Chicken Thighs with a Herb Garlic Butter Sauce

I love making chicken thighs in a nice sauce. I usually do a cream mushroom sauce for chicken, but I hate how heavy the cream makes the meal. I wanted to find something lighter that did not make me feel bloated and tired afterwords.

Chicken Thighs or Chicken Breasts?

It is completely up to you if you would rather use chicken thighs or breasts. I prefer chicken thighs because they are cheaper, but they also contain more fat than breasts making it harder to overcook them. Thighs have more flavor due to the fat, and being next to a bone. If you choose to use breasts make sure you pound them so they are the same thickness.

Ingredients

Chicken Thighs – Chicken thighs are a moist, flavorful cut of chicken that adds to the overall delicious taste of the dish.

Chicken Stock – Chicken stock is the best base for a sauce. When flour or cornstarch is added, it thickens to create a delicious gravy.

Dry White Wine – Adding white wine adds a bit of a bite and another layer of flavor to the sauce.

Thyme and Rosemary – Thyme is my favorite herb to cook with! The flavor is subtle yet enhances the dish so much. Rosemary adds another sophisticated flavor to the sauce.

Quick Instructions

  1. Fry chicken thighs in a pan and let rest on a plate.
  2. Add butter and flour to pan and mix until it becomes a paste.
  3. Add liquids, thyme and rosemary to the pan with butter and flour. Mix until thick.
  4. Add chicken to the sauce pan, and simmer for 10 minutes.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

Chicken Thighs in an Herb Garlic Butter Sauce

Lauren Hill
Chicken in a light sauce!
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 People

Ingredients
  

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1-2 tbsp minced garlic (your preference)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 1/2 tsp fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1 tbsp corn starch
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions
 

  • Take the chicken thighs and place them on a plate, then season both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Add the olive oil to a high sided skillet and place over medium-high heat. Once heated, add the chicken thighs to the pan.
  • Cook the chicken for about 6-7 minutes on each side until there is a nice, crispy outside. Transfer to a plate.
  • Add the butter to the used pan and melt it over low heat. Add in the minced garlic, thyme and rosemary. Mix it all together.
  • Add the chicken stock and white wine to the same pan. Simmer on low for 2-3 minutes to allow the flavors to meld together.
  • Add the corn starch to the pan and simmer on medium-low heat for 2-3 minutes to allow the mixture to thicken.
  • Place the partially cooked chicken thighs to the pan and toss around in the sauce. Place a lid on the pan and simmer on medium-low heat for 15 minutes.

This chicken turned out delicious! Thyme is my favorite herb to cook with. Add some white wine to the equation and you have got yourself an amazing sauce! This was served with a side of homemade scalloped potatoes, steamed green beans, and a sunflower salad with an onion citrus vinaigrette.

What to Eat With Chicken?

Mashed potatoes, vegetables, rice and pasta are the first things that come to my mind when I make any kind of chicken thighs. I personally like sauteed brussels sprouts with my chicken thighs.

Leftovers

Leftover chicken thighs can be stored in an air tight container in the fridge for 2-3 days before you should throw it away.

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Simple Ways to Declutter Your Home


Clutter drives me nuts! There is nothing more annoying than walking from one room to another and seeing clutter everywhere. Shoes, dog toys, random pieces of paper, phone chargers everywhere, blankets, trash, and so much more. It is hard to stay on top of clutter when there are 7 people and 5 animals in one house.

Decluttering can apply to bedrooms, bathrooms, storage closets and kitchens as well. It does not always mean there is trash everywhere. I personally find that I keep more things than I need wither it be clothing, broken phone cards, old birthday cards that really are not that special, and more random items.

Declutter your Bedroom!

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1. Start With Your Closet – If I feel like I need to declutter to make me feel better, I always start with my closet! It is hard to part with clothing because they often have some sort of sentimental meaning attached to them, or we think to ourselves “oh I am losing weight. I will fit in it soon”. Come on. Odds are you’ve had that shirt or those shorts for over a year. It is time to part with them until the time comes. Or maybe you have clothing that is too big that you do not want to part with. If it doesn’t fit, you wont wear it. It is taking up space in your bedroom.

I personally donate my lightly or unused clothing to an amazing non-profit here in Denver that allows children in low-income families to come pick out 14 outfits a year, 7 every 6 months. I have volunteered on the weekends when they hand out wardrobes. It feels so good to help and see these kids happy for receiving cute clothing. They can go to school feeling confident.

Toss underwear and socks with holes in them. If they are on their last leg, it is time to part and maybe buy replacements.

2. Accessories – Get rid of any necklaces, bracelets, rings, earrings that you do not wear anymore. You may have a missing earring so you do not have a complete set. Toss any scarfs and purses you do not use.

3. Shoes – Shoes that are too big, too small, hurt your feet, are falling apart. TOSS THEM! Try some pairs on that maybe you have not worn in a while with some clothing and see if you have any outfits they go with. If not, get rid of them.

4. Go Through Nightstand Drawers – I personally keep nail polish, nail supplies, gift cards and reward or membership cards, etc. Test your nail polish every few months and toss any that are old and clumpy. Check gift card balances and get rid of any that are empty, broken phone cords that do not charge.

Declutter Your Bathroom

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1. Go Through Drawers – Get rid of broken hair ties, old combs that have missing prongs, expired facial masks, empty toothpaste containers. Any random items you might have!

2. Go Through Your Towels – Go through all of your towels, hand towels and washcloths and get rid of any that you no longer use, or have torn ends that are starting to fall apart.

Declutter Your Kitchen

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1. Get Rid of Cups, Glasses and Water Bottles – My house always has more water bottles and cups than we need. I recently went through a cabinet in our downstairs kitchen and got rid of 15 water bottles that no one uses. No one even remembers they are there.

2. Clean Out Your Fridge and Pantry – Check expiration dates and toss out old crackers, canned goods, random items that you opened and never ate. Toss any moldy items from your fridge, check expiration dates on sauces and condiments. Take everything out and wipe down your shelves, and check every item in your fridge.

Helpful Ways to Reduce Stress

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Life can be tough at times. Everyone goes through ups and downs in life, relationships and careers. You may not realized that you are stressed at certain times because you are so busy or occupied with certain things. It is important to step back and take a moment to take care of yourself.

Below are some ways that I take care of myself, especially during stressful times in life.

1. Step Away

When you work a 9-5 job, it is sometimes hard to leave work at work when you come home, and sometimes it is hard to leave home at home while at work. It may take a while to get used to, but you need to leave work at work. When you are home, that is time for you to be with your family, enjoy your hobbies and spend time doing what you like to do.

I work in HOA management. I used to come home every day and would think about one email that really got on my nerves or would think about projects I have due. I slowly learned to drop those thoughts when I walk out the door of the office. If I did not get something done, it will be there tomorrow. You cannot change the fact that it was not completed today, or erase the conversation you had that got on your nerves. Once you leave your computer, you are done with work thoughts for the day.

Stepping away could mean stepping away from social media as well. Social media can bring un-needed drama into our lives wither it be from the news or someone posting a negative update. Put your phone down for an hour and do what you love. Read, watch a movie, cook dinner, go for a walk.

2. Workout

Working out does not mean that you have to do jumping jacks or lift weights. Working out could be going on a short walk to the mailbox or around the block, walking your dog, even cleaning your home. Working out releases endorphins which are the chemicals in the brain that makes you happy.

3. Declutter your Home

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An overwhelming amount of items in your home can make you stressed without even knowing it. Go through a drawer a day to keep the clutter away. Get rid of old papers or receipts you no longer need, pens that do not work, expired or used gift cards, and anything else that you no longer need.

Go through your closet. Odds are some clothing is either too small or too big for you. Maybe you have clothes that you bought a year ago and have not taken the tags off of. Are you ever going to wear it? If not, donate it. Try on pants and get rid of any that do not fit. Throw away underwear with holes in them. Match all your socks and throw away any that do not have a match.

See more on decluttering your home here >>>>>> Declutter Your Home

4. Write Your Feelings

At the end of the day before bed, write down three things. One, what made you happy today? Two, what made you upset today? Three, things that you are thankful for. Reflecting on what made you happy today will help you realize that maybe I did not have such a bad day. Some days you may have nothing positive. That is when you would write all about what made you upset that day. Writing out the things that made you upset helps release the pent up sadness or anger. Wrap it up with writing things that you are thankful for in life. It might be the same everyday like I am just thankful to be living under a roof. Some days there might be more to add.

5. Get Some Sun and Fresh Air!

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Getting some sun helps both your physical and mental health. I am not a doctor so I would suggest doing research for yourself, but I will write about my personal feelings. I used to have a Vitamin D deficiency because I work a 9-5 desk job and do not go outside very often. Once I started to take the time to go outside for about 30 minutes a day, I found that my overall happiness and well being improved. Fresh air helps.