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How to Cook Chicken Breasts

Welcome to the first episode of my new How-To Series!  After years of blogging I have realized that all of these fun and yummy recipes I put out in the world are great and all, but what is the point if you don’t know the basics?  So today I am sharing my first lesson – how to cook chicken breasts both on the stove top and in the oven!

Did you learn anything?  Something that seems so simple can be easily ruined and I want you to fully enjoy everything you eat.  Knowing how to cook chicken breasts will set you up for so many recipes!  I make chicken salad on the regular and cooking up chicken is obviously step number one. Here are a few of my favorite ways to use cooked chicken:

Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

Chicken Caesar Spaghetti Squash Bake

Tarragon Peach Chicken Salad

Five Spice Chicken Salad

Citrus Chicken Salad with Vanilla Orange Vinaigrette

The stove top version is my favorite way to cook chicken if I am just having it with some veggies or on a burrito bowl and want a nice flavor and crust on it.  But for all of the recipe add ins where flavor is added to the chicken after cooking, the oven method is my go to.  I have also been recently cooking chicken in my instant pot which I will do a how-to on soon!  So tell me, what else do you want to learn how to do? The simpler the better – let’s learn the basics and make cooking second nature shall we?  Comment below what you are thinking – there are no bad suggestions!! Recipes to both ways to cook chicken are below as well.

ALSO! Here is a link to the DI ORO Silicon Baking Mat I used in the video.  Be sure to subscribe to my email list for 20% off all of their products!

 

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How to Cook Chicken – Stove Top

  • Author: Kelsey

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (or whatever is in the pack at the store!)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil

Instructions

  • Bring a large skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add oil to the pan.
  • Place chicken breasts in a large ziplock bag and use a meat tenderizer or heavy pan to pound the breasts into a uniform thickness.
  • Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of the chicken and then place into the hot skillet.
  • Cook for about 4 minutes on each side – this time was perfect for my chicken breasts but be sure to make sure there is no pink on the inside or the internal temperate reaches 165 degrees on a meat thermometer.
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How to Cook Chicken Breasts – Oven

  • Author: Kelsey

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (or whatever is in the pack at the store!)
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon avocado or olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place chicken breasts in a large ziploc bag and use a meat tenderizer or heavy pan to pound the breasts into a uniform thickness.
  • Line a baking sheet with foil, parchment paper or a silicon baking mat.
  • Place chicken on the sheet and bake for 18 minutes.

Notes

  • If using thinly sliced chicken breasts or chicken tenders the time to bake will be less!
14 replies
  1. Lisa F says:

    OMG you are so smart! Your veggie e-book is a go-to for me (“how long do I roast that again?!” = me every weekend – or grill, in the summer) and so this is EXACTLY what we all need as a refresh or a primer! THANK YOU, I SO APPRECIATE YOU!!

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  2. Charlot says:

    Chicken breasts how-to was great! You mentioned instapot but what about crock pot? No matter what I try or add or anything can I get chicken breasts to not turn out like I’m chewing my way across the Sahara desert they are soooooo dry! I’ve pretty much given up cooking them that way, but I thought I would get your thoughts on the matter!! Thank you!

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    • Kelsey says:

      I will have to test that out! Haven’t made plain chicken in it before but I would think adding some chicken stock and cooking 2 pounds on high for 4 hours or low for 6 would be good!

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  3. Molly says:

    I feel like this is something I should know already. I mean we eat chicken all the time so duh. But I’ve never seen a simple how to for cooking just basic chicken and it was so helpful! I feel dumb saying that but it was! Have some chicken in the oven now! Tomorrow I’m going to try some in a skillet. That’s always intimidated me because I’ve burned it so many times but I’m going to use your tips and give it a go! I’m trying to practice more in the kitchen and keep learning so I’m pumped for these videos! Thanks!!!!

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  4. laura says:

    Thanks so much for this series, Kelsey! One of the reasons I recently got an instant pot is that I’ve always been freaked out about handling and cooking chicken. Of course I haven’t been brave enough to try in the IP yet either. 😉 I’m so excited for more beginner tips and tricks as I work towards getting more confident in the kitchen!

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