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This Whole30 Garlic Butter Chicken is a fast and easy 20-minute meal. It’s perfect for busy weeknights when you just need to get dinner on the table. It really comes in handy during my boys’ busy sports seasons, or when you have minimal energy to cook.

Why We Love This Whole30 Garlic Butter Chicken

First, it’s Whole30, which means it’s also Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, sugar-free, and soy-free. Plus, this easy recipe also accommodates nut-free and egg-free diets, with a Keto option. It’s a perfect, simple option to address so many dietary needs.

Second, did you catch that this is a 20-minute meal?! It’s as quick and easy as dinner can get. And it’s simple—a great recipe for cooking beginners.

Third, it’s budget-friendly. This Whole30 Garlic Butter Chicken recipe mainly uses spices to create flavorful chicken, which keeps it budget-friendly. No custom sauces or pricey ingredients are needed.

Finally, it’s flavorful. In the words of my 18-year-old, “This chicken is so good, it doesn’t need a sauce!” A great one-and-done dish.

Whole30 Garlic Chicken Bites - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, Keto option. EASY, 20-minute family meal.

Ingredients

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast – Use the highest quality you can afford. Keeping in mind a home-cooked meal is always a win, even if it’s not free-range, organic, all the things ; ).
  • Ghee or vegan butter – Ghee is Whole30 compatible (read more about that in the Whole30 program rules here!) and works well for our family. I use the recipe from my Cookbook to make my ghee and keep it budget-friendly! But, if you have a true dairy allergy, ghee is derived from dairy and is not the right choice for you. Use a vegan butter like this one from Walmart instead. If you are on a Whole30 and using vegan butter, double-check the ingredients for compatibility!
  • Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute or other Poultry Seasoning – I ADORE Trader Joe’s 21 Seasoning Salute. It is my first choice for seasoning steamed veggies and excellent on this chicken. I don’t live near a Trader Joe’s (an hour away), so I go a few times a year and stock up! Or, it is available on Amazon or Walmart.com. If you don’t have access to the 21 Seasoning Salute, grab a poultry seasoning of choice like this Mrs. Dash.
  • Garlic salt – First, double check your poultry seasoning does not contain salt. If it does, omit this ingredient. But, if it doesn’t (21 Seasoning Salute does NOT), then be sure to use the garlic salt. My favorite garlic salt is the garlic salt grinder from Trader Joe’s (Whole30 compatible). If you are on Whole30, double check your ingredients on the garlic salt – some garlic salts have added sugars. This garlic salt from Walmart is Whole30 compatible. 
  • Pepper – Black ground pepper.
  • Optional Starch or flour – Potato, arrowroot starch, or cassava flour (all Whole30 + Paleo options). I don’t recommend tapioca flour for this recipe; it will make the results “tacky.” See my blog post on Paleo flours and how to use them here to learn more. Or, if you are not on a Whole30 or Paleo, you can use a 1:1 gluten-free flour in equal amounts. The flour gives it a fantastic texture. But, if you are Keto or don’t have any on hand, this Whole30 Garlic Butter Chicken is still delicious without it!
  • Fresh minced garlic – I prefer to get pre-minced garlic such as this one from Walmart to save time, especially in a “get it done” recipe like this one. But you can always mince your own garlic if you prefer and have time from whole garlic bulbs. 

Whole30 Garlic Chicken Bites - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, Keto option. EASY, 20-minute family meal.

How to Make Whole30 Garlic Butter Chicken

  • First, add the cubed chicken to a large bowl or reusable zip-top bag. Add the seasonings and flour or starch (if using) to the bowl or bag and stir or toss until well coated.
  • Add 3 tablespoons ghee to a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken in a single layer.
  • Cook chicken until brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Once the chicken is mostly browned, add the remaining 2 tablespoons ghee and 2 tablespoons minced garlic. Saute for another 3-4 minutes, or until the garlic is lightly browned and fragrant and the chicken is cooked through (no pink inside).
  • Do a happy dance that dinner is done ALREADY and serve. If you are in a hurry, pair this with steam-in-a-bag rice or cauliflower and green beans that you can steam in your microwave while the chicken is cooking. BOOM, dinner is done!
  • FREEZE leftover chicken in a sealed container for up to 3 months.

Want Other 30-Minute Meal Options?

I get it! You are someone who doesn’t have a lot of time or energy to make dinner. Here are some of my top 30-minute meals:

Whole30 Garlic Chicken Bites - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, Keto option. EASY, 20-minute family meal.

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Whole30 Garlic Butter Chicken

Autumn @wholefoodfor7
A FAST and easy budget-friendly 20-minute dinner with basic ingredients but full of flavor!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 6 people
Calories 264 kcal

Ingredients
 

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into 1" pieces
  • 5 tablespoons ghee or vegan butter, divided
  • 1/4 cup arrowroot, potato, or cassava flour or starch see notes for Keto
  • 1 tablespoon Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute see notes for alternative
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh garlic

Instructions
 

  • Add cubed chicken to a large bowl or reusable zip-top bag. Add all of the seasonings and flour or starch (if using) to the bowl or bag and stir or toss until well coated.
  • Add 3 tablespoons ghee to a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add the chicken in a single layer.
  • Cook chicken until there are brown crispy bits on both sides, about 5 minutes per side.
  • Once chicken is mostly browned, add the remaining 2 tablespoons ghee and 2 tablespoons minced garlic. Saute for another 2-3 minutes or until garlic is lightly browned and fragrant, and chicken is cooked through (no pink inside).
  • Do a happy dance that dinner is done ALREADY and serve. If you are in a hurry, pair this with steam in a bag rice or caulirice and green beans that you can steam in your microwave while the chicken is cooking. BOOM, dinner is done!
  • FREEZE leftover chicken in a sealed container for up to 3 months.

Notes

KETO VARIATION: This chicken is already pretty low-carb, but if you need to, you can omit the starch or flour and still have a really flavorful, tasty chicken.
*Trader Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute or other Poultry Seasoning—I ADORE Trader. Joe's 21 Seasoning Salute. It is my first choice to season veggies and is excellent on this chicken. I don't live near Trader Joe's (an hour away), so I go a few times a year and stock up! It is also available on Amazon or Walmart.com. If you don't have access to the 21 Seasoning Salute, then grab a poultry seasoning of choice like this Mrs. Dash from Walmart.
NOTE: If you cook this in a cast iron skillet, you will need an additional 1-2 tablespoons ghee or vegan butter to prevent sticking. Saute the chicken in 5 tablespoons melted ghee or vegan butter. Add 1-2 tablespoons more (1 if there is still some melted ghee in the pan, 2 if there is no melted ghee remaining) before adding and sautéing the garlic. 

Nutrition

Calories: 264kcalCarbohydrates: 6gProtein: 24gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 105mgSodium: 714mgPotassium: 438mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 0.05gVitamin A: 53IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 20mgIron: 1mg
Keyword budget-friendly, easy, egg-free, gluten-free, keto, kid-friendly, main dish, nut-free, paleo, whole30
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

Whole30 Garlic Chicken Bites - Paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, egg-free, Keto option. EASY, 20-minute family meal.

5 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Made this for dinner last night and it was a big hit with the whole family! I made a double recipe in hopes of getting 2 meals and I barely have any left! I didn’t have any Trader Joe’s seasoning so I used Lawry’s seasoning salt instead. This will definitely be added to the rotation!

    Reply
    • WOOT! I love that it was devoured and so good there wasn’t much for leftovers, even on a double batch. The same thing happens in my house too. And thanks for letting us know what swaps you tried and enjoyed. I appreciate the review!

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  2. 5 stars
    This recipe was a big hit with my whole family! I made a double recipe in hopes to get 2 meals – it’s almost gone in one meal! I didn’t have the Trader Joe’s seasoning and used Lawry’s seasoning instead. Very easy and fast to make. I will definitely make this again!

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  3. 5 stars
    I can’t even get over it! SOOOO full of flavor and you probably already have it all in your house!! Working overtime this week and dinner was ready quick, fast and in a hurry. Steamed veggies for the win on the side! You should probably make this…..TONIGHT!!! Well done, Autumn! As per usual you nailed it!!

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    • It’s it awesome how EASY yet flavorful this one is?!! I’m so glad this came in handy on a busy week to get a delicious + nutritious dinner on the table. YAY!

      Reply

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