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Juicy Stove Top Chicken Breasts



Ingredients

3 tablespoons vegetable oil or canola oil, divided
4 (1 pound total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
cooking spray
salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided


Instructions

  • Heat 1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet; use a 10-inch or 12-inch skillet.
  • Pat dry the chicken breasts with paper towels.
  • Drizzle just a bit of oil over each chicken breast, or spray with cooking oil, and rub it all over.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, and paprika.
  • Season both sides of each chicken breast with the prepared seasoning; rub it all around.
  • Add 2 chicken breasts to the hot skillet.
  • Cook chicken breasts for 5 to 7 minutes without moving them around.
  • Flip both chicken breasts over, add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet; swirl butter around and continue to cook the chicken for 7 more minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165F. Cooking time will always depend on the thickness of the chicken breasts.
  • Remove chicken breasts from skillet; set aside and keep covered.
  • Repeat the same method with the remaining 2 chicken breasts.
  • When finished, transfer chicken to a cutting board; let rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.


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