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Chicken Steaks Recipe

These chicken steaks are a versatile and delicious option for anyone looking to get dinner on the table super-fast. These fast-cooking chicken breast fillets pack all the flavor of juicy chicken breast, but cut down the cooking time, making them perfect for nights when you need dinner in a hurry.

Pan seared chicken steaks on a grey plate with salad.

Why you’ll love this recipe

  • Chicken breast steaks are easy to prepare, as they require only a few simple ingredients and minimal preparation time, making them a convenient option for a busy week night.
  • Chicken breast steaks are very quick to cook, (much quicker than a whole chicken breast), meaning dinner can be ready in just a few minutes. And because they cook quickly, there is less risk of the chicken drying out during cooking.
  • This recipe can be seasoned in a variety of ways, making it a versatile dish that can be customized to suit any taste preference.

What do you need?

The ingredients for this chicken steaks recipe.

Chicken breasts

Opt for boneless and skinless chicken breasts. They provide a lean source of protein and are easy to cook. If you cannot find chicken breasts, you can use boneless and skinless chicken thighs as a substitution.


A blend of garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper will help bring out the flavors of the chicken. You can also try seasoning mixes like Italian seasoning or Cajun seasoning to change the taste.

For a simple homemade seasoning mix, try:

  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon paprika


Use a quality cooking oil with a high smoke-point and a neutral flavor, like olive oil, vegetable oil, or avocado oil.

Preparing the chicken steaks

To create the chicken breast steaks, take a sharp knife and gently slice the chicken breast horizontally through the middle. To avoid any danger of cutting your fingers, place the hand flat on top of the chicken breast while you slice, and cut slowly and carefully.

This will give you two thinner pieces with an even thickness, perfect for quick and even cooking.

A chicken breast cut into two steaks.

How to cook chicken steaks

This recipe is very easy to prepare, and you can cook this recipe in a skillet, grill pan, or frying pan:

  1. First, pat the chicken breast steaks dry with a paper towel, removing any excess moisture. This step is important, as it will help you achieve a nice, golden sear. Add the chicken steaks to a bowl, drizzle with oil and seasoning, then toss to coat. You can also opt to marinate your chicken in a mixture of your choice for a few hours before grilling, if desired.
  2. Place a large skillet or grill pan over a medium-high heat and add a drizzle of oil. Allow the oil to heat up for about 1-2 minutes, or until it starts to shimmer. You can test if the oil is hot enough by adding a drop of water; if it sizzles immediately, you’re good to go.
  3. Carefully place the chicken breast steaks in the heated pan. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan, as it may decrease the heat and affect the searing process. If your pan isn’t big enough to cook all the steaks at once, it’s better to cook them in batches.
  4. Leave the chicken breast steaks undisturbed for about 3-5 minutes, or until the bottom side develops a beautiful golden-brown crust. Then, flip the steaks using a pair of tongs or a spatula, and sear the other side for an additional 3-5 minutes. Keep an eye on the heat, and adjust it as needed to ensure the chicken cooks at a steady pace without burning.
Uncooked chicken steak in grill pan.
Place chicken steaks in skillet or grill pan.
Fried chicken steak with grill marks in grill pan.
Fry chicken steaks for 3-5 minutes each side until cooked through.
  1. Once both sides of your chicken breast steaks are nicely seared, use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the steak. The internal temperature should read 165°F / 74°C for fully-cooked chicken. If your steaks aren’t quite there yet, lower the heat and continue cooking, turning occasionally until the desired temperature is reached.
  2. Once your chicken breast steaks are cooked through, remove them from the pan, cover with foil, and let them rest for a few minutes. This allows the juices to reabsorb into the meat, keeping it tender and juicy.

Use an instant read thermometer to measure the temperature in the center of the thickest part of the meat for an accurate temperature reading.

Sliced chicken steaks in a salad bowl.

Serving ideas

One classic combination is pairing chicken breast steaks with roasted or mashed potatoes. You can also serve your chicken alongside rice or pasta to make a complete meal. Grilled vegetables, such as zucchini, bell peppers, or asparagus, make a great addition to your meal too.

Adding a sauce or condiment can greatly enhance your chicken breast steaks’ flavor. Some tasty options include BBQ sauce, honey mustard, or even a homemade garlic and herb sauce. If you want a creamy accompaniment, a dollop of sour cream or Greek yogurt can add a velvety touch to your dish.

Now, all that’s left is to serve your perfectly grilled chicken breast steaks with your favorite side dishes and enjoy! You can also use grilled chicken breast steaks in salads, sandwiches, or wraps for an extra delicious summertime meal. Bon appétit!

Pan seared chicken steaks on a grey plate with salad.

Pan Seared Chicken Steaks

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Try this recipe for grilled chicken steaks for a super quick and convenient dinner.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time8 minutes
Total Time13 minutes


  • 1 large chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 teaspoon chicken seasoning [Note 1]
  • 2 teaspoons light olive oil


  • Pat chicken breast dry, then carefully slice it through the center horizontally, into chicken steaks of equal thickness.
  • Place chicken steaks in a bowl, drizzle with oil, add the seasoning, then toss to coat.
  • Heat a drizzle of oil in a skillet or grill pan over a medium-high heat.
  • When the oil is hot, place the chicken steaks into the pan, ensure they are not touching.
  • Fry chicken steaks for 3-5 minutes on each side until they have reached at least 165°F/ 74°C in the center of the thickest part [Note 2]. 
  • When the chicken is cooked through, remove it from the pan, cover with foil and rest for 5 minutes.


  1. For a simple homemade mix try: ½ teaspoon smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, and ¼ teaspoon salt.
  2. Check temperature with an instant-read thermometer. The cooking time will depend on how thick the chicken breast is, and will also vary depending on the type of air fryer you have.


Serving: 1  Calories: 458kcal  Carbohydrates: 1g  Protein: 70g  Fat: 17g  Saturated Fat: 4g  Polyunsaturated Fat: 12g  Cholesterol: 193mg  Sodium: 168mg

Nutrition information is an estimate and provided for informational purposes only.

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