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How to make the best seared chicken

In this how to make the beast seared chicken recipe you will learn everything you need to know about preparing juicy and tender chicken breasts.
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 162kcal
Author Olya


  • 1 lb. chicken breasts thick (boneless and skinless)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Salt and Pepper to taste


  • Season the chicken generously with Italian seasoning, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the skillet and heat it to medium high. Add chicken to the hot pan, emphasis on hot. You should hear a sizzle when chicken touches the pan Cook until it is brown on the first side, 4-5 minutes, and then flip and cook for 4-5 minutes more on the other side.
  • Check if chicken is cooked all the way through. I do it either by cutting the thickest part of the chicken to check if it’s pink or white or use a meat thermometer (it should register at 165 degrees). If it’s not done, reduce heat, cover with lid and cook for a little bit longer. Using a lid at this point doesn’t affect the sear.
  • Chicken can be served as is or sliced in 1 inch strips


Calories: 162kcal | Protein: 24g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 133mg | Potassium: 419mg | Vitamin A: 140IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 0.6mg