Learn how to cook chicken pieces in a pan with this pan fried chicken pieces recipe that is easy, quick, and simple. The diced chicken breasts are tender, juicy, and packed full of flavor. Serve on its own or with sides like rice, potatoes, and veggies.
How To Cook Chicken Pieces In A Pan (Diced Chicken)
Learn how to cook chicken pieces in a pan in easy, quick steps. Not only is it easy to pan fry chicken pieces, but you also get juicy, tender, and tasty diced chicken that everyone will enjoy. The outer is golden brown, the inside is moist and every bite is delicious. No dry or bland chicken here!
These pan fried diced chicken pieces are well seasoned and cooked in a pan on the stovetop. It not only looks good and appealing but is also tasty and bursting with flavor.
Cooking chicken pieces is simple and quick. Boneless chicken breast or chicken thighs are cut into cubes and then seasoned and cooked to perfection all in 15 minutes. Minus the prep time, cooking time takes less than 10 minutes! I just love easy and quick chicken dishes.
Boneless chicken pieces are great for meal prepping and perfect for use in Salads, wraps, pizzas, pasta, and sauces. They also make good snacks and appetizers for all occasions. We also like serving it over rice, and potatoes for a complete, filling, delicious meal.
This diced chicken pieces recipe uses a few ingredients that are pantry staples for its seasoning. They are ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen cupboard and if not, they are easily available in the herbs and spices section of most grocery stores.
Chicken is lean meat that is high in protein, healthy, low in carbs, and nutritious. This recipe is gluten-free.
Related: Air fryer chicken bites, Chicken cubes recipe
Seasoning Diced Chicken Pieces
You can season diced chicken with salt and pepper only however, I like to use more than that to get maximum flavor and chicken that looks as good as they taste. I use a mix of smoked paprika, dried parsley, pepper, onion, and garlic granules for this post. You can use any other dry rubs or even marinade.
Some seasoning and marinades I like to use at different times to switch up the taste each time are Chicken breast marinade, Chicken breast seasoning, Orange Juice chicken marinade, Fajita seasoning, and Italian seasoning.
The full ingredient quantities and instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.Boneless chicken Breast or Boneless chicken thighs.
Paprika – I like to use smoked Paprika for that smoky flavor however you can use regular Paprika.
Onion granules– You can substitute for onion powder.
Garlic granules – You can substitute for garlic powder.
Black pepper or Cayenne pepper.
Oil – For pan frying the chicken
Butter – This is optional
Minced garlic – Optional
Parsley– Optional – For garnishing.
How To Cook Chicken Pieces In A Pan
Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.
Cut into bite-sized cubes of 1-1.5 inches.
Add to a bowl then add the paprika, parsley, onion granules, garlic granules, and salt.
Mix till well combined.
Place a pan on the stove on medium heat.
Add oil to the pan and when heated, add in the seasoned chicken pieces.
Let it fry for 2-3 minutes then turn them to fry the other sides for another 2-3 minutes or until cooked through.
Add in the butter and minced garlic, and toss the chicken in it for a minute.
Garnish with parsley (Optional)
Take it off heat and serve juicy diced chicken.
How Long To Cook Chicken Pieces In A Pan
Cooking it in a pan is quick. The cooking time depends on the size of the chicken, and the temperature it is cooked.Typically, it takes 4- 6 minutes to cook bite-sized chicken pieces in a pan at medium heat.
They are cooked when tender and juicy, the inside is no longer pink, and the juice runs clear. You can cut into one the pieces to check this. Also, it should be cooked to an internal temperature of at least 165F. Check the internal temperature using a meat thermometer.
What To Serve With
Chicken pieces is good to have on hand, as they are versatile and can be used in many dishes.
Use in stews, stir-fries, and sauces.
They are great for meal prepping and can be used to make chicken wraps, pizzas, and sandwiches.
Serve over Rice with a side of veggies for a complete meal
Serve them as appetizers with dip like buffalo sauce, Peri Peri sauce, or garlic butter sauce.
Put them on skewers to make chicken skewers or chicken kebabs.
Serve with pasta like spicy pasta, and creamy pasta.
How To Store
It stores and reheats well which makes it perfect for making ahead. To store, allow the diced chicken pieces to cool completely, then pack it in an airtight container or Ziploc, label it, and put it in the fridge to store for up to 3 days or store in the freezer where it will keep well for up to 6 months.
They can easily be reheated in a pan on the stove, in the microwave, oven, or air fryer.
To reheat it in a pan on the stove- Add to a skillet on medium heat, sprinkle water into the pan ( about 1-2 tablespoons depending on the quantity reheated), and heat till the water dries up and the chicken is heated through.
Tips For Cooking Diced Chicken Pieces
- If cutting the chicken, cutting them into equal sizes will ensure they cook evenly.
- Use any good seasoning of your choice to season the chicken or if you have time to marinate, any good marinade will do.
- Let the pan be heated before adding the chicken. That way they fry and brown and not steam.
- Use a skillet that is large enough to fit the chicken with enough room between them to toss around. Don’t overcrowd the skillet.
- Arrange the diced chicken in a single layer in the skillet. Do not overlap and don’t overcrowd. If the pan doesn’t fit all the diced chicken, cook them in batches.
- The amount of pepper recommended can be adjusted to suit your taste.
- Add smoked paprika for a smokey flavor and an excellent color but regular paprika works.
- You can double or triple this recipe.
Here you will find answers to some frequently asked questions. If you have any other questions, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and we’ll be happy to answer them as soon as possible.
TOOLSSkillet– Use a nonstick frying pan, cast iron, or any good one. Bowl– For seasoning the chicken.Chopping board– To dice the chicken.Knife– To cut the chicken into pieces.Meat thermometer– To check for the doneness of the meat.
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