Perfect Pan Seared Chicken Breasts

This is the best way to cook chicken breasts. If you are looking for juicy, flavorful chicken breasts, then follow this easy recipe. You'll end up with a platter of delicious chicken ready for the family.

Looking for more low carb and keto chicken recipe ideas? Give this Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad or Buffalo Chicken Dip AKA Chicken Crack a try!

A Perfect Pan Seared Chicken Breast on a white plate.
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Today I am bringing you one of the easy how-to recipes that I use on just about a weekly basis.

I know I talk about meal prepping quite a bit lately but that is because, to me, it is a life saver. Dealing with chronic illness is a pain in the rear. So I try to do things that make my life a little bit easier. Meal prep is one of those things.

But meal prep can also be a wonderful way to streamline your weekly schedule and make everything run much more smoothly.

Weather it be prepping lunches for the week, full dinner recipes, or just to prep your proteins for use down the line, ya, I swear by it!!

So, a typical week might have me cooking up a couple pounds of chicken like this to make chicken salad, or to have on hand to make things like this Chicken Alfredo Zoodle Bake later on in the week.

I have to admit that I usually make at least one extra chicken breast because I always end up nibbling as I chop!

Overhead photo of the ingredients needed to make Perfect Pan Seared Chicken Breasts.



INGREDIENTS NEEDED TO MAKE PERFECT PAN SEARED CHICKEN BREASTS

Detailed measurements and instructions can be found on the printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

INGREDIENTS


Six photos of the process of making Perfect Pan Seared Chicken Breasts.


HOW TO MAKE PERFECT PAN SEARED CHICKEN BREASTS


STEP 1
Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board. Holding your hand flat on top, run a knife horizontally through the chicken to cut the breast into two equal thickness halves.

STEP 2
Season the chicken breast cutlets liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.

STEP 3
Heat a large skillet over medium heat.

STEP 4
Add the oil.

STEP 5
Place the chicken breasts in the skillet and cook, undisturbed, for 3 to 5 minutes (depending on the thickness of the cutlet). 

STEP 6
Using tongs, turn the chicken breast cutlets over and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees internal temperature.

STEP 7
Remove the chicken from the skillet and place it on a plate and tent it with foil.

STEP 8
Allow the chicken to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.

STEP 9
Serve immediately or allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.



Photo of several Perfect Pan Seared Chicken Breasts on a white platter.


FAQS ABOUT PERFECT PAN SEARED CHICKEN BREASTS


What is the best pan to make perfect pan seared chicken breasts in? You want to use a heavy bottomed pan. My fave is cast iron. It really gives it that good sear!

How come some of my chicken breasts aren't cooked the same? You need to get (or cut) chicken breasts that are the same size. If you have size differences just use your internal thermometer to make sure they reach 165 F. Also, make sure to only turn the chicken one time. You want to put it in the pan and then don't touch it until you turn it and then leave it to cook.

Can I freeze the cooked chicken breasts? Yes you can. I usually cut my breasts into cubes once they cool and freeze them that way. I use a Foodsaver to make sure there is no air in the package, which will prevent freezer burn. You can freeze the cooked chicken up to 4 months.


Close up photo of Perfect Pan Seared Chicken Breasts.


Last thoughts about Perfect Pan seared Chicken Breasts

Like I said, this is a perfect meal prep recipe/idea.

Also, I like to grab extra chicken to cook on the nights I am making these chicken breasts for dinner. That way I can kill two birds with one stone. Dinner for tonight + chicken for later.

An easy way to spice things up is to use spice blends like this Cajun, Mexican, Italian, or even Tandoori spice blend! It is an easy way to make your chicken sing!

P.S. those spice blends work great for other proteins too!!


Close up photo of a bite of a Perfect Pan Seared Chicken Breast on a fork.



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Perfect Pan Seared Chicken Breasts

Perfect Pan Seared Chicken Breasts

Yield: 4 servings
Author: Bobbi Hass-Burleson
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 Mininactive time: 10 MinTotal time: 25 Min
This is the best way to cook chicken breasts. If you are looking for juicy, flavorful chicken breasts, then follow this easy recipe. You'll end up with a platter of delicious chicken ready for the family.

Ingredients

  • 4 8-ounce chicken breasts (larger breasts can be cut in half)
  • Pink sea salt
  • Fresh cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons avocado, or extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board. Holding your hand flat on top, run a knife horizontally through the chicken to cut the breast into two equal thickness halves.
  2. Season the chicken breast cutlets liberally with salt and pepper on both sides.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  4. Add the oil.
  5. Place the chicken breasts in the skillet and cook, undisturbed, for 3 to 5 minutes (depending on the thickness of the cutlet).
  6. Using tongs, turn the chicken breast cutlets over and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until the chicken reaches 165 degrees internal temperature.
  7. Remove the chicken from the skillet and place it on a plate and tent it with foil.
  8. Allow the chicken to rest for 5 to 10 minutes.
  9. Serve immediately or allow to cool completely and store in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Nutrition Facts

Calories

404.06

Fat (grams)

11.47

Sat. Fat (grams)

2.75

Carbs (grams)

0.00

Fiber (grams)

0.00

Net carbs

0.00

Sugar (grams)

0.00

Protein (grams)

70.35

Sodium (milligrams)

313.24

Cholesterol (grams)

192.78

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is approximate only. We cannot guarantee the accuracy of the nutritional information given for any recipe on this site. Erythritol carbs will not be included as it has a glycemic index of 0 (meaning it does not spike blood sugar) and it's not metabolized. Net carbs are the total carbs minus fiber.

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