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Quick Pan Cooked Chicken Breasts

Cowboy Denny


Sometimes I just don't have the time to cook dinner but you can only eat so much pizza.  This is a pretty quick dinner to put together.


  • 4 boneless chicken breast halves with skin
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (thyme, parsley, rosemary) (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • ¼ cup apple cider vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon chicken broth (or water), if needed to thin sauce


  1. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat olive oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat until it starts to shimmer.
  3. Place chicken breasts in skillet skin side down.
  4. Sprinkle with fresh herbs.
  5. Do not disturb the breasts until the skin side sears, 5 or 6 minutes.
  6. Turn chicken.
  7. Cook until internal temperature reaches 150 degrees F, about 5 minutes.
  8. Add vinegar and butter to pan with chicken.
  9. Shake pan gently until butter melts and internal temperature of chicken reaches 160 to 165 degrees F, 2 to 3 minutes more.
  10. Add a splash of chicken broth or water if sauce needs to be thinned.


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