Chicken with Rosemary Wine Sauce

This chicken with rosemary wine sauce is easy enough for a weeknight dinner and fancy enough for guests. The tender chicken thighs are delicious with the butter wine sauce!

Delicious chicken thighs with a buttery rosemary wine sauce. - so yummy!

Chicken with Rosemary Wine Sauce

We all need dinner ideas that are fairly easy to execute, but have a “wow” factor when served – maybe it’s for a special occasion, or when guests are coming for dinner, or when you just want to get your fancy pants on and make an elegant dinner for no reason at all. I like to get out my fancy pants sometimes, don’t you?

This chicken with rosemary wine sauce is one of those meals for those nights, and should I daresay a weeknight? Yes, this is a great weeknight meal -it takes less than an hour to make so an elegant dinner on a random Tuesday is possible!

Some Ingredients You’ll Need

Making a pan sauce is one of my go-to tricks for impressing people. There’s something awesome about spooning a warm and velvety sauce (tableside, of course, or am I the only one who does that?) over whatever meat is accompanying it. People like it. Here’s how you make it…

  • Flavorful chicken thighs are first browned in a pan and then all the goodness they leave behind is used to make the simple sauce. I’ve also used boneless, skinless chicken breasts but I love how pretty the chicken thighs are in the sauce.
  • Once the chicken is browned remove it from the pan. Saute sliced onion and garlic until they’re softened.
  • Melt some butter in the pan and add some flour. This will help thicken the sauce.
  • Add some chicken stock, white wine and fresh rosemary and stir it all together. Be sure to scrape up all the browned bits off the bottom of the pan.
  • The chicken goes back in the pan to finish cooking at this point. I like to cover the pan for a while and then uncover it to allow the sauce to reduce. Once the chicken is cooked through you can serve the sauce as is or strain it (like I do) so it’s velvety smooth.

So keep this one handy for those times you want something that’s fancy but not high-maintenance!

Happy cooking,

Chicken thighs in a skillet with rosemary wine sauce with white plates in the background

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Chicken with Rosemary Wine Sauce

Delicious chicken thighs with a buttery rosemary wine sauce. - so yummy!

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Flavorful chicken thighs paired with a butter rosemary wine sauce for an elegant meal that’s sure to impress!

  • Author: April @ Girl Gone Gourmet
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stove
  • Cuisine: American


  • 2 slices bacon, chopped
  • 4 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, patted dry and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • 1 small onion sliced thin
  • 2 garlic cloves, mashed
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 3/4 cup chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup white wine (I used Chardonnay)
  • 1 large or 2 small sprigs of fresh rosemary
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped (optional)


  1. In a large pan, cook the bacon over medium heat until it’s crispy. Remove it from the pan and leave the fat in the pan. You won’t use the bacon in the recipe, so store it in the fridge to use on salads, eggs, etc. You just need the bacon fat.
  2. Add the chicken to the pan, skin side down, and cook over medium to medium-high heat until the skin is nicely browned, about five minutes or so. Turn each piece over and let it cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside.
  3. Toss the onions in the pan and cook for about 2-3 minutes just until they start to soften. Toss in the garlic and give it all a stir. Let it cook another minute or so. Add the butter to the pan and let it melt. Then sprinkle in the flour and give it all a good stir to coat the onions and garlic.
  4. Pour in the chicken stock and white wine, turn the heat up to medium-high and scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen all the brown bits. Give it all a good stir and bring it to a boil. Once at a boil, turn down the heat to medium and add the herbs. Add the chicken thighs back in. The liquid should come barely 1/2 way up the chicken, add a little more wine or chicken stock if needed.
  5. Cover and let it simmer for at least 20 minutes or until the chicken cooked through. I recommend using a thermometer to check – it should read 165 degrees when inserted near the bone of the largest piece.
  6. Remove the garlic and herb stems. At this point, you could serve the sauce as is, but I like to strain it to remove the solids. Do this using a fine mesh strainer over a smaller bowl or pot. Press on the solids to release all of the liquid. Return the chicken back to the pan and pour the sauce in around it. Garnish with chopped parsley.


  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 479
  • Sugar: 2.4g
  • Sodium: 210.3mg
  • Fat: 35.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 20.9g
  • Trans Fat: 0.1g
  • Carbohydrates: 8.3g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 30.1g
  • Cholesterol: 179mg

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