I am still shocked by just how crispy and flavorful this chicken was. Perfectly tender chicken that was almost falling off the bone is possible with just salt, pepper and a large skillet.
The best part of the meal was how incredibly easy this chicken was to make. I was running late getting started with dinner and realized that my original plan was going to need to be changed.
With no time to marinate, dredge in flour or even rub spices or sauces onto the meat, I remembered hearing about this cooking method ages ago. And it worked! Not only did it work, this was fantastic chicken.
My kids absolutely picked their plates clean and my middle son requested that I make this again very soon.
Simple Skillet Chicken
- 4 bone-in chicken thighs or drumsticks
- kosher salt
- freshly cracked black pepper
- Warm a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Generously sprinkle salt and pepper in the hot skillet and then place the chicken pieces in the skillet skin side down. Season the visible side of the chicken pieces with salt and pepper and then cover and let them cook without touching them for about 10 minutes. Turn the chicken over. The skin should be super crispy and deeply browned. If it is not, increase the heat and let it cook a couple more minutes before turning it.
- Turn the chicken and let the other side brown for another 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of the pieces. Mine were done at 5 minutes. Remove to a plate and loosely cover with foil until ready to serve. Enjoy!
- Side note: While incredibly easy and definitely worth the cleanup, I made a mess of my stove making this chicken. I didn't realize the chicken would basically be frying in the skillet (without any oil). My advice is to keep the skillet covered as fully as possible while turning the pieces.