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Pan-Seared Chicken with Thyme

Rated as 4.58 out of 5 Stars

"A simple pan sauce can transform an everyday boneless, skinless chicken breast into a quick and delicious meal. For a finishing touch, garnish with a sprig of thyme."
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35 m servings 302
Original recipe yields 4 servings


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  1. Season both sides of chicken with salt, pepper, and dried thyme. Place flour in a shallow dish and dredge both sides of chicken pieces in flour.
  2. Heat oil in pan over medium-high heat. When oil starts to shimmer, add the chicken. (If the chicken browns too quickly, reduce heat.) Cook, turning as needed, until chicken is browned on both sides, is no longer pink in the center, and the juices run clear, 4 or 5 minutes total on each side. An instant-read thermometer inserted into the center should read at least 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Transfer chicken to a plate and tent with foil.
  3. In the same pan, reduce heat to low and add thyme sprigs and cook until aromatic, 1 or 2 minutes. Increase heat to high; pour in Swanson(R) Chicken Stock and wine. Stir up browned bits to deglaze the pan. Add the chicken bouillon granules and mix well. Reduce heat to medium and cook until sauce reduces and is slightly thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat.
  4. Remove and discard the thyme sprigs. Add to the pan any accumulated juices from the tented chicken plate. Finish the sauce by whisking in the cold butter. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Spoon sauce over chicken before serving.


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Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 302 calories; 18.1 7.1 24.1 64 455 Full nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

I will make it again, even considering using the,sauce,as a marinade for a future dish.

Most helpful critical review

I made this recipe as-is and I feel like it lacked flavor. I think adding fresh lemon juice would make it have more flavor.

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I will make it again, even considering using the,sauce,as a marinade for a future dish.

I was looking for a quick easy recipe for chicken breast and this did not disappoint! I used 2 1/2 lb chicke teders and doubled the other ingredients. I only had 1/4 cup of white cooking wine...

RAVE reviews from the family. Simply delish!

WOW!! Followed directions perfectly, nothing was changed and this is a HIT! Just to note: The sauce never thickened for me but it was still soooo delicious, didn't matter! Some reviews said to a...

This recipe is excellent! I made it as is and the results were a juicy and tender chicken that was centerpiece on the plate and palate! I served with the Really Simple Rice recipe from this site...

Followed the recipe as directed. Turned out very well. Will definitely make again. (My husband liked it the way it turned out, but I felt it needed a little more pizzazz, so I took half of a sma...

Yum! I thought this was delicious! I made the sauce ahead of time and used half of it to marinate the chicken and so the flavors could marry together. I also added about a half tablespoon flour ...

Very easy and very tasty. Something different!!

Very good - all my picky eaters loved the chicken and the sauce. Served with rice.