Boneless chicken breast is one of the most popular cuts of meat to prepare in the world. Not only are they quick and easy to make, they are also healthy for you. You must know how to cook them properly to avoid preparing dry, touch breasts. Read on to discover how to make boneless chicken breast that will have the whole neighborhood over for dinner.
Baking the chicken is a great way to prepare it. It is quick, doesn’t require much skill and will turn out 95% of the time if cooked properly. Before baking the chicken, make sure all pieces are of the same thickness. This will ensure even cooking through each of the pieces and that they will all be done at the same time.
Chicken, unlike other meats such as beef and pork, has little connective tissue. This means that cooking times are drastically reduced because the heat does not need to break down the tissue in order to achieve the correct tenderness. Chicken also has less fat than other meats, which means it will become dry if cooked for too long of a time. To ensure juicy meet, consider brining your meat. Brining involves soaking the thawed chicken in salt and water solution for one hour in the refrigerator. Some chicken is pre-brined; check the package before wasting time by re-brining.
Baking the chicken in parchment is the easiest and most popular method for baking chicken. It is a moist method, meaning that the chicken will be on lower heat for a longer amount of time. Follow the steps below to ensure that your chicken is baked to perfection.
Ensure that your chicken breasts are brined properly (read earlier in this article for instructions) Ensure that the chicken breasts are all of the same thickness (to ensure even cooking times) Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit Spread parchment paper or tin foil on a counter top or other workspace Spread the chicken out and top with your choice of seasonings including lemon slices, and optionally bay leaves Fold the foil or paper in such a manner so that the chicken is still arranged in one layer, crimp the edges together to ensure that no steam can escape Bake at 15-25 minutes depending on the amount of breasts that you are baking (if more than four breasts, cook at least 30 minutes)
In addition, you can easily bake frozen chicken breasts using this method. Fold them inside the foil or paper, but now you must allow space for expansion caused by the heat. Follow the directions on the packaging for more details.
An important factor to take into consideration when baking chicken is the highest temperature that the meat reaches. Chicken is known to contain salmonella, a dangerous bacteria that can cause a severe version of the flu. In order to avoid salmonella, the chicken must reach an internal temperature of at least 170 degrees. Some say 160 degrees is enough to ensure the chicken is safe to consume, but I prefer to be safe than sorry. Invest in a good meat thermometer before cooking.
Baking boneless chicken is one of the easiest ways to prepare it. Not only does it taste good, but it is very moist, especially when baked in parchment paper.