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How To Cook Chicken Pieces in a Pan

Delicious, easy, perfectly cooked chicken pieces in a pan every single time!
Prep Time2 mins
Cook Time8 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to cook chicken pieces in a pan
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker
Cost: $5


  • cutting board
  • knife
  • skillet
  • Stove
  • Spatula or wooden spoon.


  • 1 lb chicken breast boneless and skinless, can use other cuts of the chicken as well.
  • 1 tbs vegetable oil
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • Cut the chicken into like size pieces. Preheat a non stick skillet (I recommend a well seasoned cast iron) over medium heat on the stovetop and add 1 Tbs vegetable oil.
  • When the pan is hot, add the chicken all at once and spread out so that it is in a single layer. Do not crowd the pan. If there is not enough room, cook half, remove it from the pan and then add the other half.
  • Season with salt and pepper. Saute till just past pink.
  • Remove from the pan and use for your dish.



  • Make sure the chicken is cut into similar size pieces so that it cooks at the same rate. 
  • Add only a small amount of oil to the pan. 
  • Add the chicken all at once so that it cooks at the same rate. 
  • Once the chicken is in the pan and spread out, leave it alone so that it can develop color on the side that is cooking. 
  • If you will be using the chicken in another recipe that involves cooking it further, consider cooking less in the frying pan. 
  • OK to substitute olive oil, peanut oil, sunflower oil or any oil that you prefer to cook with. 


Serving: 0.5lb | Calories: 317kcal | Protein: 48g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 839mg | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1mg