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Chicken in White Wine Sauce

This Chicken in White Wine Sauce recipe has seasoned chicken breast smothered in a flavorful white wine sauce with a hint of cream and Parmesan cheese. Freshly squeezed lemon juice adds a perfect fresh finish.

Serve this with mashed potatoes and roasted green beans!

Chicken in White Wine Sauce on a white plate with mashed potatoes and green beans.

Chicken in White Wine Sauce

I have quite a collection of chicken recipes at this point, but this Chicken in White Wine Sauce has earned a top spot on my favorites list.

It has a gourmet flair that’s restaurant-worthy, but it’s nice and easy to make. Chicken breast is seasoned in Italian seasoning and seared to perfection, which gives it a nice golden crust and adds fond to the skillet, which is deglazed with white wine. This adds the best flavor to the sauce.

Butter, garlic and simple seasonings incorporate even more flavor, along with chicken broth, a splash of cream, and a little Parmesan cheese. 

Fresh lemon juice adds a fresh finish for the most amazing, flavorful chicken dish you’ve ever created!

How to Make It

See recipe card below this post for ingredient quantities and full instructions.

Slice the chicken into 2-3 thinner slices and pound to 1/2-inch thick. Season with Italian seasoning and add salt/pepper. Dredge in flour. Sear in olive oil for 4-5 minutes per side, until a golden crust has developed. Set aside. 

Add the wine and let it bubble gently and reduce by half over medium heat, about 10 minutes. Use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom of the pot. 

Seared chicken on a plate next to fond in the skillet.

Add butter, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, seasonings, and chicken broth. Bring to a boil. If desired, thicken the sauce by combining 2 Tbsp. cornstarch + 2 Tbsp. cold water and slowly adding it to the bubbling liquid.

Adding butter, garlic, seasonings, and chicken broth to a white wine sauce.

Reduce heat to low and gradually stir in the cream and Parmesan cheese. Add the chicken back and spoon the sauce on top. Cover partially and let it simmer for 5 minutes over low heat. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice. Serve with mashed potatoes and roasted green beans. (See below for additional pairing options.)

Adding cream to Chicken in White Wine Sauce and adding the chicken back to the skillet.

Pro Tips

  • Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc are perfect dry white wines to use in this recipe.
  • If you don’t cook with wine, chicken broth can be used, although the wine is more crucial in this sauce than in most of my others, since it’s a wine-based sauce.
  • Fresh garlic cloves are much more flavorful in this recipe than jarred garlic. Be sure to use fresh garlic, as older garlic can turn blue when exposed to acidic ingredients like wine and lemon juice. (If this does happen, it’s still okay to eat.)
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice is also more flavorful than bottled juice.
  • Roughly chopped spinach makes a nice addition to this sauce and can be added right before the chicken is added back to the skillet.

Storage

  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. 
  • Leftovers do reheat well.
  • If reheating from frozen: Thaw leftover chicken overnight in the fridge (or defrost it in the microwave) and then bake it in a small, lightly greased, covered casserole dish at 350° for 20-25 minutes.

What to Serve With Chicken in White Wine Sauce

A skillet filled with Chicken in White Wine Sauce with a spoon in it and fresh parsley on top.

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Chicken in White Wine Sauce

5 from 3 ratings
This Chicken in White Wine Sauce is an easy skillet meal with seasoned chicken breast smothered in a flavorful white wine sauce. It has a hint of cream, Parmesan cheese, and freshly squeezed lemon juice which adds the best finishing touch.

Ingredients

  • 2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • Salt/pepper
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup dry white wine, see notes
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, + 2 tablespoons cold water, optional
  • ¼ cup heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, freshly grated
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, see notes
  • Fresh Parsley, to garnish

Seasonings

  • 1 teaspoon each: dried parsley, mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon each: dried oregano, dried basil

Instructions

  • Slice the chicken in half lengthwise to create 2-3 thinner slices. Place in a gallon freezer bag (or in between saran wrap) and use the textured side of a meat mallet to pound it to ½ inch thick. Pat completely dry.
  • Season each side with Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper. Dredge in the flour and tap off excess.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken in batches for 4-5 minutes per side, until a golden crust has developed. Set aside and leave brown remnants in the pan.
  • Turn the heat off and add the wine, then set heat to medium. Use a silicone spatula to “clean” the bottom and sides of the skillet, this will add lots of flavor to the sauce.
  • Let it bubble gently until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Add the butter and garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the Worcestershire sauce, chicken broth, and seasonings. Bring the sauce to a boil.
  • If a thicker consistency is desired: Combine 2 tbsp. cornstarch with 2 tbsp. cold water until completely uniform in consistency. Slowly stir it into the bubbling sauce.
  • Reduce heat to low and slowly add the heavy cream, stirring continuously. Stir in the Parmesan cheese.
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet and spoon the sauce on top. Cover partially, and let it simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Stir the fresh lemon juice into the sauce. Garnish with parsley and serve with mashed potatoes and roasted green beans.

Notes

Pro Tips
  • Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc are perfect dry white wines to use in this recipe.
  • If you don't cook with wine, chicken broth can be used, although the wine is more crucial in this sauce than in most of my others, since it's a wine-based sauce.
  • Fresh garlic cloves are much more flavorful in this recipe than jarred garlic. Be sure to use fresh garlic, as older garlic can turn blue when exposed to acidic ingredients like wine and lemon juice. (If this does happen, it's still okay to eat.)
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice is also more flavorful than bottled juice.
  • Roughly chopped spinach makes a nice addition to this sauce and can be added right before the chicken is added back to the skillet.

Storage
  • Store in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months. 
  • Leftovers do reheat well.
  • If reheating from frozen: Thaw leftover chicken overnight in the fridge (or defrost it in the microwave) and then bake it in a small, lightly greased, covered casserole dish at 350° for 20-25 minutes.

Nutritional Information is per serving. This recipe makes 4 servings. 

Nutrition

Calories: 404kcal, Carbohydrates: 17g, Protein: 17g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 10g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 82mg, Sodium: 513mg, Potassium: 353mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 589IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 155mg, Iron: 2mg

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10 comments on “Chicken in White Wine Sauce”

  1. I’ve cooked this recipe twice and it’s been a big hit both times. First time I didn’t have lemon, so omitted that, second time I added lemon. I actually preferred the recipe without lemon, but that’s just me. I have loved all recipes from Cozy Cook. It’s my go-to website when I don’t know what to cook!

    • Thanks so much for the great comments and for taking the time to leave a review Stephanie! I’m so happy you’re enjoying the recipes, and I appreciate your support!💖

  2. I’ve been making your meals n they are delicious 

  3. I would love to make this but I have a husband who won’t eat chicken. Do you think this would work with pork? If would you recommend the same wine?

  4. I’ve been wanted to try one of your recipes for a long time and finally did it. Let me say that it was one of the best dishes I’ve EVER made. It definitely tasted like it came from a top restaurant. I did use minced garlic from a jar and had no issues with it. Otherwise I followed the recipe and it was nothing short of amazing. Thank you!!!

    • This makes me so happy Maureen! My husband said this belongs in a restaurant too. I think this is one of those dishes that shocks the family! Thanks so much for the great review!❤️

  5. Love this recipe!!! I made it for my sister-in-law and her kids last night. I used Sauvignon Blanc as the wine and it was incredible!!! She asked for the recipe after the first bite!!! It really didn’t take any time to make and it tasted like it came from a restaurant. I have a request for it again on their next visit but I bet she will try to make it too before then. The kids loved it as well and I think I found my new go-to recipe for visitors and guests!!! Thank you so much Cozy Cook!!!

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