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The MOST Flavorful and Tender Stovetop Asian Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe

Hey everyone! It’s Kevin here, and today I’m bringing you a super simple recipe for an Asian grilled chicken breast that anyone can make at home!

I’ve never really liked grilled chicken breast because it usually ends up too dry and flavorless. So, I set out to make a grilled chicken recipe that even I could love! Also, because I don’t have a grill at home, I set out to find the best way to cook grilled chicken on a stovetop. This recipe will also work just as well with a grill pan or an actual grill though!

This Asian grilled chicken breast ended up so flavorful and tender that I can say for certain that it is the best grilled chicken breast I have ever eaten. The chicken breast is infused with flavor from the Asian-inspired marinade and then quickly seared and finished in the oven. We love this recipe so much that we’ve made it many times since!

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What’s in the Marinade?

To make this marinade, I drew on my Chinese roots and my love of five-spice powder in particular. Ever since I discovered the amazing flavor of five-spice powder, I’ve wanted to put it in everything I make. I’ve previously published a recipe for a Chinese roast chicken using five-spice powder, and that was one of the best roast chickens I’d ever had.

The marinade is made with a soy sauce and mirin base. Then I added some lemon juice, both for some acidity as well as to help tenderize the chicken while it was marinating, the all-important five-spice powder, and sugar. By letting the chicken breasts sit in this marinade overnight, after they are grilled, they explode with flavor in every bite, all the way to the center of the meat.

The resulting flavor from the marinade is both savory and a bit sweet, with the unmistakable taste of five-spice powder. Five-spice powder is made with star anise, cloves, Sichuan peppercorns, cinnamon, and fennel seeds, and this combination of spices creates such an incredible aroma and flavor. If you’ve never tried a dish with five-spice powder, you’re in for a treat.

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How to Make Juicy Stovetop Grilled Chicken

This technique for making perfectly juicy stovetop grilled chicken is actually super easy, and anyone will be able to follow it as long as you have an oven-safe pan!

The idea behind this method is to get a beautifully seared exterior while keeping the meat itself juicy and moist inside. As everyone knows, chicken breast is really easy to overcook and make dry, but if you follow this recipe, you should have no problems.

First, heat up an oven-safe pan (preferably cast-iron) over medium-high heat. Once the pan is hot, add oil and swirl to coat the surface before placing both chicken breasts into the pan. Sear them for 2 minutes on each side to get a nice crust formed.

After the chicken is seared, transfer the entire pan to an oven preheated to 350°F and cook for about 20 minutes, until a meat thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 150°F.

Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes, and you’re ready to eat! Serve with some leafy greens or with a side of rice.

Are you ready to make this incredibly juicy and flavorful Asian grilled chicken? Let’s get started!

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The MOST Flavorful and Tender Asian Grilled Chicken Breast

5 from 1 vote
Recipe by Kevin Lee Course: Main CourseCuisine: AsianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

2

servings
Prep time

2

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes

This Asian grilled chicken breast recipe is super easy and makes the most flavorful and tender grilled chicken breast that you will ever eat. The chicken is marinated in an Asian-inspired marinade, quickly seared, then finished in the oven for a perfectly cooked and juicy chicken breast.

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 tablespoon mirin

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • 2 teaspoons five-spice powder

  • 2 tablespoons oil

  • Equipment
  • Cast iron or stainless steel pan (oven safe)

Directions

  • Remove chicken breasts from packaging and pat dry with paper towels
  • Combine remaining ingredients in a large ziploc bag and mix well. Add the chicken breasts to the bag and move around to completely coat with marinadeasian grilled chicken marinating
  • Refrigerate in fridge for at least 2 hours (up to 24 hours)
  • When ready to eat, preheat the oven to 350°F. Then heat up a large oven-safe stainless steel or cast iron pan over medium-high heat. Add oil when hot and swirl to coat the entire bottom of the pan
  • Place chicken breasts on the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes undisturbed. Flip and cook for another 2 minutesasian grilled chicken in panasian grilled chicken in pan flipped
  • Move the pan to the oven and bake for about 20 minutes, until the thickest part of the breast reaches 150°F
  • Remove chicken breasts from the pan and let rest on a plate for 5 minutes before cutting into it. Enjoy!

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This Asian grilled chicken breast recipe is super easy and makes the most flavorful and tender grilled chicken breast that you will ever eat. The chicken is marinated in an Asian-inspired marinade, quickly seared, then finished in the oven for a perfectly cooked and juicy chicken breast.

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  1. Chicken is my favorite meat but I am always looking for new recipes to make it feel taste fresh and new. This Asian grilled chicken sounds great!

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