How to Cook Chicken in Cast Iron Easily and Quickly

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Food Recipes: Cook Chicken in Cast Iron

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30-40 minutes

Additional Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 50-60 minutes

Servings: 4


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

Steps to Cook:

  1. Prepare the Chicken: a. Pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towels. b. In a small bowl, combine the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, thyme, and rosemary. Rub the seasoning mixture evenly over the chicken breasts.

  2. Heat the Cast Iron Skillet: a. Place a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. b. Add the olive oil to the skillet and heat until it shimmers.

  3. Cook the Chicken: a. Carefully add the seasoned chicken breasts to the hot skillet. b. Cook the chicken for 5-7 minutes per side, or until it develops a golden-brown crust. c. Reduce the heat to medium-low and continue cooking the chicken for an additional 15-20 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C). d. Flip the chicken breasts occasionally during the cooking process to ensure even browning.

  4. Rest the Chicken: a. Transfer the cooked chicken breasts to a cutting board and let them rest for 5 minutes. b. This resting period allows the juices to redistribute throughout the meat, resulting in juicier and more flavorful chicken.

  5. Serve and Enjoy: a. Slice the rested chicken breasts into desired portions. b. Serve the chicken warm, accompanied by the lemon wedges.

Cook’s Note:

  • Choosing the right cast iron skillet is crucial for this recipe. Opt for a well-seasoned, heavy-duty cast iron skillet that is at least 12 inches in diameter. This will provide even heat distribution and help create a delicious sear on the chicken.
  • For extra flavor, consider adding a few sprigs of fresh thyme or rosemary to the skillet during the cooking process.
  • Adjust the cooking time based on the thickness of your chicken breasts. Thicker cuts may require a few extra minutes of cooking time to ensure they are cooked through.
  • Serve the chicken with your choice of healthy side dishes, such as roasted vegetables, a fresh salad, or a whole grain like quinoa or brown rice.
  • Leftover cooked chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. Reheat gently before serving.

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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!