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Perfectly Pan Seared Chicken Breast

Perfectly Pan Seared Chicken Breast

Never make a dry chicken breast again with this fool proof recipe for pan seared chicken breast. No breading is required to have crisp on the outside and juicy on the inside chicken breast.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword Chicken Breast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 People
Calories 213 kcal


  • 4 Chicken Breasts About 6 ounces Each
  • 1/2 tsp. Onion Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. Oregano
  • 2 tsp. Salt I use kosher salt, if you're using fine salt cut back to 1.5 tsp.
  • 1 tsp. Course Ground Black Pepper
  • 1/2 tbsp. Avocado Oil Or other high heat point oil like sunflower or grapeseed.


  1. To prepare the chicken breasts, remove them from the package and dry off well with paper towels.

  2. Place the chicken on a cutting board and trim of all visible fat. Lay a piece of plastic wrap on top of the chicken and using a meat mallet pound it to an even thickness . About 1 inch of thickness is ideal.

  3. Sprinkle each side with the seasoning mixture. Be generous.

  4. Heat a pan over medium high heat. Allow the oil to get hot. It will start to shimmer. Don't overheat it until it's smoking.

  5. Place the chicken breast in the pan and the key here is leaving it alone. Keep the heat around medium. If it seems to be burning you can cut the heat back. The key is good even heating where the chicken has time to make contact with the pan.

  6. If you've pounded your chicken to a 1 inch thickness, expect it to take 4 minutes per side. When the edges of the chicken look white and a peek underneath reveals a golden crust, flip it. Continue to cook 3-4 minutes on the other side.

  7. Remove the chicken from the pan and place on a cutting board. Allow to rest for 8 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Notes

It is very important you allow the meat to rest so the juices can redistribute. This will create a much more tender chicken.

Nutrition Facts
Perfectly Pan Seared Chicken Breast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 213 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Protein 39g78%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.