Don’t have a BBQ or grill? No problem! This tutorial will show you How To Cook The Perfect Stove-Top Chicken Breast, grill marks and all! Perfect for small homes without a backyard grill or in a college dorm-room.
As C and I sat down for dinner one night a few weeks ago, he kindly declared that I had totally mastered the art of how to cook the perfect stove-top chicken breast. Now to the average person, this might not seem like an ideal compliment, but for me it was the ultimate! Mainly because it took me almost a year to figure it out…
When we moved into our new place in San Francisco, we gave up our grill. To be fair, we never actually owned a grill, but our previous apartment building had a communal one, which at least meant we could grill when the cravings struck. And when it comes to meat, there’s rarely a reason to do anything to it besides grill it!
But alas, with no access to a BBQ, we forfeited this option (I like to say we traded in a BBQ for a view of the Golden Gate Bridge!) and I became determined to figure out how to cook meat perfectly on the stove-top. 12 months later, I finally succeeded!
I vowed that in 2018 I would start posting those random how-tos and recipes that are way less sexy but infinitely more useful so when C complimented me on my chicken skillz I knew it was time this recipe made an appearance. Of course, making raw meat look attractive is no easy feat, but I’m quite certain there are many of you out there with the same grill-less conundrum who could use a tutorial like this.
I’m also so excited to be teaming up with Simply Organic for our third year in a row bringing you helpful how-tos this year! Having a fully stocked spice cupboard is an absolute must in my life and beyond just adding flavor to your chicken breasts, they basically make or break healthy cooking.
My #1 tip for people who are looking to get creative in the kitchen and make healthy, easy and delicious food is to fully stock your spice cabinet. If you’re curious to see which spices I think are essential to have, check out this post on how to stock and organize your spice cabinet. It’s truly a life-saver.
So let’s not make this any longer than it needs to be and instead jump into my absolute MUSTS when it comes to cooking the perfect stove-top chicken breast!
1. Use quality chicken – I think this is a given, but it still surprises me how many people reach for the poorest quality meat. Of course, I respect whatever is feasible for you but if you actually want the nutritional benefits from meat and want something that doesn’t taste like cardboard, reach for organic and free-range chicken. All poultry is antibiotic and hormone-free so even though a lot of packaging says this, they have to be. You can read more about my meat choices here.
2. Clean chicken very well – Always dry your chicken to the best of your ability. Use paper towel or a dish towel (for a more environmentally-friendly option but throw into the washing machine immediately after use!) to dry it completely. You don’t want the breast to be wet at all.
3. Use a spice rub – I prefer to spice my chicken with a dry rub mix. Simply Organic makes fantastic spice-blends that you can use or feel free to get experimental and mix a bunch of spices yourself. Also, don’t skimp on salt. It’s necessary to bring out the flavor. Below I’ve included which blends I like to use.
4. Bring to room temperature – I leave my chicken breasts out for 1 hour before cooking them. This will help cut down the cooking time and make sure the chicken cooks evenly. I know people are scared to leave poultry out, but trust me on this. Leave on your counter for 45-60 minutes before cooking.
5. Use a cast-iron grill pan – this is an absolute must! It is the only way you can get BBQ-style chicken on your stove-top. This is the one I prefer and while it can be a pain to clean, it is the only thing that comes close to an indoor grill!
- 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (8-10 oz each)
Southwestern Chicken Breasts
Tuscan Chicken Breasts
Curried Chicken Breasts
- Dry chicken very well. Use paper towel or dishtowel if preferred.
- In a small bowl combine seasoning blend for preferred flavor.
- Coat chicken with seasoning and use hands to ensure it is rubbed in completely on all sides.
- Allow chicken to sit out on counter for 45-60 minutes.
- Place cast-iron grill pan on stove top over high heat and coat with olive oil or oil of choice. *turn on hood vent immediately
- Once cast-iron grill pan is smoking, place chicken breasts on top of pan and cook for 5 minutes.
- Flip and cook for 5 minutes on the other side.
- If your chicken breasts are bigger, you may need closer to 6-7 minutes or smaller closer to 4 minutes per side.
- Remove from heat and allow chicken to cool for 5 minutes before serving.
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Simply Organic. I’m honored to be an ambassador for them for the third year in a row. All opinions expressed are 100% my own, however I was compensated for my time. Thank you for supporting the brands that help make THM possible.
Which how-tos would you like to see this year? Do you have a grill or use your stove-top?
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