Garlic Butter Chicken with Zucchini and Corn – One-Pan, 30-Minute Meal


Garlic Butter Chicken with Zucchini and Corn is a delightful one-pan, 30-minute meal that brings together succulent chicken, fresh zucchini, and sweet corn, all enveloped in a rich garlic butter sauce. This dish is perfect for busy weeknights when you crave something wholesome yet quick to prepare. The combination of flavors is not only tantalizing but also packed with nutrients, making it a favorite among families and food enthusiasts alike. Whether you are a seasoned cook or a beginner, this recipe is straightforward and yields a mouthwatering result every time.

A Brief History of Garlic Butter Chicken

The concept of cooking chicken in butter dates back to European cuisine, where butter was a primary cooking fat. Garlic butter, specifically, has its roots in French cooking, renowned for its rich, flavorful sauces. Over time, this technique has been adopted and adapted globally, giving rise to various delicious versions. The addition of zucchini and corn provides a modern, healthy twist to the classic garlic butter chicken, incorporating fresh vegetables that add color, texture, and nutrition to the dish.


For the Veggies

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium zucchini, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1.5 cups corn kernels, cooked (about 3 corn ears – corn on the cob)

For the Garlic Butter Chicken

  • 1 lb chicken breasts, skinless, boneless, sliced
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika (or more, to taste)
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder (or more, to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice (or more, to taste)
  • 4 tablespoons butter, divided

For Garnish

  • ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped


Preparing the Veggies

  1. Heat the Skillet: Begin by heating a large, high-sided cast-iron skillet over medium heat for about 1 minute to ensure it’s hot enough for cooking.
  2. Cook the Zucchini: Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the skillet, followed by the sliced zucchini. Sprinkle with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook the zucchini for approximately 3 minutes on medium heat, flipping them once to ensure even cooking. Once done, transfer the zucchini to a plate and set aside.

How to Make Garlic Butter Chicken

  1. Season the Chicken: Slice the chicken breasts into strips. In a bowl, season the chicken with smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, and freshly ground black pepper. Ensure the chicken is evenly coated with the spices for maximum flavor.
  2. Cook the Chicken: In the same skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat. Add the seasoned chicken strips in a single layer. Cook the chicken undisturbed for about 4 minutes to achieve a nice sear.
  3. Add Garlic and Lime Juice: Flip the chicken strips over and add the minced garlic. Cook for an additional 2 minutes. Lower the heat to low, add the freshly squeezed lime juice, and 2 tablespoons of butter. Continue to cook for another 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until the chicken is cooked through but still juicy, and the garlic has softened.


  1. Combine the Ingredients: Return the cooked zucchini and corn kernels to the skillet with the chicken. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and melt it on low heat, stirring gently to combine the ingredients. Ensure the garlic butter sauce coats both the chicken and the vegetables evenly.
  2. Garnish: Remove the skillet from heat and stir in half of the chopped fresh cilantro. Adjust the seasoning with additional salt, smoked paprika, and chili powder if desired. Add more freshly squeezed lime juice for a tangier flavor, if preferred.
  3. Serve: When serving, top with the remaining chopped fresh cilantro. For an added visual appeal, sprinkle a small amount of chili powder over the corn and chicken.

Nutrition Information

Per serving:

  • Calories: 350
  • Protein: 25g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fat: 22g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 420mg


Garlic Butter Chicken with Zucchini and Corn is more than just a meal; it’s an experience of rich flavors and textures, prepared in a single pan for ease and convenience. This dish not only saves time but also minimizes cleanup, making it ideal for anyone looking to enjoy a delicious, home-cooked meal without the fuss. The fresh ingredients and the vibrant combination of spices make this recipe a standout choice for your next dinner. Try it out, and you’ll see why it’s destined to become a staple in your kitchen.

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