Pan fried Garlic Chicken recipe, is my son’s all-time favorite. He can have this for all the three meals in a day without any fuss. The recipe and the making are really simple, with very few ingredients.
The photograph of this pan-seared garlic chicken may give you some bland look, but it is bundle flavors and tastes.
My son is a huge chicken fan, If asked, he always says that he needs chicken dishes all the time, preferably the white meat. So, I always store individually frozen chicken breast meat in my refrigerator.
Whenever he needs I just pull one or two pieces, marinate it with his favorite flavors. Then followed by any cooking method like baking, pan-fried or deep-fried.
Do you want me to tell that this his one of his favorite? its mine as well.
The obvious reason for making this pan fried garlic chicken is because it is delicious, flavorful. Less obvious reason? It is so easy to make with just a couple of ingredients under 30 minutes including the marination time. I have never imagined making a full course dinner in such less time until I came across this recipe.
This simple garlic chicken saute recipe is our recent delicious discovery when we are trying to recreate pepper chicken that we have encountered in our favorite restaurant. I have a request for you, please do not judge the taste by looking at the photograph. In the picture, the chicken may look bland like a poached chicken.
But in reality, it’s the complete opposite, this pan fried garlic chicken is soft, moist, with deep intense flavors of garlic that lingers the mouth.
Pro tips for making Pan fried garlic chicken
- The chicken breast is soft and juice when it is tenderized.
- Use meat mallets of the best results. Pound it gently without breaking its shape.
- Alternatively, you may also pinch by using a fork for the even garlicky kick.
- Pat dry the chicken breast before adding to the spices for the maximum absorbent.
- Allow the chicken to marinate with the herbs and spices for at least 15 minutes.
- Add the cooking oil in stages. You can drizzle the oil whenever you are flipping the chicken. This helps the chicken to be soft and cooked thoroughly without getting crispy on the edges.
- Chicken tastes good and moist when it is served hot. So plan your cooking according to your dinner time.
How to Make Pan fried Garlic Chicken
Wash, clean chicken breast meat. Pat dry with a kitchen towel.
Pinch the meat using the mallet or fork, by making gentle punches. This helps the meat to absorb all the flavors of the herbs.
Add 3 tablespoons of chopped garlic(reserve 1 tbsp of garlic for seasoning), dried thyme, salt, and red chili flakes.
Marinate for about 15 minutes to 40 minutes.
Heat a skillet over medium flame, add cooking oil just enough to grease the pan.
Place the chicken breast marinated chicken to the pan.
Cook one side for about 7-8 minutes or until it becomes golden brown in color by drizzling the oil whenever the surface of the chicken starts looking dry.
Flip it to the other side and continue to cook until it gets cooked completely
Serve immediately with some fresh vegetables.
How to serve pan-seared garlic chicken
The recipe variations
- The same process of pan fried garlic chicken can be made in the vegetarian version by replacing chicken with Cauliflower, potato, and paneer.
- Vegans may substitute chicken with tofu.
- The olive oil brings a whole new facelift for this recipe, try making with different cooking oil and make your family believe that you are serving them a new dish every time.
- Fresh thyme is more robust and refreshing.
- Thyme can also be swapped with rosemary or oregano. When opting for rosemary, add half the quantity of thyme.
Garlic Chicken, Pan Fried Recipe
- 1 lb Chicken Breast Meat
- 4 tbsp Garlic Chopped
- 1/4 tsp Red Chili flakes or as required
- 1 tsp Thyme
- 1/4 tsp Salt or as required
- Wash, clean chicken breast meat. Using fork make small punches to the meat, this helps the meat to absorb all the flavors of the herb. Add 3 tbsp of chopped garlic(reserve 1 tbsp of garlic for seasoning), salt and chili flakes. Marinate for about 30 mins to 2 hours.
- In medium flame heat oil in the pan, add remaining reserved chopped garlic. Saute for couple of seconds. Add marinated chicken to the pan. Cook one side for about 7-8 minutes or until it becomes golden brown in color. Flip it to the other side and continue to cook until it gets cooked completely.
- Serve immediate with some fresh salad.
Serve as appetizers with some sauce or blue cheese.
Chicken tastes good and moisty if it is served hot.
The same process can be made in the vegetarian version by replacing chicken with Cauliflower, potato, and paneer.