Cooking chicken breasts. There are many ways to cook chicken breasts, depending on your preference and the dish you are making.
Sautéing, grilling, baking or poaching, the choice is yours! Whatever it may be, we have cooking time and cooking temperature for you. Translation in French: blancs de poulet.
How do I cook chicken breasts?
- Preparing chicken breasts
- Cooking chicken breasts in a pan (sauteed)
- Cooking chicken breasts on a grill
- Cooking chicken breasts in an oven (baked)
- Cooking chicken breast in a pot (in water)
What to pair chicken breasts with?
You can serve chicken breasts with roasted carrots, roasted broccoli, or roasted sweet potatoes. Pair them with rice or quinoa with sautéed zucchinis, sauteed eggplants or sauteed bell peppers). Add a creamy sauce (alfredo or mushroom) or a lemon or mustard sauce.
Preparing chicken breasts
Chicken breasts are typically sold boneless and skinless, making them easy to prepare. You can find them in most supermarkets in pre-packaged portions or in bulk. When selecting chicken breast, look for cuts that are uniform in size and shape to ensure even cooking.
Preparing chicken breasts: Remove any excess fat or gristle and season with salt and pepper or your preferred seasoning blend.
Cook chicken breasts in pan
Cooking chicken breasts in a pan. Sautéing chicken breasts is the easiest way to cook them. You can cook them whole or diced. This will affect the cooking time.
1. Heat a tablespoon of oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Add the chicken breast and cook for 5-7 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
If you have cubed your chicken breasts, the cooking time will be significantly lower (around 3-4 minutes then stirring than again 3-4 minutes).
Grilled chicken breasts
Cooking chicken breasts on a grill. Grilling chicken breasts is great. It’s even greater if you marinade your meat beforehand so that it’s not too dry.
1. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
2. Grill the chicken breast for 6-8 minutes per side or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
My personal favorite is teriyaki with honey, sesame oil, mirin and soy sauce.
You can also prepare a mixture with garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and dried red chili, or prepare a barbecue marinade with garlic, brown sugar, vegetable oil, wine vinegar and paprika. Try marinating chicken breasts (diced) with honey, mustard and Worcestershire sauce (I love this combo!)
Roasted chicken breasts
Cooking chicken breasts in an oven. Easy. Add sauce or a bit of water to your baking dish so that it doesn’t dry out.
1. Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C).
2. Bake the chicken breasts for 20-25 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
Cook chicken breast in pot
Cooking chicken breast in a pot. Poaching chicken breasts enables you to cook them for later use.
1. Bring a pot of water or broth to a simmer.
2. Add the chicken breast and poach for 15-20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (74°C).
Chicken breasts come from the breast of a chicken. They are lean and low in fat, making it a healthy protein source. Chicken breasts are also a good source of vitamins and minerals, including niacin, vitamin B6, and selenium.
Use your cooked chicken breasts to prepare curried chicken, or chicken alfredo pasta or chicken and pesto linguine.