Impressive yet Simple Budget-Friendly Recipe

by Taylor S.

Creating delicious meals at home can seem overwhelming and expensive, but it shouldn’t be. Cooking at home should save you money and not waste time.

As a chef, I have always been able to create meals with ingredients I have on hand—and that’s a blessing. However, over the years, I have learned that not everyone has that ability. So, I have made it a mission to create budget friendly recipes with ingredients you may already have. 

Easy sage brown butter sauce with chicken

This chicken dish is no exception. (The only thing you may not have is fresh sage, but that will cost around $3 at your local store.) This recipe sounds fancy, but brown butter sage chicken is super easy and budget friendly. If you make this for guests, which I recommend because it is super quick, your guest will think you are a next level chef. If you choose to make this for yourself, you will enjoy every single bite and your leftover chicken won’t even taste dry. It’s a win/win every time.

 I highly recommend giving this recipe a try, you won’t regret it!

Making a simple yet impressive budget-friendly recipe


  • 1 1/2 lb. Chicken breast, if thick, cut in half to make 2 chicken breast.
  • 4 TBSP Butter salted
  • Bunch of fresh Sage about 10-12 leaves
  • 1 clove garlic minced


  1. In a medium pan, melt 2 tbsp butter on medium heat with half the sage leaves. Add chicken and sear on one side (about 5 min depending on size).
  2. While the chicken cooks, chop the garlic. Flip the chicken. Take out the crispy sage leaves, and add the rest of the sage. Cook until chicken is cooked through.
  3. Add the remaining butter and garlic, cook for about 5 more minutes until the butter starts to brown, but not burn.
  4. Serve chicken over potatoes, risotto (I have a butternut squash risotto that is budget friendly and pairs well with the chicken), and/or vegetables. Garnish with crispy sage leaves and enjoy!


I love to offer any tips and tricks for recipes, but I don’t have many tips for this, because it is so easy.  I will start by saying do not burn the butter! Keep it on about medium heat and let it cook for the 20 minutes the recipe calls for. It will brown all on its own. If it getting too dark too quick, meaning the chicken is raw and the butter is dark; turn your heat down and add more a little more butter. If the chicken is not cooking, you may have kept the breast of the chicken too thick. I really recommend ½ in. thick. I like to cut the chicken in halves or thirds depending how thick it is. Do this by, pressing the palm of your hand on top of the chicken. Place your strong hand over the knife and cut through the chicken. Keep your fingers out of the way! The hand the presses the chicken, the fingers should be bent up to the ceiling while your palm does the work. It is much easier to do, then to describe it.

Enjoy this easy sage brown butter sauce with chicken

I hope you love the recipe as much as my friends and family do. When it comes to cooking, don’t over think it, it should be fun and simple. Never make a recipe that stresses you out to just read. Try to find recipes that you have most of the ingredients in your home already. The goal is for you to thrive in your kitchen because that will translate to thriving in other parts of life, like your finances. You can find more budget friendly recipes on my blog

 Good luck and you can always reach to me on Instagram (@taylorsqueglia) and I will happily help. 

Taylor is a trained chef, certified nutritionist and personal trainer, and a personal finance coach who helps women create balanced meals and get comfortable in the kitchen. She educates women to thrive in the kitchen by cutting back food expenses, creating meal plans, and save for their future all while enjoying their weekly happy hour and delicious meals. You can find more of her budget friendly recipes and tips to cut back food expenses on or her Instagram

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