then the whole skillet goes right in the oven to finish.  The chicken comes out juicy, potatoes golden brown and the flavor is amazing.

brown butter sage skillet chicken

Full printable recipe below. 

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Yield: 2 -3 servings

Brown Butter Sage Skillet Chicken & Baby Potatoes

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • For a 9" skillet
  • Use 2-3 chicken thighs, scored
  • 6-8 baby potatoes, halved
  • Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon each-
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 4 dried sage leaves
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Preheat the oven to 425
  2. Heat cast iron skillet over medium low while preparing chicken.
  3. Score chicken with a knife to cut through skin.
  4. Drizzle with Olive oil, cover with seasonings
  5. Increase heat to medium.
  6. Place chicken in skin side down.
  7. Sear until skin is golden.
  8. Flip, add butter, sage and potatoes.
  9. Finish in the oven for 15 minutes or until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165.


NOTE* chicken should start searing immediately and pan should be extremely hot- but, not hot enough that it pops or smokes. If so- remove chicken immediately and cool pan.

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3 thoughts on “Brown Butter Sage Skillet Chicken”

    • Hi Kristina,
      Bone in, however you can absolutely use boneless, just reduce the cooking time about 5 mins or so. 🙂

  1. Made this tonight and it turned out pretty good. My husband was particularly impressed by how moist the chicken was. The potatoes, even as small as they were, still weren't quite as done as I've have preferred but were fine after a bit in the microwave and they don't soak up as much flavor either. Very easy recipe.

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