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Perfect Pan-Seared Chicken Breast

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Make perfectly juicy flavorful Pan-Seared Chicken Breast in under 20 minutes with this easy to follow tutorial. Kiss bland boring chicken goodbye.

perfect pan seared chicken breast

When I say no more bland boring chicken, that’s exactly what I mean. This Pan-Seared Chicken Breast is perfectly seasoned with a dash of spice and finished with a dollop of salty butter. Pair this succulent chicken with Seasoned White Rice and Spicy Collard Greens.

What you need to make perfect pan-seared chicken breast

fresh chicken breast

Chicken breast
All-purpose seasoning
Cooking oil
ButterCast-iron skillet
Mixing bowls
Pastry brush
Plastic wrap
Baking dish or tray
Cutting board
Sharp knife or deboning knife

I’m using boneless skinless breast that I deboned and split in two. You may pound the meat for even thickness. The cooking oil I used for this recipe was olive oil but you may use whichever you prefer. However, a light neutral oil like avocado or canola but I like olive oil best.

How to debone and split a chicken breast

deboned chicken

The first step is to remove the skin. I do this by pulling from the pointed end to the top. It should come off easily. It not, use your shears then snip the membrane between the skin and flesh. To remove the bones from a whole breast, cut any protruding bones from each side. Then lay the breast flesh side down and cut with the sharp knife along the bone away from the flesh starting at the thickest part. Keep the blade close to the bone as you cut to release it.

split chicken breast

Split the breast by cutting into the center lengthwise along the meat dividing it in two. Trim away the tenderloin and any other straggly pieces for neat unit form cuts.

How to season chicken breast

all purpose seasoning in oil

Chicken breast is an extremely versatile meal staple. With just the change of a few seasonings, you are transported to a brand new taste experience. I’m using my All-Purpose Seasoning Blend but do try this pan-seared method with one of these tasty spice blends.

Buttermilk Ranch Seasoning
Greek Seasoning
Taco Seasoning

How to pan-sear chicken breast

seasoned chicken breast

Mix the all-purpose spice and oil together in a small bowl. In a dish, brush the mixture over the chicken liberally using all of the oil. Cover the meat with plastic wrap to marinated.

chicken cooking

Heat a skillet over medium flame until smoky and hot. Place the chicken into the pan without overcrowding. Allow the meat to cook for 7-8 minutes before flipping. They should release easily at this point. Cook on the other side for about 2-3 minutes.

perfect pan seared chicken breast

Add the butter and turn the breasts to coat. Turn off the heat and remove the chicken to a plate to rest before serving.

Why rest chicken after cooking

pan seared chicken on a fork

Resting the chicken for 5-10 minutes after cooking allows to let the juices to reabsorb resulting in juicier meat.

Recipes using Pan-Seared Chicken Breast

plated pan seared chicken over pasta

Try one of the recipes on the blog using pan-seared chicken or download my free 10 Quick and Easy Chicken Breast Recipe eCookbook containing exclusive calling mostly for pan-seared chicken breast. It is a free gift for subscribing to my newsletter.
Chicken Caesar Salad
Chipotle Chicken Empanadas
Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

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Perfect Pan-Seared Chicken Breast

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Make perfectly juicy flavorful Pan-Seared Chicken Breast in under 20 minutes with this easy to follow tutorial. Kiss bland boring chicken goodbye.
Prep Time:10 mins
Cook Time:20 mins
Total Time:30 mins

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix the all-purpose spice and oil together in a small bowl. In a dish, brush the mixture over the chicken liberally using all of the oil. Cover the meat with plastic wrap to marinated.
  • Heat a skillet over medium flame until smoky and hot. Place the chicken into the pan without overcrowding. Allow the meat to cook for 7-8 minutes before flipping. They should release easily at this point. Cook on the other side for about 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the butter and turn the breasts to coat. Turn off the heat and remove the chicken to a plate to rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 255kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 454mg | Potassium: 428mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, pan seared
Servings: 4
Calories: 255kcal
Author: Ty

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