Pan-fried chicken breasts are fast, easy, and tender. This Best Skillet Chicken Breast Recipe makes the juiciest chicken, with oil and salt.

4 golden cooked chicken breasts

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Friends, one of my favorite chicken breast recipes, and the best way to make juicy chicken, is on the stove cooking right now, Best Skillet Chicken Breast Recipe.

Double the recipe and make extra for the week ahead! We love to make ahead for salads!

Best Skillet Chicken Breast Recipe

There are so many recipes you can make with cooked chicken, like Chicken Rice Taco Bowls Recipe and Chicken Caesar Salad in a Jar Board.

4 cooked skillet chicken breasts

Are you hesitant to cook chicken breast because it constantly comes out dry and overcooked? Well I have the solution—salt! Salting your chicken is no new secret, but its a game changer if you don’t know about it.

3 easy ingredients for skillet chicken breasts

  • Boneless chicken breasts
  • Salt
  • Oil

4 raw chicken breasts with salt

How to prepare chicken breasts

This method is easy!

Simply salt your chicken a few hours in advance to ensure that your chicken stays juicy and flavorful.

In this recipe, the secret is to butterfly and salt your chicken, and let sit for up to 2 days.

how to filet a chicken breast

Skillet Chicken Breasts

Preparing your chicken on a Sunday means that you’ll have delicious, juicy chicken for the next few days to serve with rice, on salads, or with pasta. Or one of our favorite dinners is my chicken taco bowls board.

This Best Skillet Chicken Breast Recipe is hands down the ABSOLUTE BEST chicken breast recipe! Follow the easy steps! Or, if you’re in to air frying, try my friend Gina’s Air Fryer Chicken Breast recipe!

wrapping chicken in plastic wrap to prepare for cooking

How long do you pan fry chicken?

  1. Sear the chicken. Then cook until the bottom half of the breast is cooked about 3/4 of the way—5-6 minutes.
  2. Flip the breast and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees.

4 chicken breasts cooked and served on a plate

Give thanks

Friends, if you follow my Instagram or stories @ReluctantEntertainer , you’ll see most nights I end my story with a night view—possible the sunset, or a walk, or a sweet time at the end of the day. I always use the hashtag #givethanks

As we enter into a season of thankfulness right now, with fall here, I think about how we can infuse our celebrations with gratefulness.

trees with sunlight at Sunriver Resort

Even in turbulent times, life still goes on—we still have reason to celebrate. We can be real with our struggles, by having honest discussions. Coming together around the table to share a meal is a great place to start.

Food is the conduit to many great discussions, at least in our home. We can bridge another’s pain and loss by listening, sharing our faith, and being transparent ourselves.

Let’s face it, many are struggling these days. Let’s turn our attitudes and disappointments around with a good-old fashioned dose of thanksgiving!

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Best Skillet Chicken Breast

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
rest in fridge: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 28 minutes
Yield: 4
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  • 2 large boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 tsp kosher salt
  • Olive oil


  • Wash and pat dry the chicken breasts. On a plastic cutting board, using a sharp knife, cut the breasts in half to make 4 thin cuts. Using clean hands, sprinkle about 1 tsp of kosher salt onto each side of the breast. If you’re using a denser salt like sea salt or Morton's, halve the amount.
  • Tightly wrap the chicken in plastic wrap and move to the refrigerator until you’re ready to cook—a few hours, or up to 2 days.
  • To cook, heat about 1 Tbsp of olive oil per breast over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, gently place the breast into the skillet and sear until browned. Reduce the heat to medium, and continue cooking until the bottom half of the breast is cooked about 3/4 of the way—5-6 minutes. Flip the breast and continue cooking for another 3-4 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees F. Remove chicken from heat and allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
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4 cooked chicken breasts