This Juicy Chicken 101 recipe is a viral sensation for chicken breasts that are juicy and flavorful every time.
If you've been scrolling on food TikTok, like me, then I’m sure your feed may have been inundated by videos of Juicy Chicken 101.
This sumptuous recipe was created by TikTok lifestyle creator Samantha Purnell, and it has garnered 14.8 million views! Once you’ve tasted it, you’ll understand why.
I love this recipe because it takes a simple ingredient like chicken breast and elevates it using simple seasoning and a clever cooking technique. Boneless chicken breasts are seasoned with everyday spices and cooked until tender; it's just that simple.
The technique used to cook the chicken uses the properties of a reverse sear technique that you would use for steak and swops it around to suit the chicken.
In the reverse sear method, the cooking is started in the oven and ends by searing in a frying pan. In this recipe, the chicken starts in the pan and is finished in the oven to get that perfect juicy tenderness.
The Best Juicy Chicken 101 Recipe
If you’ve seen the videos, I’m sure I won't have to spend too long convincing you that this dish is worth your time. Here are a few reasons you NEED to make this TikTok recipe dupe.
Cheap: If you have a well-stocked spice cupboard, this recipe only involves buying chicken breast. This is a wonderful recipe when you want a lot of flavor on a budget.
Quick: With prep and cook time included, this dish takes just 20 minutes!
Versatile: This dish is excellent for a cheap, fast weeknight meal or meal prepping. It's a great protein to have ready in your fridge to use for many different dishes.
Healthy: The only oil used in this recipe is avocado oil, which is a healthy oil option. Pair that with the lean chicken breasts, and you have a very healthy dish.
One pan meal: If you use a cast iron skillet or another oven-safe pan, you can cook in just one pan, which saves on dishes later.
Cast iron pan or a heavy bottom pan
- Boneless chicken breasts
- Smoked paprika
- Onion granules
- Garlic granules
- Italian seasoning
- Salt and pepper
- Avocado oil: substitute with other flavorless oil of choice.
How to Make Juicy Chicken 101
Preheat the oven to 400F /200C.
Pat chicken breast dry and remove any unwanted fat. You can also pound the chicken breast at the thickest part with a meat mallet so that they are all similar sizes.
To a small bowl combine smoked paprika, cumin, Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper.
Season the chicken breasts on both sides with the chicken seasoning.
Plcae a cast iron skillet on medium high heat, add avocado oil and heat until hot.
Add chicken breast to the hot pan and cook for 3 minutes (without moving it in the pan) flip the chicken and cook for an additional 3 minutes.
Immediately transfer the chicken to a preheated oven and continue to cook for 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165F /74C on an instant meat thermometer.
Remove the chicken from the cast iron to a plate and let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving or slicing it. Serve as enjoy
What to Serve with juicy chicken 101
As I mentioned above, this chicken recipe is so versatile it can be served in multiple ways.
I enjoy slicing up the chicken and using it as an ingredient in a salad, but it's also great on its own with some crispy potatoes and roasted broccoli.
To store: Allow the chicken to come to room temperature before placing it in an airtight container in the fridge. It will be good for up to three days.
To reheat: I like reheating my chicken in my air fryer if possible because it's so quick and easy. But you can pop it in the microwave for a few minutes if you don't have one.
To freeze: I prefer to freeze the chicken breasts whole. They are so versatile that I like always to have some in my freezer to use for salads, sandwiches, and pasta. Place the cool chicken breasts in a labeled Ziploc bag and store them in the freezer for up to 6 months.
Can I make this in the air fryer
Yes, you can follow this air fryer blackened chicken breast recipe for how to do it. You will be guaranteed moist and tender chicken that is perfectly seasoned and full of flavor.
What is the key to juicy chicken
There are a few ways to make sure you get juicy every time. The first way is using brine or marinades, which work to tenderize the chicken breast.
The second way is through correct cooking. Getting your timing right when cooking chicken is vital because it overcooks so quickly. This method is good for controlling your cooking times so your chicken always comes out juicy.
Also, it might be worth investing in a good instant read meat thermometer for accuracy when cooking meat generally.
Is juicy chicken 101 spicy
Juicy Chicken 101 has a very mild spice to it because of the paprika used in the spice mix. The spice level will vary depending on how well you season the chicken breasts. If you prefer things a little spicier, simply add some dried chili flakes or cayenne pepper. Alternatively use hot paprika, its a combination of paprika and cayenne pepper and its available in most groceries stores.
Is juicy chicken 101 healthy
Yes! This recipe is very healthy. Chicken breasts are a lean protein, which is very healthy, and all that's used to fry it is a little avocado oil.
More recipes to try
If you want some more recipes for delicious chicken breasts, try out some of our other tasty recipes:
Air fryer chicken strips (no breading)
Juicy Chicken 101 (Viral TikTok Chicken Recipe)
- cast iron skillet
- 3 boneless chicken breasts about 1.2lb
- 2 Tablespoons avocado oil
- ½ Tablespoon smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1 teaspoon garlic granules
- 1 teaspoon onion granules
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400F /200C
- Pat chicken breast dry and remove any unwanted fat. You can also pound the chicken breast at the thickest part with a meat mallet so that they are all similar sizes.
- To a small bowl combine smoked paprika, cumin, Italian seasoning, salt and black pepper.
- Season the chicken breasts on both sides with the chicken seasoning.
- Place a cast iron skillet on medium high heat, add avocado oil and heat until hot.
- Add chicken breast to the hot pan and cook for 3 minutes (without moving it in the pan) flip the chicken and cook for an additional 3 minutes. The chicken should be nicely seared and golden on this outside at this point.
- Immediately transfer the chicken to a preheated oven and continue to cook for 10-12 minutes or until the internal temperature reads 165F /74C on an instant meat thermometer.
- Remove the chicken from the cast iron to a plate and let it rest for about 5 minutes before serving or slicing it. Serve as enjo
And there you have it, a simple and delicious juicy chicken breast recipe you can make at home in 5 minutes. As always, if you made this recipe, I would love to hear from you! Kindly rate the recipe 5 star and leave me feedback in the comment section below. Tag me @cheapchickenrecipes on Instagram and save it away to your Pinterest or make it on Tiktok. Please subscribe to the blog if you haven’t for free new recipes in your inbox every week.