Panfried Chicken Breasts with Oregano Garlic Butter

Plump chicken breasts flavored with a garlic paste and oregano butter, what could be better? If you are looking for a tasty chicken recipe, you’ll want to give this one a try. We had these last night and they were some of the best bone-in chicken breasts I’ve ever had! Juicy, tender, full of flavor, makes my mouth water just thinking about it! And easy? Very easy. This recipe uses only a few ingredients and was simple to put together, and the cooking time isn’t long at all.

I found this recipe is the book The Best of Gourmet 2004. I checked it out from the library a few weeks ago and needed to return it, so I went through it and saved some recipes I wanted to try. You may remember the Grilled Breaded Pork Chops from that same book that I posted a couple of days ago.

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From start to finish, I would say this took less than 30 minutes. After mashing and mincing the garlic clove, smash it with the salt to make a paste. Then you combine the paste with the remaining ingredients (except the oil) and mashed it all together to make the garlic butter. You cut a slit in the side of each chicken breast and insert some garlic butter, then the breasts are cooked on the stove top for about 20-25 minutes total.

I’m assuming that the hot pepper flakes contributed to the flavor only, as we did not detect any “heat”, and the kids all ate their dinner without saying “it’s too hot!”

Panfried Chicken Breasts with Oregano Garlic Butter
from The Best of Gourmet 2004 

printable version

1 garlic clove
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano
1/4 teaspoon dried hot red pepper flakes
4 chicken breast halves with skin and bones (2 to 2 1/4 lb)
1 tablespoon olive oil


Mince garlic and mash to a paste with salt using a large heavy knife.
Mash together butter, oregano, red pepper flakes, and garlic paste with a fork until well blended.

Pat chicken dry. Cut a 2-inch-long pocket horizontally in side of each chicken breast half and fill each pocket with 2 teaspoons oregano garlic butter. Season chicken with salt and pepper.

Heat oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then cook chicken, skin sides down, uncovered, until well browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Turn chicken over and cover skillet, then cook until chicken is just cooked through, about 10 minutes more. Spread remaining oregano garlic butter over skin of chicken.

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  1. triolus says

    Excellent looking chicken! They are so beautifully browned. I've never heard of a garlic butter 'stuffing' if you will for chicken like this before. So different, I'll have to try it out sometime.

    Nice photos, too!

  2. Debbie says

    The chicken looks amazing Amanda. Love trying new chicken recipes and your pics are wonderful. I need to start working on my photo skills…..if I even have any!!!! lol…..

  3. Tasty Eats At Home says

    Great way to insert some serious flavor into those chicken breasts. I find that bone-in sometimes lack in flavor (marinades have a hard time making it that deep) but this sounds amazing.

  4. Amanda says

    Thanks all! This really was fabulous. Juicy and delicious, with just the right amount of garlic flavor, not too overpowering. I will definitely be making this again. It was even good the next day with some mayo and white bread :)

  5. biz319 says

    Love everything about this recipe – and luckily my store sells bone in chicken breasts for .99 cents a pound!

    Thanks Amanda!

  6. Sandie {Inn Cuisine} says

    Bone-in chicken breasts are the only way to go for truly moist chicken. Looking forward to trying some with the oregano-garlic butter. It sounds divine!

  7. Lynnylu says

    Your chicken looks very tasty. I love the Gourmet books and have about 10 in my collection-will have to look in them more for recipes like your chicken dish.

  8. Mary says

    It's really hard to beat simply delicious. I really love this recipe and the others on your blog. I'll be back often to see what's going on. Have a great day.

  9. Deeba PAB says

    Just made these Amanda. I didn't have fresh oregano so used fresh rosemary instead. Also used sea salt and finished the chicken with a squirt of lime juice. Excellent recipe. Thank you for sharing it

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