How to Cook Chicken Effortlessly in a Cast Iron Skillet

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Christina Flores

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Healthy Food Recipes: Chicken in a Cast Iron Skillet

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 25-30 minutes

Additional Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 45-50 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1.5 lbs total)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges (for serving)
  • Chopped parsley (for garnish, optional)

Steps to Cook:

  1. Prepare the Chicken:

    • Pat the chicken breasts dry with paper towels and season both sides evenly with salt and pepper.
  2. Preheat the Cast Iron Skillet:

    • Place a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Allow it to heat up for 3-4 minutes until very hot.
  3. Sear the Chicken:

    • Add the olive oil to the hot skillet.
    • Carefully add the chicken breasts and sear for 5-6 minutes per side, or until golden brown.
    • Transfer the seared chicken to a plate and set aside.
  4. Make the Garlic Butter:

    • Reduce the heat to medium and add 1 tbsp of the butter to the skillet.
    • Once the butter has melted, add the minced garlic. Cook for 1 minute, stirring constantly, until fragrant.
  5. Finish Cooking the Chicken:

    • Return the seared chicken breasts to the skillet and nestle them into the garlic butter.
    • Cover the skillet with a lid and cook for 10-12 minutes, flipping the chicken halfway through, until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
    • Transfer the cooked chicken to a clean plate and cover loosely with foil to keep warm.
  6. Make the Pan Sauce:

    • Add the remaining 1 tbsp of butter to the skillet.
    • Use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
    • Allow the butter to melt and the sauce to thicken slightly, about 1-2 minutes.
  7. Serve the Chicken:

    • Slice the chicken breasts against the grain.
    • Arrange the sliced chicken on a serving platter or individual plates.
    • Drizzle the garlic butter sauce over the top.
    • Garnish with chopped parsley, if desired.
    • Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side.

Cook’s Note:

  • For best results, use a well-seasoned cast iron skillet. This will help develop a nice sear on the chicken.
  • Be sure not to overcrowd the pan when searing the chicken. Cook the breasts in batches if needed.
  • The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F when measured with a digital meat thermometer.
  • Letting the chicken rest for 5 minutes before slicing will help keep it juicy.
  • Feel free to adjust the amount of garlic or butter to suit your personal taste preferences.
  • This recipe can be easily doubled to serve a larger crowd.

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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!