Cast-Iron Chicken Breast
This cast-iron chicken breast recipe is an easy, healthy way to cook chicken breast for dinner in less than 20 minutes.
Plus, this recipe requires only five ingredients, and it’s easy to make by anyone.
Not only the flavor it adds to meat or vegetables, but also the color and added iron that transfers from the pan is a plus.
Why Should You Cook Chicken Breast In A Cast Iron Skillet?
This Cast Iron Chicken Breast Recipe is exactly what it says on the label! Chicken breasts cooked in a cast iron skillet.
The secret to a perfect chicken breast is in the marinade and the cooking temperature.
This is one of my favorite easy chicken dinner recipes. A cast-iron skillet chicken breast recipe with delicious Mediterranean spices.
Cast-Iron Chicken Ingredients
It’s very easy to cook chicken in a cast iron skillet as soon as you follow some simple tips.
First, let’s see the ingredients you need for this cast iron recipe.
- Chicken Breast – The thicker, the longer it takes to cook through, so make sure both breasts have the same weight and thickness, so they cook evenly. I prefer boneless skinless chicken breasts, but you can also make the recipe with skin-on breasts.
- Salt and Pepper
- Dried Paprika
- Garlic Powder
- Onion Powder
- Italian Seasoning
- Olive Oil
- Fresh Rosemary or other fresh herbs.
- Butter or dairy-free butter or coconut oil for a dairy-free option
How To Make Cast Iron Chicken Breast
Preheating The Oven
The trick to making the best cast-iron meat is to pop the cooked chicken breast in the oven at the end on grill mode.
So preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) on the grill heat mode so the meat will grill but still cook in your oven.
Prepare the chicken by placing it on a paper towel and pat drying it to remove excess moisture.
Season Chicken Breasts
The first step to cooking any meat in a cast iron skillet is seasoning.
In a small bowl, whisk olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and Italian seasoning. Rub the chicken breast with the mixture on both sides.
Warming The Cast Iron
Now that the meat is ready to be cooked, pre-warm the skillet over medium-high heat for a few minutes with half a tablespoon of olive oil rubbed all around.
Cooking Chicken Breast
Next, add the marinated chicken breast to the well-seasoned cast iron skillet and bake it for about 2 minutes before turning the meat.
If you have seasoned the cast iron skillet properly, the meat should not stick at all.
Repeat this step on the other side, cooking the breast for 2 more minutes.
Reducing The Heat
Now that meat is grilled on both sides, reduce to low, medium heat, foil the skillet or add a lid and cook until the meat is no longer pink in the middle.
The best way to make the perfect chicken breast in a cast iron skillet is to use a meat thermometer. Insert in the center of one of the breasts, it should be around 165°F (74°C).
When it reaches this temperature, stop the heat and remove the pan from the burner.
Finally, remove the foil from the skillet and add a teaspoon of butter on top of each chicken breast.
Pop the cast iron pan on the top rack of the in the preheated oven and broil for 6 to 8 minutes.
Check often, as you want the breast to be grilled on top but not burn. The butter should melt and help the meat grill.
Tips To Prevent The Chicken From Sticking To The Pan
Your chicken can sometimes stick to cast-iron pans and leave many strands of meat, breaking the chicken breasts apart. To avoid that, follow my tips:
- Ensure your cast-iron skillet is seasoned to perfection. You know it’s seasoned when it has a dark, almost glossy finish while not being sticky or greasy to the touch. It shouldn’t be rusty or with dry spots as the meat would stick to dry or rusty areas.
- Temperature is essential, and adding oil and the chicken makes it drop. To avoid that, make sure the meat is at room temperature and give oil time to heat up on the pan.
- You can jiggle the chicken regularly to prevent it from sticking.
- If it starts sticking early in the cooking, refrain from lifting or moving the meat, as it would almost certainly tear a large chunk off.
Serving Chicken Breast Cast Iron Recipe
This taste like grilled chicken breast with lovely Italian seasoning, so they marry very well with some vegetable side dish like:
- Cauliflower Rice
- Ratatouille Recipe
- Zucchini Fries
- Squash Casserole
- Smoked Cauliflower
- Cauliflower Casserole
- Air Fryer Green Beans
- Smoked Mac and Cheese
- Baked Potatoes
- Greek Fries
- Oven Roasted Potatoes
- Roasted Zucchini
But also, you can use these chicken breasts in slices and serve them as a filling for sandwiches, my homemade flour tortilla recipe, or tacos.
Best Sauces With Chicken
This chicken breasts recipe is also delicious served with some dipping sauce like:
This chicken breast recipe is perfect for the meal prep of a week of healthy lunch or dinner.
In fact, you can store the cooked cast iron chicken breast in a sealed container in the fridge along with your favorite sides for up to 3 days.
Or, you can freeze the container and thaw it in the fridge the day before serving.
It makes a convenient on-the-go lunch for work, and you can easily rewarm in a microwave, on a plate, or microwave-safe container.
If you have some allergy to any of these ingredients, you can try some of the alternatives below:
- Olive Oil Swap – Any high smoke point oil works, including avocado oil or grapeseed oil.
- Dairy-Free – You can replace the butter with coconut oil, refined coconut oil won’t add any coconut flavor to the meat. Or, pick your favorite dairy-free butter.
- Spice Swaps – Feel free to swap the Italian seasoning for dried herbs you love, like oregano, thyme, and marjoram. You can also swap the paprika for smoked paprika to add a smoky flavor to your meat or use an Indian curry powder for a curry flavor like turmeric, curry powder, or garam masala.
Frequently Asked Questions
Below are the most common answers about this easy cast iron skillet recipe:
Absolutely but use a skinless, boneless chicken thigh and watch the cooking time closely as they cook faster than breasts.
It really depends on how many chicken breasts you want to cook at once.
Mine is an 8-inch skillet (20cm), and I can fit 2 chicken breasts. You can double or triple this recipe and use a large skillet with the same great results.
You don’t have to broil the chicken in the oven, but it’s highly recommended for crispy skin on your chicken breast.
If you don’t have an oven, keep cooking on the stove, but the meat will be softer and won’t be as crispy on the top.
This can happen for a few reasons.
It can be that your skillet is not properly seasoned, and you don’t have enough seasoning layers in the pan.
No, it’s not necessary. You’ll get all the taste and texture from oven baking as long as the internal temperature reaches 165-180°F (73-82°C).
Yes, this cast iron chicken breast is made with no gluten-containing ingredients.
There are a few secrets to making perfectly juicy chicken breast.
First, the marinade is essential. It moisturizes the chicken and some of the juices penetrates the meat.
Then, adding butter on the meat before broiling keeps the moisture tucked in.
One 3.5-ounce serving of chicken breast contains 1mg of iron, or 6% of the recommended daily value.
However, cooking anything in a cast-iron skillet has been found to naturally bring iron and increases blood hemoglobin (source).
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Cast Iron Chicken Breast
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