Step-by-step directions and helpful tips on how to sear chicken so it comes out juicy, flavorful, and perfectly browned on both sides.
Prep Time:3 minutes
Cook Time:12 minutes
Total Time:15 minutes
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt & pepper
2 teaspoons of your favorite seasoning blend
1 tablespoon olive oil
Place the chicken breasts onto a flat surface and pat dry with paper towels.
Season both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper, and your choice of seasoning, if using, just on one side.
In a large cast-iron or stainless steel pan, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Place the chicken pieces, salt-only side down, in the pan and cook undisturbed for 6 minutes or until the meat lifts easily from the pan and the surface is golden brown.
Using a spatula, carefully flip the chicken and cook for an additional 3 to 5 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
Turn off the heat, remove the chicken from the pan onto a plate, and allow it to rest for 5 minutes before slicing or serving.