Chicken breasts with crispy sage

Chicken breasts with crispy sage

This is one of my all-time favourite chicken recipes. It uses fresh sage leaves, which crisp up in the cooking process and infuse into the sauce, making this dish super-tasty. In fact, this is really a recipe for sauce, and the chicken is just there to soak it up!

Use one chicken breast per person. If you use fewer than 4 chicken breasts, you don’t have to adjust the rest of the recipe, you’ll just end up with extra sage leaves and sauce.

Tip: Grow a sage plant in your herb garden, and keep some frozen chicken breasts on hand, and you’ll be able to throw this together at the last minute.


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 – 15g package of sage leaves (about ½ ounce or 30 large leaves)
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • 6 Tbsp olive oil
  • ¼ cup butter
  • salt and pepper


  • Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  • Put the chicken breasts in a non-metallic bowl, add 3 Tbsp of olive oil, the lemon juice, and the sage leaves. Let the mixture marinate in the fridge for an hour or so. (If you are in a rush, you can skip the marinating and it will be just fine.)
  • Heat the butter and the remaining 3 Tbsp of olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. When the mixture starts to get bubbly, add the chicken breasts, saving the sage leaves and marinade.
  • Cook over medium for about 8 minutes, being careful not to burn the chicken.
  • Turn the chicken breasts over, and add the sage leaves to the butter/oil mixture in the bottom of the pan. (Continue to reserve the rest of the lemon/oil marinade).
  • Cook the chicken and the sage leaves for about 5 more minutes. The sage leaves fry in the butter/oil mixture and turn from a pale green colour to a dark green/brown colour.
  • Pull the sage leaves out of the frying pan, and let them cool on a paper towel. They will crisp up as they cool off. Be careful not to overcook the sage leaves.
  • Continue to cook the chicken breasts for about 3 more minutes or until they are cooked through. If you are using thick chicken breasts, you may want to cut each breast in to 4 or 5 large chunks at this point to speed up the cooking. This also gives the chicken more of a chance to soak up the sauce.
  • When the chicken is fully cooked, pull it out of the pan, cover it, and set it aside.
  • Make the sauce by adding the remaining lemon/oil marinade to the pan. Stir for about a minute, scraping the burnt bits off the side and bottom of the pan to form a thick brown sauce. Be careful not to cook the sauce for too long, or it might start to separate.
  • Return the chicken to the pan to coat it in sauce
  • Serve the chicken with a few spoonfuls of sauce and a sprinkle of crispy sage leaves.

To keep your meal low-carb, try serving this dish with some steamed broccoli or cauliflower purée.

Chicken breasts with crispy sage Serves 4
Calories 548
Total Fat 34.7
Total Carbohydrate 2.6
   Dietary Fibre 0.1
   Sugars 0.7
Protein 54.7