How to Saute Chicken

Sautéing, or pan-frying, is the technique of rapidly cooking or browning food in a small amount of fat in a skillet.
  1. Melt butter in large skillet over medium heat until foamy.

    Be sure to melt butter over medium heat so it doesn't brown or burn.
    Be sure to melt butter over medium heat so it doesn't brown or burn.


  2. Add chicken to skillet in single layer; cook 6 to 8 minutes per side or until chicken is lightly browned.

  3. Cover; reduce heat to low.

  4. Cook 10 to 20 minutes, depending on type of chicken, or until chicken is tender and no longer pink in center.

    Don't crowd the chicken in the pan.
    Don't crowd the chicken in the pan.

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