Sauteed Chicken Thighs topped with sage browned butter sauce, crispy sage leaves on a black plate with a sliced lemon on the side

This Sauteed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter is a delicious, quick and easy low carb keto recipe made just for two. The sage-infused browned butter combines with lemon juice for a delicious sauce that tops the chicken along with fried sage leaves.

This sauteed chicken recipe is made specifically for two people and pairs well with Garlic Mashed Cauliflower as a side dish. Dinner is ready in under 30 minutes and the clean up is minimal, making it easy for the tired cook!

Sauteed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter Sauce

A keto-friendly Sauteed Chicken recipe for two made easy

Grumpy and I both work long hard hours. So, when it comes to the end of the day, I really need to find recipes that work for just two people and take little time to make or clean up afterward. Often, Grumpy is home later than I want to wait to eat, so I also need to come up with recipe ideas that reheat well.

This Sauteed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter Sauce turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. The pounded chicken thighs took little time to cook and only needed about 90 seconds in the microwave to reheat for Grumpy later.

I love the flavors of browned butter that has had sage leaves fried in it, and I really love the crispy fried sage. There is a nutty, salty delicious flavor to the whole combination that is quite addicting.

Sauteed Chicken Thighs topped with sage browned butter sauce, crispy sage leaves on a black plate with a sliced lemon on the side

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What you need to make this recipe

Almond Flour: I used the almond flour to add a little bit of coating to the chicken and add another level of nuttiness to the dish.

Chicken Thighs: I went with sauteed chicken thighs because I feel the meat has more flavor. Feel free to use chicken breasts instead if you prefer.

pounding the chicken thighs with a mallet between plastic wrap

Fresh Sage and Fresh Thyme: I feel fresh herbs lend so much more to a recipe and will always go with fresh if I have it on hand. Sage and thyme both pair very well with chicken so I used both for this recipe.

Butter: Salted or unsalted butter is fine, whatever your preference is. I usually use unsalted butter when baking but salted butter when cooking. Then I add salt and pepper if needed when serving.

sage leaves frying in butter in a cast iron skillet

Cast Iron Skillet: I love how evenly a cast iron skillet will cook food. You don’t need a high heat (especially for sauteed chicken or for browning butter)

Tips for making this Sauteed Chicken recipe

  • Use a meat tenderizer mallet to pound the chicken thighs. This allows for a quick-cooking time with tender meat.
  • Be sure to cook over medium heat when cooking the browned butter sauce and frying the sage. If your heat is too high, the butter will burn.
  • Keep the heat at medium when cooking the chicken so the almond flour coating does not burn.

How to make this recipe your own way

Chicken is a very versatile protein that goes with many things. It is normally low in fat, depending on the way it is cooked. So, when cooking it in a keto recipe, it is natural to add fat to it. But it can be adapted to making it your own way if you’re not following keto.

The almond flour coating is not required for this recipe, however, it adds something extra to the flavors. If you have a nut allergy, it is fine to leave it off entirely or substitute coconut flour.

This recipe can also be a paleo recipe, just substitute ghee for the butter. You won’t be able to get the browned butter flavor, but you will have the flavor of the ghee, which is incredible on its own.

onions cooking in the butter

What to serve with Sauteed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter

To keep this meal keto, serve the sauteed chicken with a helping of garlic mashed cauliflower! This is our favorite combination. If you don’t follow keto, then this recipe Mashed Potatoes is the best one ever!

Other vegetable side dish recipes you may like to serve with this sauteed chicken would be Roasted Asparagus with Mushrooms or for carb lovers, Momma Law’s Crockpot Stuffing!

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Sauteed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter

Lightly coated with flour and sauteed in a skillet, this delicious chicken recipe is drizzled with a browned butter herbed lemon sauce for an easy and delicious dinner.
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Sauteed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 425.3kcal


  • 2- 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken thighs, pounded thin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup sage leaves loosely packed
  • 2 tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  • Sprinkle the pounded chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • Place flour in a shallow dish; dredge chicken in almond flour.
  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Add chicken to pan; sauté for 4 minutes on each side or until done. Remove chicken from the skillet and wipe the skillet clean.
  • Add butter and sage leaves to the skillet. Cook over medium heat until butter browns and sage is crispy.
  • Remove the sage from the skillet and set aside.
  • Add onions and thyme to the skillet and cook for 1 minute, until onions have softened.
  • Stir in the lemon juice and simmer for 30 seconds. Serve with chicken. Garnish with sage leaves and lemon.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 425.3kcal | Carbohydrates: 9.4g | Protein: 27.4g | Fat: 33.4g | Saturated Fat: 11.4g | Cholesterol: 143.4mg | Sodium: 922.9mg | Fiber: 5.9g | Sugar: 1.3g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Jamie January 6, 2011 at 2:31 am - Reply

    I love finding different ways to make chicken breasts. This does look delicious.

  2. Cristine January 6, 2011 at 3:24 am - Reply

    Bookmarking… YUM! 🙂

  3. Holly January 6, 2011 at 4:42 am - Reply

    This is going to be a must try for me!! I love sage and chicken together!

  4. bellini valli January 6, 2011 at 4:43 am - Reply

    Next to potatoes I am always looking for new ways to spruce up my chicken.

  5. Pegasuslegend January 6, 2011 at 10:19 am - Reply

    I have heard you mention brown butter before and haven't tried this. I am going to try this one hopefully tonight, looks to good and sounds amazing to pass up… I am certain this is fabulous! thanks Shelby!

  6. Donna-FFW January 6, 2011 at 11:09 am - Reply

    This is right up our alley as well and for the same reasons. Looks fabulous, Shelby!!

  7. Anonymous January 6, 2011 at 1:41 pm - Reply

    Yummy, Yummy and easy too. It isn't fun to cook for one but necessary 🙂 Also your pumpkin spice cinnamon buns sound heavenly, I think you may have made them before and brought one to me.

  8. teresa January 6, 2011 at 3:09 pm - Reply

    how delicious! i love the browned butter, isn't cooking light the best!

  9. Suzanne January 6, 2011 at 7:18 pm - Reply

    YUM! Love this whole dish and that it is quick and easy. This will be my next chicken dish!

  10. Shelby January 6, 2011 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    Anonymous, I sure am trying to figure out who you would be! lol. You didn't leave your name. 🙂

  11. Megan January 7, 2011 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    This sounds heavenly! I'm all for quick, easy, and light. A must make!

  12. SMITH BITES January 7, 2011 at 10:55 pm - Reply

    sage brown butter makes the world go round, IMHO; takes plain chicken to a whole new level!

  13. Stacey Snacks January 15, 2011 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    Always looking for new ways to spice up chicken breasts…..I will try this one on a weeknight! I have a ton of sage.
    Have a great weekend!

  14. Miriah October 18, 2019 at 7:49 pm - Reply


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