How to Grill Chicken on Stove-Top (Easy Grill Pan Method)

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)

How to Grill Chicken on Stove-Top (Easy Grill Pan Method)

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Layla

Ingredients

  • 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts about 4 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

Instructions

  • 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).

Notes

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

 


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    pj

    In my life i have never had chicken cook in 5 mins each side so i’m perplexed at how EVERYONE says it does? are people eating raw chicken- probably not so what am i doing wrong?

      Layla

      It depends on the size of your chicken breast. We advise that you cook your chicken breasts to an internal temperature of 165f.

    john

    thank you

    it was DELICIOUS

    john k

    Aarjit Shrestha

    Delicious recipe. Had this for lunch today. My wife loved it.

    Colleg student

    Can i use a sKillet ? And vegetable oil ?

    JoAnn Crowley

    I made this recipe , I put chicken on top of spaghetti and poured spaghetti sauce over noodles and again over CHICKEN and my family said it was like eating at a five star restaurant. They Loved It.

    Randy Francisco

    May I suggest for chicken breasts tht you do a simple half hour brine before grilling. Makes all the difference! Caps won’t turn off, sorry.

    Melissa

    ThE best ever!
    The ingredients and the Technique.
    I use my old faithful lE creuset PAN.

    Tricia Berkow

    I have a lodge grilled fry pan and i folLowed your instructions to the “T”. And my chicken still came out tough and rubberY. I didn’t feel as if it cooked long enough. I had to pOach the chicken afterward

    Harry

    I think i should try it up

    Suresh

    Can please explain about marination of chicken with seasoning

    Marian

    My chicken breast came out absolutely perfect! I followed the recipe to the letter. I used a paper towel to OILMcast iron grill THUS, I had to use very little oil which was fantastic.

    The chicken breast was cooked THOROUGHLY, it was MOIST, and it had a wonderful flavor.

    I plan to continue to use this method utilizing different seasonings and spices.

    THIS recipe is a jewel! I have been looking for the perfect recipe for HEALTHTY, delicious, easy to make CHICKEN.

    Thank you!

      Layla

      SO glad my healthy chicken recipe worked out for you!!

    Marian

    My chicken breast came out absolutely perfect! I followed the recipe to the letter. I used a paper towel to OILmy grill THUS, I had to use very little oil which was fantastic.

    The chicken breast was cooked THOROUGHLY, it was MOIST, and it had a wonderful flavor.

    I plan to continue to use this method utilizing different seasonings and spices.

    THIS recipe is a jewel! I have been looking for the perfect recipe for HEALTHTY, delicious, easy to make CHICKEN.

    Thank you!

    Isabel

    the problem I had is that after 5 or 6 minutes, the chicken got stuck on to the pan, is this because it was a new pan?

    I will try again but how can I avoid chicken getting stuck. it was delicious though.

      Layla

      I would add a little bit of oil if the chicken begins to stick to the pan.

    LISA

    Just made this and it was absOlutely delicious and perfectly cooked throuGh!
    I used an iron skillet ( no ridgeS and It worked Very well! Just to make Sure the chicken was cooked thoroghly ( did not haVe a meat thermomEter) I popped the skillet into a low heat oven for about 5 more MinUtes. I served it sliced on fresh spinach and cherry tomatoes wIth SPicy honey mustard dressing and cheese biscuits❗️

    Yasmeeen

    i absoloutly love love loveeee this it came out amazing. i tossed it into a salad and my heart and tummy were happy! i love all her recipes, very quick and simple but an amazing taste! can’t wait to try more of her recipes!

      Layla

      So glad you enjoyed it, Yasmeen!! 🙂

    Sorah

    Looks great! Anyways I can make these and freeze them?

    Julia

    I usually cook with olive oil since it’s healthy. Would that work with this recipe? If not, any suggestions?

    Linton Job

    That looks amazing. Grillpans surely come in handy for people with little time on their hands who want to make great grilled meals.

    Looking forward to more amazing recipes from you.

    Bud

    Excellent recipe – easy, healthy and tasty. Cooking times were perfect. This was so much better than another recipe I saw that included putting the grill pan in the oven for 8 minutes after browning in the grill pan. What’s the point? Seasonings/marinades are whatever, it’s up to you, whatever your taste.

    brianda

    about how many calories is per serving. thank you

    Habib Shakil

    It looks so tasty and delicious dish and same time healthy food because low calories.Thank you very mush sharing the recipe so that I can cook at my own kitchen.

    Amy

    Looks so yummy! Great idea and I wish I could pick it right out of the computer and eat it! Thanks for sharing!

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