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Restaurant Style Sautéed Chicken Breasts
Juicy Tender Chicken Breasts (on the stovetop)
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
13 mins
Total Time
38 mins

Tired of dry, tough boneless chicken breasts? These Juicy, Tender Sautéed Chicken Breasts are so delicious and (like rotisserie chicken) can be used for a zillion different things as well as for an entreé!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: juicy chicken breast, juicy tender chicken breast, tender chicken breast
Servings: 4 6-ounce servings
Calories: 235 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the rub:
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons mild paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
For the chicken:
  • 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts see notes above in post
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  1. For the rub, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir well to combine. Set aside.

  2. Place chicken breasts on a plate or shallow pan. Pat dry with paper towels. Sprinkle liberally with the rub, then rub it in with your hand. Allow breasts to sit with the rub on for 15-20 minutes, at room temperature.

  3. Heat the butter and olive oil in a cast iron or heavy stainless steel pan over medium heat. Butter should sizzle a bit and be fairly hot but watch it at this point to prevent burning. Make sure the pan is large enough to accommodate all of the breasts without crowding.

  4. Add the chicken and allow to sit for 3 minutes without touching. After 3 minutes, take a peek at the underside of one of the breasts. If it’s browning too quickly lower the heat a bit. Continue cooking for a total of 5 minutes or until the underside is nicely browned.
  5. Flip breasts to the opposite side and immediately lower heat to medium-low. Cover and continue to cook for another 5-10 minutes OR until internal temperature reaches 160˚F when an instant thermometer is inserted into the center of the thickest part of the breast. (The time will vary depending on the size of each portion -see notes above in Café Tips)

  6. Once 160˚F is reached, remove the chicken to a clean plate and cover loosely with foil. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, then slice and enjoy! If serving as an entreé, pour the delicious juices from the pan over the chicken.

Nutrition Facts
Juicy Tender Chicken Breasts (on the stovetop)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 235 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 108mg36%
Sodium 1071mg47%
Potassium 651mg19%
Carbohydrates 2g1%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 36g72%
Vitamin A 80IU2%
Vitamin C 4.9mg6%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.