Paprika & Thyme Chicken Breasts in a Butter & White Wine Sauce

Paprika & Thyme Chicken Breasts in a White Wine & Butter Sauce by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, SugarfreeHow to make chicken breasts less boring?  Pair them with an absolutely delicious sauce and this one definitely ticks that box!

Wine, tick, butter, tick, garlic, tick – what sauce wouldn’t be great with those ingredients as a base, and I added thyme and paprika to the mix to boost the flavour.

To start with, crush the garlic and add it along with 2tsps of the paprika, 1/2 a tbsp of the olive oil and the thyme to the chicken breasts along with some salt and pepper.  Rub this mix all over the chicken breasts so that they are fully coated in the marinade and then set them to one side.Paprika & Thyme Chicken Breasts in a White Wine & Butter Sauce by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, Sugarfree

Slice the onions and fry on a medium heat in the remaining 1/2 tbsp of olive oil until they begin to turn translucent and start to caramelise.


Add the chicken breasts to the pan and pour over the white wine (use a dry white wine to reduce the sugar content in the dish – it doesn’t have to be a fancy wine, any cheap bottle will do!)  Plenty of steam will come off as you can see in the picture!Paprika & Thyme Chicken Breasts in a White Wine & Butter Sauce by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, SugarfreeSlice up the mushrooms and add them to the pan.  Add the butter and one more tsp of paprika to the sauce and stir through.Paprika & Thyme Chicken Breasts in a White Wine & Butter Sauce by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, SugarfreeCover the frying pan with a lid – or if, like in my case, your frying pan doesn’t have one, you can improvise by covering it with a piece of tin foil.  This keeps the heat in and steams the chicken, meaning that it cooks faster and retains its moisture.  Flip the chicken breasts every five minutes to ensure even cooking.  They should cook in 15-20 mins depending on the size of the chicken breasts but you can pierce them with a knife and check they are not pink in the middle to be sure!  With 5 mins to go, take the lid/foil off to reduce some of the liquid!

During the last minute of cooking time, add the fresh spinach to the pan and stir through to wilt it in the heat.Paprika & Thyme Chicken Breasts in a White Wine & Butter Sauce by Emma Eats & Explores - SCD, Paleo, Grainfree, Glutenfree, SugarfreeOnce the spinach has wilted, the dish is ready to serve.  I served mine with Cauliflower Mash and steamed cabbage.  The sauce was amazing – the whole dish got a huge thumbs up from Dan – it was so rich and decadent (well it should be with all that butter in it – definitely not a dish for the calorie conscious!)  It definitely turned a boring chicken breast into a really special meal.

And the best part is that you could use any vegetables that you like – if you’re not a fan of mushrooms or spinach, maybe fry some pepper with the onions at the beginning.  Or add asparagus or broccoli instead of the mushrooms – you can really personalise this one!

You could also try my Chicken in a Lemon, Rosemary & White Wine Sauce

41 Comments Add yours

  1. Yumm .sounds yummy.I will try it 🙂

  2. Samantha says:

    This looks amazing! I’m definitely adding this to my list of things to cook this week. I love mushrooms in a white wine sauce. Thyme and paprika are favorite spices in our house.

  3. This looks absolutely delicious! Pinning to make next week!

  4. taylorpilk says:

    Holy delicious! This looks amazing!! Definitely a meal I’ll have to make sometime soon!

  5. Looks truly wonderful! I love to pair thyme and chicken such a good combo and I love the fresh spinach with it! yum!

    1. It really was a delicious dinner – I even shocked myself, wasn’t expecting it to taste as good as it did!!!

  6. Sara says:

    I rarely make chicken breasts but I think you’ve convinced me to give them another try. This combination of flavors looks divine!

    1. I normally find them Boring so I really have to think of ways to make them tasty!!

  7. This looks amazing. We eat a lot of chicken breast and I am always looking for different ways to dress it up!

  8. Barbara says:

    Now this is my kind of dinner. It looks scrumptious. 🙂

  9. This looks incredible! All my favorites….butter…wine…garlic…

  10. You have nailed it! All of my favorite veggies and herbs in one dish! Love it!

  11. This looks so yummy! I’ve gone ahead and pinned this recipe so I can give it a go for dinner tomorrow.

    1. Thanks Stephanie! Really hope you enjoy it ?

  12. caseyp1110 says:

    I am definitely saving this! This looks delish!

  13. Ari says:

    This looks an sounds so yummy! reminds me of my fav – chicken marsala! Can’t wait to try this!

  14. This looks so delish! I love that you cooked & added a lot of mushrooms & herbs. I love chicken made like that

  15. voiceofnatasha says:

    omg this looks soo good

    1. Thanks, it tastes pretty amazing too! ?

  16. Ooo this looks so good girl! Thanks for the recipe!

  17. Heather @ A Heart of Humility says:

    This looks delicious! I will pin it to hopefully try it soon enough!

  18. This looks so yummy and fairly simple. Thanks for this recipe!

  19. Melissa says:

    Looks delicious! I love that it has spinach with it as well!

  20. Johanne says:

    Oooh, it’s been a while since I saw (and ate) something with a wine sauce. I used to love that. This looks and sounds delicous!

  21. Jana says:

    I eat a lot of chicken and sometimes get bored with it. I’ve never tried a recipe like this before so thank you for sharing!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I get bored with chicken too but a great sauce makes all the difference!

  22. This sounds so flavorful and delicious! It’s making me hungry!

  23. Not really the perfect post to read when there are still so many hours before lunch… But definitely a mouthwatering idea! Looks like my type of food!

  24. Whitney says:

    This looks absolutely delicious. I might try this dish tonight or tomorrow as I have most of the ingredients already. Yum.

  25. This looks so delicious! I am trying to use more chicken, and this looks like a perfect dish!

  26. Very delicious meal! The recipe sounds very easy too. I do love me some chicken breast ☺️😊

  27. Dominique says:

    This looks so indulgent and amazing! I bet it smells wonderful!

  28. Kasey Ma says:

    My this truly looks wonderful! I’m so hungry now!

  29. Butter and wine just make everything taste better. I especially love the creaminess they bring to a simple chicken dish.

  30. Stine Mari says:

    Yum! This looks really tasty!

  31. Astrid says:

    I’ve never had any meal with white wine sauce, but I’ll be sure to try this one as I love all the other ingredients.

  32. ljackattack says:

    Yuuuuummm, this looks just like what I need for dinner tonight. Thanks for the inspo!

  33. leahashley85 says:

    Anything cooked in wine count me in! Adding this to my next meal plan!

  34. wow this looks delish!! I’m saving this for later!

  35. Kelly says:

    This looks and sounds delicious. Love the white wine sauce.

  36. I love a good white wine sauce!!! This looks absolutely delicious.

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