Easy Dry Italian Seasoning Chicken Recipe: Baked or Skillet

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This dry Italian seasoning chicken recipe is stress-free and hassle-free. And it uses simple ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. This makes it perfect for weeknight dinners when you’re short on time and want an easy and delicious meal.

dry italian seasoning chicken recipe

About this Italian Seasoning Chicken Recipe

There are three methods for cooking chicken breasts with Italian seasoning – in a skillet on the stove, baking in the oven, or grilling the Italian chicken. I’ve included instructions for all three methods below.

For many of my Italian recipes, I use my own homemade collection of dried Italian herbs on my chicken to achieve a specific flavor. But for this recipe, I am changing things up and using a store bought dry Italian seasoning mix.

Cooking with Dry Italian Seasoning

Many people have store-bought Italian seasoning in their cupboard, but don’t know how to use it in recipes. Well, I can’t think of a better way to use Italian seasoning mixes than with chicken!

Mixes can have quite the range of dry Italian herbs and seasonings, so always check the ingredients list to make sure you like everything included.

The standard ingredients most often found in a Italian seasoning mix include the following as shown in the image below. However the suggestion on the label for using in pizza, I strongly disagree with!

dry seasoning ingredients
  • Parsley
  • Basil
  • Oregano
  • Rosemary
  • Marjoram
  • Thyme

If you’re not a rosemary or thyme fan, then make sure to read the labels and choose a seasoning mix that doesn’t include them. But most do.

The type of seasoning I use in this recipe has the above herbs which makes this easy chicken dish taste and smell absolutely amazing. This recipe is full of flavor with every bite and will impress even your most finicky of eaters.

italian seasoned chicken

Kitchen Equipment You’ll Need

Ingredients

ingredients for chicken with dry italian seasoning

This flavorful Italian seasoning chicken recipe requires minimal ingredients. You can find specific measurements in the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Extra virgin olive oil. We use the olive oil for cooking the chicken and drizzling on top towards the end.
  • Butter. The butter is used to create a butter olive oil mixture to cook the chicken in.
  • Boneless chicken breasts. These should be skinless and bone free.
  • Italian dry seasoning. This can be from a packet or a small spice jar from the store.
  • Salt and Black Pepper (optional)
  • Sliced Tomatoes 1/4″ thick. Any tomato will do, but the meatier the better.
  • Romano Cheese. You can substitute Parmesan cheese if you want.
  • Breadcrumbs (optional). I love breadcrumbs on top, but it is not required.

Organic Italian Seasoning

This is the seasoning I used in this recipe. You can order some online at Amazon or find it in your local grocery store.

Skillet Method for Italian Seasoned Chicken

1- Preheat oven broiler and place the oven rack 6 inches from the top.

2- Slice each chicken breast in half to create 4 total. Make sure they are no more than ½ inch thick.

3- Season with salt and black pepper on both sides. This step is optional.

rub chicken with dry italian seasoning mix

4- Next, season each side of the chicken breasts with the Italian seasoning mix. Rub the dry seasoning into the chicken breasts so it is evenly covering the meat. If you plan on baking these, proceed to the next Section for Baking instructions.

5- Heat a large or medium oven proof frying pan or even a cast iron skillet with the butter and olive oil over medium heat.

cooking chicken with dry italian seasoning in pan
Notice I also cut the chicken breasts width-wise to make smaller pieces.

6- Once the butter is melted, carefully place the seasoned chicken breasts in the skillet in a single layer and cook for 3-5 minutes or until about ¾ of the breast is cooked through.

dry italian seasoning chicken in frying pan

7- The color of the chicken will turn white and have golden brown marks on it from the pan. Then flip the breasts over and cook for about another 2 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F.

8- Remove from heat but keep the chicken in the pan. If your pan is not oven proof transfer the chicken to an oven safe casserole dish for the next steps.

9- Next, top the chicken with the sliced tomatoes, cheese, and breadcrumbs. Drizzle olive oil over the breadcrumbs. However if you don’t have it – you can skip it if you have to.

10- Place in the preheated oven and broil for 30 to 45 seconds to slightly toast the breadcrumbs and soften the tomato.

Serve warm and enjoy!

Baked Italian Seasoned Chicken Method

baked dry italian seasoning chicken packet

If you’re not a fan of frying or sautéing your chicken over a stove, then you can choose to bake the chicken breasts in the oven instead. Follow these easy steps.

1- Preheat the oven to 350F.

2- Prepare the chicken as I describe above, through step 4.

rub oil in baking pan for chicken

3- Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in the baking dish and spread around.

place seasoned chicken breasts in baking pan

4- Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in a 13×9 baking dish or casserole dish, and cover with foil.

bake the chicken in oven
I used my Breville Smart Oven Pro to bake the chicken breasts.

5- Bake for 25 minutes, then remove from oven and top with a layer of sliced tomatoes, Romano cheese, and breadcrumbs. Drizzle olive oil on top of the breadcrumbs.

chicken topped with cheese and breadcrumbs

6- Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake another 10 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.

Grilled Italian Chicken Method

If you want to grill the chicken using the dry Italian seasoning mix, then you really need to start with a chicken marinade.

1- Create a marinade of 2 Tablespoons of olive oil mixed with 3 Tablespoons of the Italian seasoning.

2- Rub the chicken breasts with the marinade and place in a plastic bag. Let it marinate in the fridge for a few hours.

3- Heat the grill to high heat and add the breasts. Grill for 5 minutes and then flip and grill for another 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.

4- Top the chicken with slices of tomato, cheese, and the breadcrumbs. Close the lid and cook for about 2 minutes.

Questions You May Have

Can I use a bottle of Italian dressing instead?

This recipe uses a rub of dried herbs, not an Italian dressing. Using a dressing will have different flavors because it doesn’t include the same spices and herbs in an Italian seasoning mix.

Can this recipe be made in advance?

You can prep the chicken and seasonings for a day in advance. Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge.

Can I use my own dried Italian seasonings for this recipe?

Yes, this recipe will taste great with your own herbs.

What Goes Well with Chicken and Italian Seasoning?

This easy dry Italian seasoning chicken recipe may taste great on its own, but why not add some of the following side dishes as well?

garlic mashed potatoes

For a nicer meal, try cooking up some homemade Italian garlic mashed potatoes. It’s another one of my simple Italian recipes you’ll love!

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Add some vegetables to the table with my Italian green beans recipe.

how to make garlic bread

With a flavorful meal like this one, you can’t go wrong with some homemade Italian garlic bread. This recipe is simple because I use store bought bread – all you have to do is season it!

Storage and Reheating

If you want to store leftovers, you’ll want to know how to properly store and reheat your chicken breasts so they can be used later.

Storage

To store your seasoned chicken breasts in the fridge, simply place in an airtight container. They will last for up to 3 days. Wrap them in plastic wrap and then place in an airtight container in the freezer to store them long term. They will last up to 3 to 6 months.

Reheating the chicken breasts

To reheat your Italian seasoning chicken dish, either microwave on the Reheat setting for 3 minutes so they don’t dry out. Your microwave may be more powerful than mine, so check it as it’s reheating.

You can also reheat the breasts by placing them in a saute pan with a little water. Cover and reheat over low heat for 5 minutes or until heated through.

If your chicken is frozen, let it thaw before reheating.

Variations for this Chicken Recipe

Although this recipe tastes great as it is for easy dinners, there are plenty of variations you can use to change it up a bit. Here are some ideas.

  • Use a mix of chicken parts, not just breasts, such as chicken thighs – or use bone in chicken.
  • Incorporate with pasta. Slice the chicken breasts after cooking in the pan, omit the broiling, and add the slices to some simple pasta such as my recipe for midnight pasta where no sauce is used.
  • Use different cheeses. Top with mozzarella or provolone cheese instead of grated Romano cheese. This will make the cheese more stringy and stretchy.
  • Make a sandwich. Toast some Italian bread and make a sandwich with the chicken. This is also a great way to use any leftovers for another meal for busy weeknights.

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italian seasoning chicken recipe

Chicken with Dry Italian Seasoning Mix

For this recipe, we use Italian seasoning mix on our chicken breasts for a full and robust flavor. This recipe can be cooked in a skillet, in the oven, or on a grill.
4.50 from 2 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 188kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Boneless chicken breasts sliced in half no more than 1/2" thick.
  • 1 tsp Salt and Black Pepper optional
  • 2 Tbsp Italian dry seasoning
  • 1/2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1/2 Tbsp Butter
  • 1 Tomato cut in 1/4" slices
  • 1/4 cup Romano Cheese You can substitute Parmesan cheese if you want.
  • 1/4 cup Breadcrumbs optional

Instructions

One Pan Skillet Method

  • Preheat oven broiler and place the oven rack 6 inches from the top.
  • Slice each chicken breast in half to create 4 total breasts. Make sure they are no more than ½ inch thick. For additional serving sizes, cut in half width-wise to make smaller pieces.
    2 Boneless chicken breasts
  • Season with salt and black pepper on both sides. This step is optional.
    1 tsp Salt and Black Pepper
  • Next, season each side of the chicken breasts with the Italian seasoning mix. Rub the dry seasoning into the chicken breast so it is evenly covering the meat.
    NOTE: If you prefer to bake your chicken breasts, skip to next Section for Baking Instructions.)
    2 Tbsp Italian dry seasoning
  • Heat a large or medium oven proof frying pan or even a cast iron skillet with the butter and olive oil over medium heat.
    1/2 Tbsp Olive oil, 1/2 Tbsp Butter
  • Once the butter is melted, carefully place the chicken breasts in the skillet in a single layer and cook for 3-5 minutes or until about ¾ of the breast is cooked through.
  • The chicken color will turn white and have a golden brown marks on it from the pan. Then flip the breasts over and cook for about another 2 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Remove from heat but keep the chicken in the pan. If your pan is not oven proof, transfer the chicken to an oven safe casserole dish for the next steps.
  • Next, top the chicken with the sliced tomatoes, cheese, and breadcrumbs. Drizzle olive oil over the breadcrumbs.
    1 Tomato, 1/4 cup Romano Cheese, 1/4 cup Breadcrumbs
  • Place in the preheated oven and broil for 30 to 45 seconds to slightly toast the breadcrumbs and soften the tomato.

Baking Chicken in Oven Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F.
  • Prepare the chicken as I describe above up through step 4.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon of olive oil in the dish and spread it around.
  • Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in baking dish or casserole dish, and cover with foil.
  • Bake for 15 minutes then remove from oven and top with a layer of sliced tomatoes, Romano cheese, and breadcrumbs. Drizzle olive oil on top of the breadcrumbs.
  • Return to the oven, uncovered, and bake another 10 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165F.

Grilled Chicken Method

  • Create a marinade of 2 Tablespoons of olive oil mixed with 3 Tablespoons of the Italian seasoning.
  • Rub the chicken breasts with the marinade and place in a plastic bag. Let it marinate in the fridge for a few hours or overnight.
  • Heat the grill to high heat and add the breasts. Grill for 5 minutes and then flip and grill for another 5 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165F.
  • Top the chicken with slices of tomato, cheese, and the breadcrumbs. Close the lid and cook for about 2 minutes.

Notes

**Nutritional information are estimates based on API calculations.**
  • This recipe goes great with some simple pasta on the side, antipasto, salad or potatoes. 
  • For a healthier version, use the Baking method. 
  • Feel free to adjust quantities as you see fit. Different seasonings have different ratios of spices and herbs so yours may taste differently than mine. Adjust to suit your personal tastes. 

Nutrition

Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 755mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 129mg | Iron: 2mg
Easy Dry Italian Seasoning Chicken Recipe: Baked or Skillet

2 Comments

  1. I will be preparing this dish in a couple of days. If this young lady is any like her in-laws cooking, it’s gonna be terrific.

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