Baked Garlic Butter Chicken

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Savor the rich and comforting taste of our Baked Garlic Butter Chicken. Juicy chicken breasts basted in golden garlic butter, seasoned with rosemary, and topped with melted Italian cheese.

An overhead shot of three baked garlic butter chicken breasts in a baking dish.


 

Juicy Baked Garlic Butter Chicken

When it comes to comfort food recipes, my Baked Garlic Butter Chicken stands out from the crowd. Chicken dinner recipes are a dime a dozen, I know, but this garlic chicken stands tall amongst them. It’s simple yet incredibly delicious, and that’s mostly thanks to the garlic butter sauce. Made with a stick of butter and minced garlic, it creates a beautifully golden and flavorful crust with a tender and juicy interior.

The aromatic rosemary adds another layer to the flavor profile, while the shredded cheese gives it a melty, luxurious finish. Every bite is a combination of flavors – the juicy chicken, the savory garlic butter, the fragrant rosemary, and the melty cheese. What’s more, is that there’s no way we can mess this up. There’s like 5 ingredients we’re working with, and garlic and butter are the stars. 👌

A shot of a baking dish with garlic butter sauce and chicken breasts, garnished with a rosemary sprig.

Ingredients for Garlic Butter Chicken

  • Skinless, Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • Butter
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Shredded Cheese

Perfect Oven Baked Chicken

Achieving a perfectly juicy baked chicken breast is easier than you think. The key is in the seasoning – a generous sprinkling of salt and pepper – and the cooking technique.

  1. Arrange the seasoned chicken breasts in a buttered baking dish.
  2. Melt butter in a skillet, add garlic, and sauté until lightly browned. Stir in rosemary.
  3. Pour the garlic butter over the chicken and bake for about 30 minutes.
  4. Add cheese and bake for another 3 minutes until melted.
  5. Let it rest for a bit, then serve with some of the garlic butter sauce spooned over top.
Pouring garlic butter sauce over four raw chicken breasts in a white baking dish.

The oven does most of the work here, baking the chicken breasts to tender perfection. You’ll know your chicken is done when the juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 165˚F. Remember to let it rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute.

Substitutions

Substitutions can change the dish’s flavor profile, so consider this when choosing alternatives.

  • Herbs: If you don’t have or don’t like rosemary, other herbs like thyme or parsley will also work well in this recipe.
  • Cheese: You can replace the Italian cheese with another variety like mozzarella or even a sharper cheese like cheddar or Parmesan, depending on your preference.
  • Butter: If you’re looking to reduce saturated fat, you can use olive oil or ghee instead of butter. It won’t have quite the same richness, but it can still work well with the garlic and herbs.
  • Chicken Thighs will also work, but please remember that they require a longer cooking time, especially if they are also bone-in.

Tips for Success

  • Ensure that the chicken is fully cooked to a safe internal temperature of 165˚F using a meat thermometer. This ensures food safety and can prevent overcooking, keeping your chicken juicy and tender.
  • Rest the Chicken: After baking, allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before serving. This helps to redistribute the juices, resulting in a more flavorful and moist chicken.
  • Don’t Burn the Garlic: Be careful not to burn the garlic when sautéing. Burnt garlic can impart a bitter taste. Keep the heat to medium and stir frequently.
An overhead shot of three baked garlic butter chicken breasts in a baking dish.

I hope you’ll make this Baked Garlic Butter Chicken as soon as you get to your kitchen! And I hope you’ll love it!

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Baked Garlic Butter Chicken

Super quick, easy and delicious Garlic Butter Chicken with fresh rosemary and cheese. The perfect one-pan chicken dinner for a weeknight!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4 Serves

Ingredients 

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • salt and fresh ground black pepper,, to taste
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 6 cloves garlic,, minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary leaves
  • ½ cup shredded Italian cheese
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Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 375˚F.
  • Lightly grease a baking dish with a pat of butter.
  • Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper; arrange the chicken in a single layer in the prepared baking dish and set aside.
  • Add butter to a skillet and melt over medium heat.
  • Stir in the garlic and cook over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring very frequently. DO NOT burn the garlic.
  • Stir in the rosemary and remove from heat.
  • Pour the prepared garlic butter over the chicken breasts.
  • Bake for 30 to 32 minutes, or until the chicken's internal temperature registers at 165˚F.
  • Sprinkle with cheese and cook for an additional 3 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  • Remove from oven and let stand for about 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the chicken to serving plates; spoon garlic butter sauce over the chicken and serve.

Notes

  • Switch up herbs like thyme or parsley if you’re not a fan of rosemary.
  • Choose from cheeses like mozzarella, cheddar, or Parmesan, and consider olive oil or ghee as healthier alternatives to butter.
  • You may use chicken thighs instead of breasts but adjust cooking time as they take longer. Check the internal temperature (165˚F) for doneness.
  • Be sure to sauté garlic on medium heat, stirring often to avoid a bitter taste.
  • Check the chicken’s doneness by ensuring it reaches 165˚F with a meat thermometer to keep it juicy and safe to eat.
  • Let the chicken rest after baking for a more flavorful bite.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 258mg | Potassium: 437mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 2.8mg | Calcium: 45mg | Iron: 0.5mg

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163 Comments

  1. Krista Tellerico says:

    Definitely trying this recipe tonight! Been bouncing back and forth between a couple of similar recipes to try out but your writing won me over on this one !😆 I love your writing style and this recipe looks so good! Can’t wait to try it! Looking forward to reading more from you!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      I hope you enjoy it! Thanks for chiming in! 🙂

  2. fordanid@hotmail.com says:

    Amazing!! Made this for the first time tonight. Only changes I made were 1) I pounded the chicken breasts a bit before putting in my 2) braising pan for cooking in the oven (I put the pan lid on for cooking in the oven). Oh, I also added sliced medallions of fresh bocconcini mozzarella to the chicken for the last three minutes. So, so, so delicious. Served with No Yokes egg noodles and steamed broccoli. My husband loved it as did I. This is a total keeper. thanks for sharing this recipe!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s great! I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

    2. Carolyn Z says:

      Easy-peasy!! Really fast and yummy. I like rosemary, but I don’t LOVE it, so I used less of that and used some seasoned salt to add a little *extra”. My mom, who’s REALLY not a rosemary fan loved this dish and wants me to make it again. I’m so glad I found this little gem.

  3. Karen Renee says:

    Thank you so much for taking the time to share this! I have a very old pampered chef garlic press that still works beautifully, so I used it for about a bulb of fresh garlic. (We love garlic!) I paired it with a nice salad, some peas and crescent rolls for a quick weeknight dinner! I will most definitely be exploring your recipes more!

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      That’s great to hear! I am very glad you enjoyed it! Thank YOU! 🙂

  4. Mike says:

    Any thoughts on brining the chicken first?

  5. TychaBrahe says:

    I made this today for my lunches this week. I used about twice as much garlic, because I’m a fiend for the stuff. I cut the chicken into chunks, because it makes measuring portions easier.

    It was fabulous!

    I put it in pint sized containers with raw spinach and some of the garlic butter.

  6. Rosalie Bullard says:

    My husband fixes Baked Garlic Butter Chicken for me (love it) but if you have Meijers store they sell Garlic Butter , Land O Lakes. Its easier to deal with plus we add Garlic Pepper on top of chicken and it turns out great.

  7. Cathy says:

    Can I use boneless skinless chicken thights

    1. Katerina Petrovska says:

      Hi!

      Sure! It tastes great with chicken thighs. 🙂

    2. jason fitzpatrick says:

      No, ABSOLUTELY not
      It won’t work

  8. Frances Grella says:

    Hands down, BEST chicken I ever had.

  9. Rachel says:

    Can you use chicken cutlets for this recipe? If so cooking time?

  10. Megan says:

    Has anyone tried this in a crockpot? How long would you need to cook it??

    1. Tannie says:

      I’m trying to get an idea on taste comparison… Would you say that this kind of tastes like Chicken Kiev? I’m going to try making it tonight. My hubby loves chicken Kiev I’m just not good at rolling it… it looks beautiful

      1. Katerina Petrovska says:

        Hi!
        I think that’s a good comparison, actually. Minus the flour and eggs, but yeah, it does kind of taste like Chicken Kiev. I hope you’ll both like it! 😊