How to Grill Chicken on the Stove Top

If the weather isn't cooperating, you can still grill a tasty chicken entree on your kitchen's stove top. You'll need a grill pan, which is a shallow stove top pan that has ridges to recreate the surface of a hot grill. You can find grill pans made from nonstick cookware or cast iron. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts cook up especially quickly and easily in a stove top grill pan.

Grilled chicken breast on a bed of lettuce with lemon garnish. Credit: Rasulovs/iStock/Getty Images

Step 1

Place the grill pan on the stove and turn the heat to medium-high.

Step 2

Brush the grill pan with olive oil using a pastry brush.

Step 3

Sprinkle boneless, skinless chicken breasts with salt and pepper and place the chicken in the pan.

Step 4

Cook the chicken breasts without moving them or about five minutes, until the undersides develop golden brown grill marks. Flip the chicken breasts using a pair of tongs and cook on the second sides for another five minutes.

Step 5

Use an internal meat thermometer to check the chicken for doneness. Remove the chicken from the grill pan when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 6

Place the cooked chicken on a clean plate and serve with your favorite sauce or salsa. Or slice the chicken and serve over your favorite salad.

Things You'll Need

  • Olive oil

  • Pastry brush

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Tongs

  • Internal meat thermometer

  • Plate

  • Sauce, salsa or salad for serving (optional)


For added flavor, marinate the chicken before cooking by placing it in a plastic zip-top bag along with your favorite marinade in the refrigerator overnight.

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