The Kitchn posted a great article on cooking chicken breasts. It’s easy and it totally works. I will be cooking chicken breasts like this for now on.
1 to 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup flour (I used whole wheat flour)
1 teaspoon freshly chopped herbs (optional)
1/2 tablespoon butter (I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter)
10-inch sauté pan with lid
Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness with the handle or flat of a knife.
Lightly salt and pepper the chicken breasts.
Mix about a half teaspoon of salt in with the flour along with a little pepper. Chop the herbs finely, if using, and mix in as well.
Quickly dredge the chicken breasts in the flour, so that they are just lightly dusted with flour.
Heat the sauté pan over medium-high heat. When it is quite hot, add the olive oil and butter. Let them melt, and swirl the pan.
Turn the heat to medium. Add the chicken breasts. Cook for just about 1 minute to help them get a little golden on one side (you are not actually searing or browning them). Then flip each chicken breast over.
Turn the heat to low. Put the lid on the pan. Set a timer for 10 minutes, and walk away. Do not lift the lid; do not peek.
After 10 minutes have elapsed, turn off the heat. Reset the timer for 10 minutes and leave the chicken breasts in the pan. Again, do not lift the lid; do not peek.
After the 10 minutes are up, take the lid off, and tada! Soft, tender, juicy chicken breasts that aren’t dried out in the least. Double check them to make sure there is no pink in the middle. Slice and eat.