Preheat the oven to 375°.
Season the chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper.
Next, add a large frying pan to a burner over high heat and let sit for 20 to 30 seconds before adding in the olive oil.
Once the oil begins to lightly smoke add in the chicken breasts and immediately turn the heat down to medium-high. Note: If it is a hot burner then turn it down to medium.
Cook the chicken breasts in between 3 ½ to 4 minutes. Flip it over and add to the oven and cook for 10-12 minutes at 375°.
Remove from the oven and let rest on a cutting board for 2 to 4 minutes, it’s ok if it’s a few minutes longer.
Next, add the pan back to the cooktop over medium heat and add in the shallots and garlic and saute for 2 to 3 minutes.
Deglaze with optional white wine and cook until it is almost completely absorbed.
Pour in the chicken stock and cook on high heat for 2 to 3 minutes.
1Finish with butter, thyme, salt, and pepper.
1Serve the chicken with the pan sauce.