How to cook chicken breasts on the stove

Updated February 21, 2017

Pan-fried or sautéed chicken breasts make a quick and filling dinner or lunch option. Cook the chicken breasts on your hob to save time and to avoid adding oven heat to your home on a hot summer day. The chicken breasts can be served along side fresh vegetables, rice or on top of a salad or a plate of pasta.

Set a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 1/2 tbsp of butter and 1 1/2 tbsp of olive or peanut oil to the hot pan.

Sprinkle each side of four boneless, skinless chicken breast halves with salt and pepper to season.

Place the chicken breasts into the skillet and cook them for 4-5 minutes on each side, or they are lightly browned and the juices run clear.

Transfer the cooked chicken breasts to a serving tray.


Top them with a homemade sauce or gravy. You can add seasonings to enhance the chicken's taste.

Things You'll Need

  • Non-stick skillet
  • 1 1/2 tbsp butter
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive or peanut oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • Salt and pepper
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