How Long to Cook Chicken Breast in Pan


There are a lot of ways to cook chicken breast in the oven, but none of them take long. For instance, you can bake it at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 to 25 minutes per pound or roast it with some lemon wedges and herbs until the juices run clear. How about grilling? If you prefer that method, expose your chicken breasts directly to the heat source over medium-low heat for 6 to 8 minutes per side until they’re firm and opaque all the way through.

How to Make a Chicken Breast in the Oven

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the chicken breast in a baking dish, and cook for 15 minutes.
  • Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before serving.

Pan-Fried Chicken Breasts


To pan-fry chicken, start by heating a non-stick pan over medium heat.

Add the chicken breasts and cook for about 4 minutes on each side (or until cooked through). To check for doneness, pierce the thickest part of one of your pieces with an instant-read thermometer; it should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). If you don’t have a meat thermometer, cut into one piece and make sure that its center is white throughout without any raw pink areas left behind.

When your chicken is done cooking, remove it from the pan and let rest before serving or slicing into smaller pieces if desired

Roasted Chicken Breasts

Roasting chicken breast is a great way to cook it, as it gives you a crispy skin and tender meat. Here’s how you can roast your own:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Place the chicken breasts in an ovenproof pan or dish that has been lightly greased with oil or sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, then place it into the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until they reach 165 degrees internal temperature on a meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of each breast (without touching bone). If you don’t have a meat thermometer yet, just cut open one of your cooked pieces to check if there’s no pink left inside–if so then congratulations! Your chicken is done!

Baked Chicken Breast with Garlic and Herbs

To make baked chicken breast with garlic and herbs:

  • Slice the chicken breast in half, lengthwise. Use a sharp knife to remove any visible fat from the surface of your chicken breasts, then rub each piece with olive oil and minced garlic (about 1 teaspoon per side).
  • Bake at 350 degrees F until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F, about 20 minutes for thin cuts or 25 minutes for thicker ones (use an instant-read thermometer).

It depends on the method, but you can cook chicken breast in a pan for just 10 minutes.

If you’re using the method of pan-frying, then it’s important to note that cooking time depends on the thickness of your chicken breasts. A thin piece of meat will take less time than a thick one because there’s more surface area for heat to penetrate into the center.

If you want your chicken breast cooked through but still tender and juicy, aim for about 10 minutes total cooking time per side (so 20 minutes total). This will result in medium doneness–perfect if you like having some pink inside but definitely not raw or bloody!


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