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10 Minute Skillet Italian Chicken

$8.03 Recipe/$2.01 Serving

Skillet Italian chicken is the perfect addition to your quick and easy weeknight dinners!

This recipe is ready in just 10 minutes and is packed with flavor from simple pantry ingredients! Even your kids are going to be asking for seconds!

Cast iron skillet with Italian Chicken and a silver spatula

Why this recipe works

  • This recipe is fast, flavorful and so easy to make! It requires minimal prep work and is bursting with flavor!
  • The chicken cooks up in just 10 minutes, with no need to marinate the chicken.
  • This recipe would be great for weekend meal prep! The chicken would be great on salads, pizzas, in pasta or wraps!
  • This 10 minute skillet Italian chicken recipe is Whole30, paleo, low carb and keto friendly!
  • Pair it with mashed garlic cauliflower and veggies for a low carb meal or with artichoke pesto pasta for a filling weeknight meal!
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What is Italian Seasoning

Italian seasoning is usually a blend of these dried herbs:

  • Basil
  • Parsley
  • Oregano
  • Garlic
  • Rosemary
  • Sage

Most brands have a different combination of dried herbs. This seasoning is very easy to find in the grocery store.

Instructions

Step 1: Start by combining the Italian seasoning, lemon juice and garlic olive oil (see substations below) in a large bowl, stirring well.

Glass bowl filled with Italian seasoning marinade for Italian chicken

Step 2: Trim the chicken breast (or thighs) into 1 inch cubes, using kitchen shears.

Large bowl filled with cubed chicken.

Step 3: Add the cubes of chicken to the Italian seasoning and stir well.

Large bowl filled with cubed chicken coated in Italian seasoning.

Step 4: Preheat a cast iron skillet over medium heat. Add the Italian chicken to the skillet and let cook 4-5 minutes, don’t touch the chicken.

Cast Iron skillet filled with raw Italian Chicken before cooking.

Step 5: After 4-5 minutes, move the chicken around frequently with a spatula until all sides are browned and chicken is cooked to 165F internally.

Cast iron filled with Italian chicken after cooking.
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FAQs

Storage

  • Refrigerator: Store the cooked Italian chicken in a airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
  • Freezer: Cooked Italian chicken should be cooled all the way down in the fridge before being transferred to the freezer. Freeze in individual portions in an airtight container for up to 1 month.

Make ahead tips

If you need dinner on the table in 10 minutes, you can prep the chicken ahead of time by cubing the chicken with kitchen shears and adding the Italian marinade up to 8 hours ahead of time.

If you need to make it even more in advance, don’t add the lemon juice until right before cooking, as it can start to make the chicken tough if marinating too long in lemon juice.

White plate filled with Italian Chicken surrounded by sliced lemons

How to double or triple this recipe

However, you will likely need to cook the Italian chicken in batches, since you don’t want to overcrowd the pan. This will allow all sides to get browned without overcooking the meat.

How to make this a meal

What to serve on the side

Silver spatula picking up Italian Chicken from the skillet.

Substitutions

  • Chicken: This recipe is great using boneless, skinless chicken breast or chicken thighs.
    • TIP: If you are looking to save time with prep, use chicken tenders, as they will be faster to cut down.
  • Garlic Infused Olive Oil: if you cannot find garlic infused olive oil (I get mine at Trader Joe’s, but it can also be bought online), you can use 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1 teaspoon of garlic powder.

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Skillet filled with Italian Chicken and a silver spatula

10 Minute Skillet Italian Chicken

$8.03 Recipe/$2.01 Serving
10 Minute Skillet Italian Chicken is the perfect quick and healthy dinner idea! This easy skillet chicken dish is seasoned with italian seasoning and is perfect for adding to pasta, zoodles, sandwiches, wraps, pizzas and more! Great for quick and simple weeknight dinners or meal prep! Gluten free, low carb, paleo, Whole30 and keto friendly!
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Course: dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: italian chicken, skillet chicken, skillet italian chicken
Prep Time: 2 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 12 mins
Servings: 4 servings

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the Italian seasoning, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic powder and salt. Stir well.
  • Cut up the chicken breast into 1 inch cubes using kitchen shears. Add directly to the Italian seasoning marinade.
  • Stir the chicken well, making sure it's coated on all sides.
  • Preheat a cast iron or stainless steel skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the chicken and cook 4-5 minutes without touching the meat, allowing it to sear well.
  • For the next 4-5 minutes, stir the chicken occasionally, making sure all sides get browned.

Notes

Budget tip: To make this meal more budget friendly, use boneless, skinless chicken thighs. This recipe would be $6.03 recipe/$1.51 per serving using this swap. 
  • If you don’t have chicken breast you can also use chicken tenders, turkey breast, boneless skinless chicken thighs. 
Low FODMAP: To make low fodmap, substitute the 1 tablespoon olive oil + 1 tsp. garlic powder with 1 tbsp. garlic olive oil.
Storage: Store in the fridge for up to 3 days in an airtight container! Or in the freezer in individual portions in the freezer for up to a month in a freezer safe bag.
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Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts
Amount per Serving
Calories
174
Fat
 
7
g
Carbohydrates
 
4
g
Fiber
 
1
g
Sugar
 
1
g
Protein
 
25
g
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database.
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