We've found that these three techniques really help keep those boneless skinless chicken breasts tasting good:
1. Low Heat Cooking - Cooking chicken breasts over low heat with a lid covering the pan helps them to retain almost all their moisture and prevents overcooking. It takes a few more minutes than normal, but it's well worth it!
2. Poaching - Poaching chicken breasts in a liquid also helps the breasts to retain moisture and it has the added benefit of giving the bland breasts some flavor. We like to add a little wine or some herbs to the poaching water. Simmering the breasts in broth or coconut milk is also delicious.
3. Dry Oven Poaching - This is a method for cooking chicken breasts in the oven using a buttered piece of parchment to seal in the juices. We find this method is the best when we're cooking multiple breasts and want to get them all done in a single batch.
Giving breasts a quick soak in a brine or marinade is another way of adding some flavor and moisture, no matter how you ultimately decide to cook them. Searing chicken breasts over high heat also gives breasts a savory depth.
What's your favorite method for cooking chicken breasts?
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