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Skillet-cooked chicken breasts in a cast iron skillet

Quick Cast Iron Chicken Breast (Oven & Stovetop Instructions)

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  • Author: Chelsea Joy
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 17 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Make this Quick Cast Iron Chicken Breast for an easy weeknight meal or as meal prep! You can add a spice rub if you'd like to change up the flavor or serve with sauce.


Ingredients

Scale
  • approx. 1 pound chicken breast
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

Instructions

STOVETOP INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board. If desired, cover with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet (or potato masher - my go-to!), pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness. Season generously on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet over medium to medium-high heat. Add to the skillet and cook for 5-6 minutes on each side. Once cooked to at least 165 degrees F, transfer to a plate and let rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.

OVEN INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Add olive oil to a cast iron skillet and place in the oven while it preheats.
  • Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board. If desired, cover with parchment paper or plastic wrap. Using a meat mallet (or potato masher - my go-to!), pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness. Season generously on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Take the skillet out of the oven and add the chicken breasts. Slide back in the oven. Bake for 12-15 minutes, flipping halfway through, until cooked to at least 165 degrees F. Transfer to a plate and let rest for at least 5 minutes before serving.