Easy Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Thyme

Perfectly pan roasted chicken breasts with butter and thyme. The chicken is golden brown, juicy in the middle and taste incredible! Jump to the Easy Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts Recipe or read on to see our tips for making it.

Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Thyme

How to Pan Roast Chicken Breasts

Pan roasting is one of our favorite ways to cook chicken. We use the same method for cooking these lemon chicken thighs. It’s basically a two-part process. Sear the chicken in an oven-safe pan on top of the stove then slide it into the oven to finish cooking. We use a similar process for our skillet chicken breasts, but instead of letting the chicken finish in the oven, we cover them with a lid and keep them on the stove.

Sliced Pan Roasted Chicken

If we can find them, boneless skin-on chicken breasts are our go to for this recipe. Although, chicken thighs are also great. If you cannot find chicken breasts with the skin left on and the bone out, you can make this with bone-in breasts. You can also use skinless breasts, although, I have to admit, that golden-brown skin is my favorite part.

For this recipe, we cook the chicken in butter and add lots of fresh thyme — other herbs like rosemary or sage will work, too.

To make them, generously season the breasts with salt, and place them skin-side down into a hot pan.

Spooning the thyme butter over the chicken

When the chicken is golden brown, flip, and then add butter and the thyme. Now here’s the good part! When the butter has melted, spoon it all over the chicken, and then slide the pan into the oven so the chicken can finish cooking. While it roasts, open the oven door a couple times and spoon more of the butter over the chicken to keep it moist.

Perfectly cooked and golden brown chicken breasts

More chicken recipes!

Recipe updated, originally posted December 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Pan Roasted Chicken Breasts with Thyme

  • PREP
  • COOK
  • TOTAL

Perfectly pan roasted chicken breasts with butter and thyme. The chicken is golden brown, juicy in the middle and taste incredible! If we can find them, boneless skin-on chicken breasts are our go to for this recipe. Although, chicken thighs would also be great. If you cannot find chicken breasts with the skin left on and the bone out, you can make this with bone-in breasts. You can also use skinless breasts, although, I have to admit the golden-brown skin is my favorite part.

Makes 2 servings

You Will Need

2 boneless skin-on chicken breasts (6 to 8 ounces each)

Salt and fresh ground black pepper

1 tablespoon neutral oil, like grape seed or canola

2 tablespoons butter

Handful fresh thyme sprigs

Half of a lemon, for serving

Directions

    Heat the oven to 400 degrees F.

    Pat the chicken breasts dry and season generously with salt and pepper. Heat oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat.

    Carefully place chicken breasts into hot skillet skin side down. Cook without moving until skin is deep golden brown and crisp, about 6 minutes. Carefully flip the chicken then add the butter and thyme. When the butter has melted, spoon it over the chicken several times.

    Transfer skillet to the oven. Cook chicken until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken breasts registers 165 degrees F, 10 to 15 minutes. Spoon the thyme butter over the chicken a couple times while it bakes. (If you are cooking bone-in chicken breasts, expect that they will take a bit longer, I’d expect somewhere between 25 and 35 minutes.)

    Remove skillet from oven and transfer chicken to a cutting board. Let it rest about 5 minutes before serving. Serve with butter from the pan spooned on top as well as a squeeze of lemon.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 397 / Protein 43 g / Carbohydrate 0 g / Dietary Fiber 0 g / Total Sugars 0 g / Total Fat 24 g / Saturated Fat 8 g / Cholesterol 137 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Subscribe to our newsletter with easy, delicious, and fresh recipes and receive our eCookbook with 16 of our most loved recipes for free! Click Go to signup for free!

51 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Emily May 18, 2021, 3:03 pm

    The first roast chicken I’ve really enjoyed, delicious. Thank you 🙂

    Reply
  • Leah Soper May 11, 2021, 6:10 pm

    Excellent! This recipe had my picky teenage granddaughter taste some and made her plate and immediately then asked for another piece. This a victory, well seasoned and juicy. THANK YOU

    Reply
  • Elizabeth Matthews October 10, 2020, 10:29 am

    Need delicious easy recipes ?

    Reply

Leave a Comment/Review

All comments are moderated before appearing on the site. Thank you so much for waiting. First time commenting? Please review our Comment Guidelines. You must be at least 16 years old to post a comment. All comments are governed by our Privacy Policy & Terms.

* Required fields (Email address will not be published)

Did you make it? How was it?:

 

Previous Post: Next Post: