Monday, September 7, 2015

How To Cook The Perfect Chicken

brining chicken

Here is how you cook the perfect chicken breast

  1. Rinse the chicken breasts in cold water and cut away any visible fat
  2. Fill a large bowl with enough water to just cover the chicken breasts and add ½ tbsp. of salt for each chicken breast. Let the salt dissolve before adding the chicken breasts
  3. Let the chicken breasts marinate in the salt water for 1-3 hours. This will draw water into the chicken and make it super moist when you cook it
  4. Rinse the chicken breasts thoroughly in cold water. Dry them with a paper towel and put them on a baking pan
  5. Add your favorite spices. My go to spice is Cavender's Greek Seasoning 
  6. Cook them in a 365 F (185 C) oven for about 20 min, depending on the size of the chicken breasts (the ones I cooked today were huge, so they needed 23 min.). Cut into one with a knife to see if they are done before taking them out of the oven
That’s it! By cooking the chicken breast like this, you will get perfectly moist and tender chicken.
If you are worried about adding too much salt to the chicken, don’t be. Brining (this is what putting meat in salt water is called) doesn’t actually add a lot of sodium to the chicken, as long as you only leave the chicken in the brine for a few hours and rinse it well afterwards. Also, you won’t have to salt the chicken later for flavor.
If you cook your chicken breast like this, you will never again have to chew your way through a dry and tasteless chicken breast to get all the good protein you want. Give it a try!