How to Cook Chicken Breasts
How to cook chicken breasts.
Chicken breasts are by far the most popular part of the chicken people request recipes for, so it is important to get the basic cooking details correct to start with.
There are a few simple factors for you to consider and keep in mind before you start a few minutes’ simple planning will save you lots and wasted effort and disappointment.
Preparation cleanliness is vital when using uncooked chicken, always take care to clean any surfaces that have been in contact with uncooked /raw meat especially chicken and always wash your hands after any contact before touching anything else.
Chicken should not be washed take the breasts out of the packaging and wipe down with kitchen roll paper then bin the packaging and kitchen roll paper straight away, bear in mind thorough cooking will kill any residual bacteria.
A few basic and easy factors that need your consideration:
Check first what the recipe requires e.g.
1 Preheated the oven temperature;
2 Check how many pounds are your chicken breasts weigh to accurately judge the cooking time required.
3 Remember that chicken should always be cooked to the internal (inside the thickest point of the chicken breast) temperature of at least 170 degrees for at least 20 seconds.
Cooking time for an average chicken breast varies from 20-45 minutes depending on the following factors:
1) The size/weight and amount of the chicken breast(s);
2) The cooking temperature;
3) Whether the breast is boneless & skinless or has bone-in with skin);
4 Since the question is how to cook chicken breasts we have based this on, an average sized bone-in breast (because with skin left on it tends to retain more flavour and is more juicy and tender) should be cooked in a preheated oven for 20 minutes at 450 degrees or for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.
5 Always try to cook any thawed chicken breasts at 375 degrees for 40/50 min. and then check by slicing through the thick piece to make sure there is no pink left the juices need to run clear to be sure when cut and fully cooked tender and succulent.
6 Remember if you are not sure it is better to over cook your chicken breasts,under cooking should be avoided at all costs and can cause salmonella food poisoning.