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Juicy Pan Seared Chicken Breast Recipe

Servings: 4 people
Get all the tips and tricks to cook pan seared chicken perfectly every time! Easy and quick to make, add these juicy chicken breasts to your favorite salads, sandwiches, pastas and other main meals.
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  • 4 6-8 ounces, each skinless, boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt if using table salt, use 1 teaspoon
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter melted


  • Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 275°F.
  • Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray; set aside.
  • Pound thickest part of each breast with a meat mallet just until it has equal thickness on both ends.
  • Sprinkle ½ teaspoon kosher salt and 1/8 teaspoon black pepper evenly over each breast and place the breasts in the sprayed baking dish. Cover the dish with foil and bake until breasts register 145-150 degrees with an instant-read thermometer, about 20-30 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and remove chicken from oven. Transfer to a plate and pat dry with paper towels.
  • In a large skillet, set over medium-high heat, heat oil just until smoking.
  • Brush each breast lightly with melted butter and place them in the hot pan. Brush the top-side of each breast with butter.
  • Sear the breasts until bottom side is golden brown, 3-4 minutes per side. R
  • Reduce heat to medium-low, and use tongs to flip each breast over.
  • Cook until an instant-read thermometer registers 155-160°F, an additional 3-4 minutes.
  • Serve immediately or transfer breasts to a plate, cover with foil, and set the plate of breasts in the (turned off) oven to keep warm until ready to use.
  • Enjoy!



  • Use good quality chicken breasts. By free run / organic if you can.
  • Do use a meat mallet to pound the chicken. This helps to break and tough fibers and makes the chicken wonderfully tender. You can also use a rolling pin.
  • The chicken is cooked when it's internal temperature reaches 145F.