Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes Skillet

Juggling work, kids’ activities, and other responsibilities leaves little time and energy for cooking some nights. This skillet recipe is here to save the day with its simplicity and big flavors developed through lazy hands-off cooking.

In just 30 minutes you can enjoy tender chicken paired with crispy roasted potatoes all bathed in a rich, creamy garlic butter sauce. The whole meal bakes together in one pan so there’s minimal cleanup too. Your family is sure to clean their plates!


Despite its deep flavors, very few everyday pantry items are needed to make this skillet.

  • Protein: About 1-1.5 pounds of chicken breast halves or tenderloins work well.
  • Vegetables: Cubed red potatoes and minced shallots add nutrients and aromatic flavor.
  • Sauce: These three ingredients blend into a savory blanket for the chicken and potatoes.
  • Seasonings: Fresh or dried herbs and standard seasonings round it out.


The recipe doesn’t require many steps but yields big rewards. Total hands-on time takes under 30 minutes.

Prepping Ingredients

Slice chicken into rough 1-inch chunks. Dice potatoes into 1/2-inch cubes. Mince shallots.

Browning the Chicken

Heat oil in a large skillet and sear chicken until no longer pink. Transfer to a plate.

Adding Potatoes

Return skillet to heat, add potatoes, shallots and chicken broth. Cover and simmer 10 minutes.

Making the Sauce

Remove lid, stir in butter, garlic and herbs. Simmer uncovered 10 more minutes until potatoes are tender.

Nutrition Facts

With lean chicken breast providing protein plus vitamin B6 and potatoes containing potassium and antioxidants, this complete one-dish meal offers lasting energy and nutrients. Did I mention it tastes amazing too?

  • Protein: Each 3 oz of chicken delivers around 25 grams.
  • Potassium: One potato supplies over 1000mg, 10% DV.
  • Vitamin C: Shallots contribute over 15% daily needs per 1/4 cup.
  • Garlic Health: Studies show it protects heart health and supports immunity.

Serving Suggestions

Serve family style alongside:

  • Buttery bread or rolls to soak up all the delicious sauce
  • Side salad with a light vinaigrette
  • Steamed green beans or carrots
  • Grated or shaved parmesan cheese

It’s also perfect for busy mornings in lunch boxes or easy lunches all week. Leftovers keep 3-4 days in the fridge.


A few tricks to enhance this recipe:

  • Add favorite veggies like bell peppers, zucchini or asparagus
  • Season chicken with Italian seasoning or Cajun spice
  • Top with melted cheddar, feta or goat cheese
  • Bake in greased casserole dish for a bubbly presentation


Make it your own by adjusting ingredients:

  • Shrimp or salmon instead of chicken
  • Sweet potatoes, Butternut squash or Brussels sprouts in place of potatoes
  • Pesto, Alfredo or cream sauce substitutions
  • Additional herbs like rosemary, thyme or basil


For a quick and satisfying family meal with unexpected depth, give this skillet a try. Your tastebuds will thank you while also feeling nourished from the quality ingredients. Best of all, cleanup only takes minutes so you can spend more valuable time with loved ones after dinner.

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