Stove Top Chicken Breast (BEST Chicken Recipes)

This Stove Top Chicken Breast is so incredibly tender and juicy and takes only 25 minutes from start to finish. It’s one of the best chicken recipes there is when you want a fresh, home cooked meal on a busy weeknight!

Juicy stovetop chicken breasts, slice on a plate with parsley

Chicken breasts are a staple in most households because they are quick and easy to cook and they can take on a variety of flavors. Our household is no different! The flavors of this chicken are similar to my Baked Chicken Breasts recipe, but you don’t have to turn on the oven, which frees it up for fresh baked bread, veggies, or even dessert!

How to Make Stove Top Chicken Breasts

I use my favorite seasoning blend of spices that really give this stovetop chicken it’s incredible flavor. The best part is you probably already have them in your pantry, and it works for all kinds of chicken recipes!

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One of the keys to cooking boneless chicken breasts is to get them to a more even thickness. If you look at the breast you can see that it’s really thick at one end, and of course that takes longer to cook. The other end is very thin which cooks much faster. The problem with this is that you end up with one end that’s dry and the opposite end that could even be a little underdone, which is why a lot of chicken recipes get a bad rap. So to rectify that, pound that chicken! Use a mallet or even a small skillet to pound out the thicker end of the chicken and make it more uniform.

This cooking process is simple but does require a little patience. After you put the chicken in a hot pan (listen to that sizzle!), whatever you do, don’t touch it! Let it sit for 4 minutes to get a nice sear, then flip it over. After about 2 minutes, turn the heat to low, add a pat of butter (totally optional, but adds additional flavor) and cover the skillet. This gives the chicken time to cook fully without burning.

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Finally after about 10 minutes remove the skillet from the heat and let it sit, still covered (again, don’t touch it!) for another 10 minutes. This time allows the juices to redistribute (“rest”) so they don’t run all over the cutting board leaving you with a dry, lifeless chicken breast.

This is one of the best chicken recipes ever!!

There you have it – perfectly tender and juicy chicken breasts on the stovetop in just about 25 minutes!

Here’s a little tip for you – See all that juice in the pan? Don’t throw it out! You can do one of two things:

  1. Drizzle it over as is.
  2. Make a gravy by adding the juices to some melted butter and flour in a small pot.

Either way you are making one of the best chicken recipes ever, even better!

juicy stove top chicken sliced on a cutting board

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The BEST Stovetop Chicken Breast

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Servings 4 -6 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon butter

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder. Place the chicken in a baking dish and sprinkle the seasoning mixture over both sides of the chicken and rub it in with your hands.
  • Heat olive oil in a large skillet (with a tight fitting lid) over medium-high heat. Add chicken and leave it alone to sear and cook for 4 minutes on the first side. Flip the chicken and add the butter to the skillet, swirling it around the pan as it melts. Cook for 2 minutes, then cover the skillet with a tight fitting lid. Turn heat down to low for 10 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat and rest, covered, for another 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve immediately with parsley garnish, if desired.

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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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    1. I have made thighs on the stovetop, but they tend to be messier because of the higher fat content, and also take a little longer to cook through depending on the thickness.

  1. Thanks Kristin, this is a really good EASY recipe! With the full amounts of seasoning, mine came out pretty salty — I think I will try it agin halving the amounts. Has anybody made suggestions for how to back off the saltiness a bit? For your readers, if I’ve done my math correctly, sodium is only about 570mg per chicken breast, which is not bad given a 2,300mg / day USRDA. Only other comment is that I didn’t need the whole 10 minutes on low covered. After the 4 + 2 I checked and my chicken was already at 135. I typically shoot for 150 to get carryover up to ~160-165. Only took about 4 of the 10 minutes on low to get there!

    1. Hi Rick, saltiness is definitely a personal taste, so you can cut down if you prefer. Chicken breasts can range in size and thickness quite a bit so the time it takes to get to 165 can vary, so I definitely recommend using a meat thermometer, which it sounds like you did. Sounds like you really enjoyed the recipe though, thanks for your review!

    1. We are working on adding nutritional content, but even then it would be for informational purposes only. In the meantime there are several online calculators you can use, like myfitnesspal.com.

  2. I didn’t have all the ingredients but I had taco seasoning which had a few of them and then some. I slipped on the olive oil but continued to follow the recipe and it was delicious and juicy. THANK YOU

  3. Thank you so much for this recipe! I cooked the chicken in a pan (not funny paying attention to the skillet part by accident) so I left it on low for 25min instead of 10 since to make sure it cooked fully & it was still delicious and juice!!

  4. Thank you for this recipe! I was looking for a quick and easy chicken recipe, and this one hit the spot! I needed chicken to go on a salad I was making, and everyone that ate the salad commented on how good the chicken was. It will be my go to from now on!! Thanks again!

  5. This is my new favourite chicken! I spiced mine with salt, pepper, steak spice and omg it was so juicy and tender! I drizzled the butter sauce overtop afterwards it it was to die for on a bed of rice! My boyfriend absolutely loved it and we will definitely be making again!

  6. This has come out perfectly every time! When I turn the heat down to low for the last 10 minutes, I insert a temperature probe (on a wire connected to a meter) and set the temperature for 145 degrees. Sometimes it takes 8 minutes, sometimes 12 minutes. It depends on the thickness of the chicken breast and how cold it was. Then it rests at least 5 minutes. It always comes out juicy and delicious.

      1. And I should have mentioned that the temperature always rises another 5-10 degrees while resting.

  7. Your recipe was clearly stated; it was well-demonstrated, and it was easy to follow! The week before, I had ‘bombed out’ with chicken breasts, and had to blend it into a meat sauce: it was that bad! But this time, I followed your instructions and reaped the harvest of a delicious dish! Thank you, again!

  8. I made it today, and the chicken was JUST what I wanted—tender, well-cooked( 165+) AND moist and delicious! My daughter was ecstatic: The delicious chicken and zucchini spaghetti, with onions, and peppers!

  9. This was easy, simple, and absolutely perfect. My Instant Pot broke and it was like I forgot how to cook chicken. Thinking it was going to be some huge ordeal, I found your recipe while Googling for quick stove-top chicken and turned on the gas. Man, this was much, much better than in the Instant Pot. I don’t think I can go back.

  10. Love this! I might play with the seasonings (but great as is), but I have never made chicken this was before and it was so tender – my husband and 2 daughters all loved it!

  11. This was SO GOOD!! It’s the first time I’ve ever made chicken this way. My 14 year old had 3 helpings of the chicken! I should have made more. Will definitely make like this again. Followed the recipe to a T and it was perfect! Thank you!

    1. Basically, yes, but the times are at different temperatures to ensure even cooking throughout. Then rest for 5-10 minutes.

    1. You wont have a ton of drippings. However you could melt some more butter in the pan to make a nice sauce. Or you could add a little more butter and some flour, and once that’s cooked add chicken stock.

  12. This is the 3rd time doing this recipe, so do I need to tell you how much I love it?! This time I varied it by using a marinade & chicken thighs. I’m not a working mom, but a busy single, running her own business & teaching herself how to cook. Recipes like this are a life saver! Thank you!

  13. This is the only way I have cooked chicken breast as an entree since I found this method several months ago. Perfect! Thank you for posting!

  14. I just tried it. It is soooo good!! I squeezed a fresh lemon over it..yummy!!!! I am in love with this recipe. Thank you

  15. I love your simple but delicious recipes, so glad I found you web site. Please keep posting these incredible simple dishes.
    Thank you

  16. This recipe was delicious! Everything came out so moist and flavorful! So perfect! I did season them pretty good so I went through the first batch and made a second.

    Thank you!!

  17. SO moist! Previously I always seem to dry out my chicken breasts, and I love that you can really use any spice you like for flavour (though I really like the suggestion in the recipe) 🙂
    Delicious and EASY. Five stars!

  18. This was the best chicken I loved the flavor. Followed the cooking instructions exactly. I did double the seasoning ingredients. Delish

  19. Hi, Kristin! Thank you for this recipe! I made it tonight for dinner.I didn’t have onion powder and it didn’t matter. I added Chipotle powder along with garlic powder and chili powder, salt and pepper. I followed your recipe but, had just picked some hot peppers from our garden and threw 2 of them into the skillet with 2 chicken breasts after they were browned. We like our food a little spicy. My husband raved at how tender and juicy the chicken tasted and he loved the little bit of heat from the peppers. I will certainly make this again and share your recipe with my friends. 🙂

  20. Excellent recipe! I cooked as directed and adjusted ingredients for 1 chicken breast. Turned out perfect! Thanks for sharing. This will be used time and again. ?

  21. I just made this, but I didn’t have the chili powder. Instead just substituting with my own on hand powders. Not that hard to make, easy and simple instructions. I would do this again.

  22. I am now making this for the second time and we just love it! This method really works! And the seasoning combination is great. The proof is in the pudding – my picky teens all loved it and now ask for it. The only thing I did differently the second time is make more of it!

  23. Hello!
    Thank you so much for sharing this delicious and easy recipe!! I followed it to the ‘T’ and everything turned out perfect! My kids and husband loved it, and I have made sure to share it with my sister and mom!
    And the fact that it was easy, is a wonderful bonus!! 🙂 Thank you again!!

  24. Hi, thanks for the recipe, it’s a pretty nice way to make the chicken breast. Only thing I should have done was maybe started it later, it ended up being done first before all my sides so my timing was off.

  25. First note I will admit I do not like chicken much but I am trying to get more in my diet and have been trying different recipes. I really like this with the spices you recommended and will be sure to make it again. Yes I had to fiddle around with my stove temp. Made two sets. First set cautious because of previous comments then second set with a fairly close to high setting for my old electric glass top stove. Second set got seared better. Thanks so much for this recipe. Moist and very tasty. I will be sure to make is often and maybe even experiment with some different seasoning. YOU are a life saver. THANKS!

  26. Yum! I’ve made this 5-6 Times now and it keeps getting better each time. I didn’t have any chili powder so used Cajun powder instead and it’s amazing. Love this recipe!! Thank you.

  27. Incredibly moist. Both my teenage boys loved it. Thanks for sharing the tip of searing and not moving it. Then letting it rest. So juicy!

  28. I used a different marinade so I will only comment on the stove top directions. A little disappointed that my chicken was burned when I flipped it after the first 4 minutes. I don’t know why, as I had it on medium-high and dropped it to medium after only 2 minutes when I saw that it was browning faster than it should. I love your sausage/peppers/rice skillet dish though, and showed it to my sisters and mom, who both make that recipe now as well!

    1. It’s tough to say what happened because every kitchen is different. I have some burners that just get hotter than others. You’ll have to use your best judgement and just keep an eye on it.

      1. I have tried this two more times, and I cooked it on my electric stovetop on just over medium heat so as to avoid burning. It worked great following the rest of your cooking instructions. Very tender and flavorful! I can now rate this 5 stars! I would suggest to people trying this cooking method for the first time to check your chicken when it is cooking on that first side to make sure it isn’t burned after a couple minutes! I am wondering if this stovetop method will work for boneless skinless chicken thighs? I’m going to try it today!

  29. I was nervous about this method (let the chicken rest for 10 minutes – will it even be cooked?!) but I am SO HAPPY with the result. It tastes amazing and it was so easy! Plus, it freed up my oven for roasted veggies. Great post, thank you!

    1. So glad you gave it a try. I love this method because the chicken gets a nice sear, then continues to cook after you turn off the heat and cover it so it almost “steams” it and it stays super juicy!

  30. OMG! I tried your stovetop chicken method. I can’t believe I have been cooking it wrong all these years! Your method is by far the best stovetop chicken I have ever cooked. I didn’t use your seasoning though, as I am currently in love with Adobo and black pepper as a seasoning for chicken. Thanks so much for the technique. I am going to try this with turkey breast cutlets too. Yum.

    1. That’s the best part about this method – you can use any seasoning you like! We had this for dinner just last night. Still a favorite!

    1. Unfortunately each stove is different. Medium-high works perfectly on mine, however you have to use your discretion in your own kitchen.