Sometimes, I love spending a long time in the kitchen cooking. Scott will have a game on in the living room, I’ll be cooking an awesome dinner and drinking wine, and it’s really fun for me. But during the week, more often than not I am hungry and want some easy, tasty food in my stomach as soon as possible. In this case, I have an arsenal of 20 minute meals; meals that are super easy to make and still taste great. And honestly, due to meal prepping, this dinner took me less than twenty minutes, more like 15. Which is perfect if you’re a busy student, parent or workin’ woman. I had it with a side of cauliflower (pre-cooked) that I heated up with a lot of butter. You can make whichever side you like, green beans, cheesy broccoli, mashed sweet potatoes, white rice with butter, whatever floats your boat.

Serves 2, or 1 person for lunch and dinner the next day


  • 4 thin chicken thighs (you could also use breasts sliced thinly)
  • 2 tbsp butter or ghee
  • 1 cup of cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 4 large basil leaves, sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced


  1. Heat whichever fat you choose over medium high heat. 
  2. Add the tomatoes to the pan for about two minutes, or until they begin to soften.
  3. Add the chicken, making sure it’s touching the pan.
  4. Cook the chicken for about 3 minutes on both sides, depending on the thickness.
  5. During the last minute or so of cooking, add the basil and garlic. Give it a toss.

How easy is that?! And it’s so tasty!


  1. Thanks for posting this! Quick question… a member of my family has bad reactions to garlic. Any suggestions for a substitute to still enhance the flavor?

  2. Either breasts or thighs – bone in or boneless?
    Looks delicious!

  3. Jamie Beck Reply

    The chicken cooks through in only 3 minutes per side? This is like a 10 minute meal!

    • dani stout Reply

      Haha I know! But my chicken was really thin so 3 minutes a side was perfect, if you have a thick piece that you haven’t pounded out it would take longer.

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  5. wow this looks soo easy.. I’m so gonna do this today lol. (its one of those days that I really dont want to be in the kitchen so this is great! and looks delisious.) 🙂

    Thank you

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