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How Long to Cook Diced Chicken In a Pan Recipe (Easy)

Delicious How Long to Cook Diced Chicken in a Pan Recipe (Easy) is how chicken recipes are powered by diced chicken and it’s easy to cook in a pan! You can use boneless chicken breast, uncooked chicken nuggets or any grocery store piece of chicken that can be cut into chicken cubes and seasoned! 

Chicken pieces browning in a pan.

Easy Chicken Recipe

Want to make some Garlic Butter Chicken Bites or Chicken with your favorite seasoning mix to make delicious chicken bites? Then this recipe is the answer to your healthy recipes and easy meals! 

You might have checked out our How to Cook Chicken Pieces in a Pan and still wondered, but how long? Here’s the quick answer!

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What You’ll Need 

  • Boneless skinless chicken breasts or boneless skinless chicken thighs. 
  • Your Favorite seasoning mix or a mix of italian seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. 
  • A favorite heavy duty pan and some olive oil and a medium heat source (stove top or oven)
  • A meat thermometer. 
  • Airtight container

Here’s How You Do It

  • If frozen, allow the raw meat to thaw. 
  • Cut into 1-inch cubes (bite-sized pieces)
  • Season with natural flavors.
  • Cook to golden brown and internal temperature of 165. (about 6 minutes total).
raw chicken breasts on cutting board.
Step 1. Use Boneless Skinless Breasts or Thighs.
Chicken cut into pieces.
Step 2. Cut into 1″ Cubes.
Chicken pieces in a pan.
Step 3. Cook over medium high heat.
Chicken pieces browning in a pan.
Step 4. Pieces are done when golden brown, cooked through and internal temp of 165 (about 5-6 minutes).

Tips and Tricks

  • The best way to cook chicken very well is to Be sure to lay the chicken in a single layer in the pan and allow space between the pieces. 
  • To steam the chicken meat a bit while it is cooking, splash with some chicken broth.
  • For juicy chicken cook slowly and don’t overcook, simply cook until an instant-read thermometer says 165 and then remove from the heat. 
  • For a complete meal, consider cauliflower rice, stir fry, zucchini noodles or white rice. 
  • Cut into smaller pieces for a quicker cooking chicken pieces.
  • Always wash work surfaces to avoid food poisoning. 
  • Use leftover chicken for tacos, BBQ sauce or on salads! 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can I Use an Instant Pot?

Yes! Of course, you can use the “sear” option on your instant pot to achieve the same effect as cooking in a pan!

Can I Use Boneless Chicken Thighs?

Yes, absolutely! Any chicken you can cut into pieces will work!

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Chicken pieces browning in a pan.

How Long to Cook Diced Chicken In a Pan Recipe (Easy)

Delicious How Long to Cook Diced Chicken in a Pan Recipe (Easy) is how chicken recipes are powered by diced chicken and it's easy to cook in a pan! You can use boneless chicken breast, uncooked chicken nuggets or any grocery store piece of chicken that can be cut into chicken cubes and seasoned! 
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How Long to Cook Diced Chicken in a Pan Recipe (Easy)
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 6 minutes
Total Time: 8 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 274kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs chicken boneless skinless breast or thigh
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika optional
  • 1 Tbs oil vegetable or olive oil
  • 1/4 Cup chicken stock optional

Instructions

  • Cut chicken into 1" squares on a cutting board.
  • Sprinkle lightly with salt, pepper, garlic & onion powders and paprika. Set aside.
  • In a skillet on the stovetop over medium to medium high heat, heat the oil to glistening and where a drop of water sizzles in the oil.
  • Add the chicken pieces all at once and spread out into the pan. Allow space between the chicken pieces. Do not crowd the pan. If there isn't space between the chicken pieces, remove some and allow to rest on a plate and then work in batches.
  • Cook the chicken until browned on one side slightly and then turn to brown on the other (about 2-3 minutes per side). The chicken is done when it is cooked through and no pink remains and the internal temp is 165. If you had to reserve some of the chicken, completely cook this batch before starting a new batch. If the chicken isn't cooking quickly enough, dribble some of the chicken stock (2 tsp at a time) onto the hot skillet and immediately place a lid on the skillet allowing the chicken to steam a bit to cook more quickly).

Notes

  • The best way to cook chicken very well is to Be sure to lay the chicken in a single layer in the pan and allow space between the pieces. 
  • To steam the chicken meat a bit while it is cooking, splash with some chicken broth.
  • For juicy chicken cook slowly and don’t overcook, simply cook until an instant-read thermometer says 165 and then remove from the heat. 
  • For a complete meal, consider cauliflower rice, stir fry, zucchini noodles or white rice. 
  • Cut into smaller pieces for a quicker cooking chicken pieces.
  • Always wash work surfaces to avoid food poisoning. 
  • Use leftover chicken for tacos, BBQ sauce or on salads! 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How Long to Cook Diced Chicken In a Pan Recipe (Easy)
Amount Per Serving (0.5 lb)
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Fat 20g31%
Saturated Fat 5g25%
Trans Fat 0.1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5g
Monounsaturated Fat 9g
Cholesterol 82mg27%
Sodium 389mg16%
Potassium 238mg7%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.2g1%
Sugar 0.3g0%
Protein 21g42%
Vitamin A 277IU6%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 16mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

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