Pan-seared chicken breast is a classic and versatile dish that is quick and easy to prepare. Here’s a detailed description of how to make pan-seared chicken breast:
Start by selecting boneless, skinless chicken breasts. You can either use whole chicken breasts or cut them into smaller portions if desired. Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper, and any other desired herbs or spices. This adds flavor to the chicken.
Preheat a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a small amount of oil or butter to the pan and let it heat up.
Once the pan is hot, carefully place the seasoned chicken breasts in the pan. Allow them to cook undisturbed for about 5-6 minutes on one side until it develops a golden-brown crust. This will give the chicken a nice sear.
Flip the chicken breasts using tongs or a spatula and cook for another 5-6 minutes on the other side. The internal temperature of the chicken should reach 165°F (74°C) to ensure it is fully cooked.
If you prefer your chicken with a crispy texture, you can finish it off by placing the pan-seared chicken breasts in a preheated oven at 400°F (200°C) for an additional 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts.
Once the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the pan and let it rest for a few minutes before serving. This allows the juices to redistribute and the chicken to become more tender and juicy.
Pan-seared chicken breast can be served as a main dish alongside a variety of sides such as roasted vegetables, mashed potatoes, or a fresh salad. It can also be sliced and used in sandwiches, wraps, or salads. The simple yet flavorful preparation method of pan-searing ensures that the chicken remains juicy and full of flavor.