You end up with juicy, tender chicken breasts that are perfect to cube and mix into pasta, soups, and other recipes or just enjoy for a light, healthy lunch. Run out and buy a rotisserie chicken? This method, which is a mix of pan frying and poaching, produces chicken that is moist, tender, and super flavorful. It makes the perfect thin, tender chicken breast, but the trade-off is that you have to pound a chicken breast flat and supervise its cooking. Once you get it cooking, you can walk away and do the rest of your recipe prep. This is how to make it.
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How to Bake Chicken Breasts in the Oven and Keep Them Tender
Cooking oil or clarified butter Seasonings Vegetables optional Step 1: Tear off a sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil large enough to surround a chicken breast one and a half times. If you are adding vegetables to your foil packet, tear off a slightly larger piece. Spray the foil with cooking spray to prevent sticking, or use non-stick aluminum foil.
Salt, pepper and other seasonings of choice Sauce optional Next, preheat the oven to degrees Fahrenheit degrees Celsius. You can let the oven warm up while you continue prepping the chicken. Pound the chicken until it's the same thickness throughout. Make Sure Chicken Breasts Have the Same Thickness If your chicken breasts are different thicknesses, pound them using a meat mallet until they are roughly the same thickness. The thickness affects the cooking time of your meat, and baking chicken breasts until the thicker ones are cooked can leave the thinner breasts dried out and leathery.