Juicy Stove Top Chicken Breasts

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or canola oil, divided
  • 4 (1 pound total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • cooking spray
  • salt and fresh ground pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided

Instructions

  1. Heat 1-1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet; use a 10-inch or 12-inch skillet.
  2. Pat dry the chicken breasts with paper towels.
  3. Drizzle just a bit of oil over each chicken breast, or spray with cooking oil, and rub it all over.
  4. In a small mixing bowl combine salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, basil, and paprika.
  5. Season both sides of each chicken breast with the prepared seasoning; rub it all around.
  6. Add 2 chicken breasts to the hot skillet.
  7. Cook chicken breasts for 5 to 7 minutes without moving them around.
  8. Flip both chicken breasts over, add 1 tablespoon of butter to the skillet; swirl butter around and continue to cook the chicken for 7 more minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165F. Cooking time will always depend on the thickness of the chicken breasts.
  9. Remove chicken breasts from skillet; set aside and keep covered.
  10. Repeat the same method with the remaining 2 chicken breasts.
  11. When finished, transfer chicken to a cutting board; let rest for 5 minutes, then slice and serve.

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