How to Easily Cook Succulent Cast Iron Chicken Breasts

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Baked Chicken Breasts with Lemon and Herbs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20-25 minutes

Additional Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 35-40 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 lbs)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges (for serving)

Steps to Cook:

  1. Prepare the Chicken: a. Pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, thyme, and rosemary.

  2. Heat the Cast Iron Skillet: a. Place a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and let it heat up for 2-3 minutes. b. Add the olive oil to the hot skillet and swirl to coat the bottom.

  3. Sear the Chicken: a. Carefully add the seasoned chicken breasts to the hot skillet. b. Cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until the chicken is golden brown and develops a nice sear. c. Transfer the seared chicken to a plate and set aside.

  4. Make the Pan Sauce: a. Reduce the heat to medium and add the butter to the skillet. b. Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. c. Cook the butter, stirring occasionally, until it turns a light golden brown and has a nutty aroma, about 2-3 minutes.

  5. Finish Cooking the Chicken: a. Return the seared chicken breasts to the skillet, nestling them in the butter sauce. b. Cover the skillet with a lid or aluminum foil and continue cooking for 10-12 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and reaches an internal temperature of 165°F. c. Flip the chicken halfway through the cooking time to ensure even cooking.

  6. Rest and Serve: a. Transfer the cooked chicken breasts to a cutting board and let them rest for 5 minutes. b. Serve the chicken immediately, drizzled with the pan sauce and accompanied by lemon wedges.

Cook’s Note:

  • For best results, use a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. This will help create a nice sear on the chicken and prevent sticking.
  • Adjust the cooking time as needed based on the thickness of your chicken breasts. Thicker breasts may require a few extra minutes of cooking.
  • If the pan sauce starts to brown too quickly, reduce the heat to medium-low to prevent burning.
  • Serve the chicken with your favorite sides, such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad.
  • For extra flavor, you can add minced garlic or shallots to the pan sauce during the last minute of cooking.

This healthy baked chicken recipe is a delicious and easy-to-prepare dinner option. The combination of the seared chicken, the flavorful pan sauce, and the bright lemon wedges creates a balanced and satisfying meal. The use of a cast iron skillet ensures a perfect sear on the chicken, while the covered cooking method ensures the chicken stays juicy and tender. Serve this dish with your choice of sides for a complete and nutritious meal.

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About Christina Flores

Hi, I am Christina Flores, author of I'm passionate about creating delicious and nutritious recipes to help people lead healthier lives. Join me on this culinary journey as we explore the world of healthy eating together!