Perfect pan-roasted chicken breasts cooked with butter and fresh thyme. With our easy method, the chicken is golden brown on the outside and juicy in the middle. It tastes incredible!
How to pan roast chicken breasts
- Sear the chicken in an oven-safe pan on top of the stove.
- Finish it in the oven until cooked through.
We also use a similar process when making our skillet chicken breasts, but instead of letting the chicken finish in the oven, we cover them with a lid and keep them on the stove.
If we can find them, boneless skin-on chicken breasts are our go-to for this recipe. If you can’t find chicken breasts with the skin left on and the bone out, you can make this with bone-in breasts or skin-on chicken thighs. You can also use skinless breasts, although I have to admit that golden-brown skin is my favorite part.
We cook the chicken in butter for this skillet chicken recipe and add lots of fresh thyme. Here’s a quick overview of how to make the recipe.
You’ll start by generously seasoning the chicken with salt. Then, place them skin-side down into a hot pan. When the chicken is golden brown, flip it and add butter and thyme.
Now, here’s the good part! When the butter has melted, spoon it all over the chicken, and then slide the pan into the oven so the chicken can finish cooking.
While the chicken finishes cooking in the oven, open the oven door a couple of times and spoon more butter over the chicken to keep it moist.
I love serving these juicy chicken breasts over mashed potatoes and make sure to spoon some of the pan juices over the top (it’s so good). Mashed sweet potatoes or lower carb mashed cauliflower are also wonderful with this chicken recipe.
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Easy Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts
Perfect pan-roasted chicken breasts cooked with butter and thyme. The chicken is golden brown, juicy in the middle, and tastes incredible! We love using boneless skin-on chicken breasts for this recipe if we can find them. Chicken thighs would also be great. If you cannot find chicken breasts with the skin left on and the bone out, you can make this with bone-in breasts. You can also use skinless breasts, although I have to admit that golden-brown skin is my favorite part.
Makes 2 servings
You Will Need
2 boneless skin-on chicken breasts (6 to 8 ounces each)
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
1 tablespoon neutral oil, like grape seed or canola
2 tablespoons butter
Handful fresh thyme sprigs
Half of a lemon, for serving
1Heat the oven to 400° F (204° C).
2Pat the chicken breasts dry and season generously with salt and pepper.
3Heat oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat, and then carefully place chicken skin side down into the hot skillet. Cook without moving until skin is deep golden brown and crisp, about 6 minutes.
4Carefully flip the chicken, and then add the butter and thyme. When the butter has melted, spoon it over the chicken several times.
5Transfer the skillet to the oven. Cook chicken until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breasts registers 165° F, 10 to 15 minutes. Spoon the thyme butter over the chicken several times while it bakes. If you are cooking bone-in chicken breasts, expect they will take a bit longer; I’d expect somewhere between 25 and 35 minutes.
6Remove the skillet from the oven and transfer the chicken to a cutting board. Let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving. Serve with butter from the pan spooned on top and a squeeze of lemon.
Adam and Joanne’s Tips
- Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.
Nutrition Per Serving