Great meals start with SmartyPans. One of the easiest and most nutritious cooking ideas is juicy, tender pan-seared chicken made on your stovetop right in the skillet.

Chicken is a Crowd Pleaser

Low in fat and high in protein, chicken is readily available and ranks high as one of everybody’s favorites. In a hurry? It’s a great way to cook boneless and skinless chicken breasts when time is short. Preparation time is minimal and cooking time is only 13 minutes. SmartyPans will help with the timing and ensure the chicken is done just right.  

Quality Counts

Shop for the best quality farm fresh boneless, skinless chicken breasts you can find. Look for organic and free range, smaller ones are preferable. Your butcher or grocer should have them unfrozen and their appearance should be a tender pale pink with very little fat. Cook the meat on the day of purchase, if possible.  

Create a Flourless Rub

If you have a bit of extra time, create a rub from scratch to coat the chicken beforehand. Some cooks recommend allowing it to sit on the chicken for about 15 minutes before cooking, letting the salt in your rub tenderize the meat. As an alternative to dredging with flour or getting a store bought chicken rub in a jar, make this one:

  • 1 tablespoon fine ground salt
  • Pinch or two of garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon mild paprika
  • 2 teaspoons dry Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

For preparing two chicken breasts in your SmartyPans, you’ll have enough of this rub mixture left over to store and use as an all-purpose seasoning on pork, shrimp, salmon and vegetable dishes.

Heat two tablespoons of good olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once the SmartyPans surface and the oil have reached just the right temperature, it will indicate when to add the chicken breasts. Each side will take 6-7 minutes in the pan until golden brown, turning once.

Recipes on SmartyPans App

Find your favorite recipe for delicious pan-seared chicken breasts on the SmartyPans app or share one of your own with the community. This dish is a guaranteed winner.