Learn how to make the best tender, juicy and delicious chicken breasts right on your stove-top in a grill pan or cast iron pan. 
How to Grill Chicken on Stove-Top (Easy Grill Pan Method) I don’t know where I’d be without grilled chicken. I grill chicken all year for meal-prep and for so many recipes too. Grilled, skinless chicken breasts make a great addition to a healthy diet because they are low in calories and high protein. Eating chicken breast, without breading or skin, helps you eat fewer calories and even burn extra calories for effective weight loss. I always make extra and save it for salads, in burritos, pasta or meal prepping!

Because we don’t always have access to the outdoor grill year round, I make the chicken on the stove-top most of the time. To make tender juicy grilled chicken you will need a heavy duty grill pan. A cast iron pan with ridges works best but if your cast iron pan doesn’t have ridges, you can still grill the chicken on it too.

For the seasoning, I usually switch it up each time I make the chicken and don’t really measure but for the sake of this recipe I’ve included my favorite herb and seasoning mix. You can also used a packet of taco seasoning or your favorite herbs and spices and make it your own.
How to Grill Chicken on Stove-Top (Easy Grill Pan Method)

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Stovetop Grilled Chicken Breasts

By: Layla
Learn how to make the best stovetop grilled chicken breasts in a pan which can be used to make wraps, salads, burritos, sandwiches and more!
Prep5 minutes
Cook15 minutes
Total20 minutes
Servings 4


  • 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts, about 6-8 oz each
  • 1 teaspoon Dried or fresh basil, cilantro or parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon brown or granulated sugar
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon or lime, optional
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  • Combine all the dry seasoning in a small bowl. Season both sides of the chicken with the dry seasoning mix.

  • Heat a heavy duty grill pan to high heat for about 2-3 minutes. Lower the heat to medium-high and add the oil to the pan and make sure the entire pan is coated with oil.

  • Add the chicken breasts to pan and cook for 5-6 minutes on the first side without moving, until the undersides develop dark grill marks. Flip the chicken breasts using a pair of tongs or a fork and cook the other side for 5-6 minutes.

  • Turn off heat and allow chicken breasts to rest in pan for at least 5 minutes before cutting. Sprinkle with lemon or lime before serving (optional).


* Optional: pound chicken breasts to even thickness using a meat tenderizer or a rolling-pin.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 295kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 48g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 4g, Trans Fat: 0.03g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 264mg, Potassium: 855mg, Fiber: 0.3g, Sugar: 1g, Vitamin A: 80IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken breasts, low-carb, protein, recipes
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  1. Fixing for Mothers Day. Being single and no children plus my mother is deceased, so I still have a Mothers day in remembrance of her.

  2. I tried this today for the first time and it was great! I’ve never grilled chicken on the stove before. My goal was restaurant style chicken that’s typically on a salad. It came out PERFECT! I used my homemade seasoning blend that has adobo, creole, garlic & onion powder, fresh ground pepper, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, dried parsley & dill. Those seasonings with the methods of this recipe made a perfect grilled chicken breast. I also butterflied my breast which meant less cooking time. They were thinner. 10/10 I’m doing this again. I made it to put on top of my grandmother salad and she’s in food heaven!

  3. I followed your grill chicken on stove top method and it turned out a success.

    I used 2 whole chicken legs and marinated it with tandoori masala.  It was so flavourful  and juicy.

    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Yum! Made this with just some leftover taco seasoning. Cut up a breast, put it in a wrap with some Mexican cheese, and black olives. Delish!

  5. Made this quickly as part of a late dinner and it was so good! I didn’t expect it to be as tasty as it was. Great simple recipe, definitely will be making this again 🙂

    1. This recipe was so helpful! Came out great – the whole family enjoyed. Will be making again

  6. This was so good! I used a tbsp of montreal chicken seasoning and a pound of chicken. It was the first time getting a perfectly juicy, grilled chicken..

  7. I’ve made this twice now and am so grateful for the recipe and excellent instructions. It went do well on our salads, but I could see this being delicious and a sandwich too. Thanks!

      1. I grilled mine using the Ikea grill pan with Malibu All Purpose Seasoning. XKNT thank you for clear instructions.

  8. I basically smoked everyone out of this house following this recipe! Could it be that I used veg oil instead of EVOO or that I used too much? Maybe something about my cast iron not being seasoned enough? Help!

    1. Maybe your pan over-heated which caused the smoke. I would just lower the heat a tad next time. Yes, seasoning the cast iron pan may also be an issue if the chicken was getting stuck to the pan.

    2. Use grapeseed oil. It has a very high smoke point.

  9. You could try slicing the chicken in smaller portions sections before seasoning and grilling
    It makes a difference