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Recipes for chicken breasts

Chicken breast is our favorite cut of chicken. Boneless, plump and lean. Usually split or cut in half when purchased at the grocery. They are a many ways to cook chicken breast and many variations beyond that. High in protein, low in fat, chicken breast is nearly a perfect food. Chicken breast can be cut into any shape you want and sauteed, stir fried, grilled, baked, broiled, poached, stripped or even BBQ'd along with many other techniques, to wide in range to cover here. Chicken breast is a favorite mainly because it is easy and tasty.

Common ways to cook chicken breast

There are two techniques that come to mind when thinking of an easy chicken breast recipe, grilling and pan frying (not deep frying). Both are equally easy and with simple preparation can an extremely tasty meal.

Grilling, the oldest preparation for chicken is simple and elegant. There is something romantic about cooking over fire and coals. Maybe it is a slight celebration for our dominance over chickens. Maybe it is the primitive technique itself that makes grilling a preferred method to cook chicken breast.

Grilling chicken breast

Obtaining a grilling temperature between 230° and 250°F, is optimal. Using a charcoal chimney, start your coals. Pour lit coals over an inch or two of fresh coals and allow them to even out and become hot. Spread out charcoal into an even layer and when it has an even layer of ash approximately 1/2 the depth of a charcoal briquette you are ready to grill. Place the grill at 4 or 5 inches above coals.

Slowly cook chicken until internal temperature is approximately 170 degrees and remove from heat. Let sit a couple of minutes before serving. 

Pan frying chicken breast

Pan frying chicken breast has two variations worth mentioning; Pan frying and searing then baking.

Pan frying is easy. Heat a skillet or frying pan to medium and drizzle about a tablespoon of olive oil into the pan and allow to heat through. Place chicken breast in pan and allow to cook for 7 or 8 minutes or until brown and golden. Flip and repeat until chicken breast is cooked.

If you would like to sear and bake chicken breast heat oven proof skillet or frying pan to high and set you oven to 325 degrees F. Drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil and just as it begins to smoke place chicken breast in pan. Sear until brown and flip and repeat. Place pan with chicken breast in oven and allow to bake for 20 minutes. You can also pour 1/2 cup or so of chicken broth or wine in pan before placing in oven to de-glaze the pan as it bakes.

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Chicken breast recipes / marinades

Chicken can be flavored in many ways. Most should be applied before cooking chicken breast with the exception of sauce. We always suggest Knox's dry rub seasoning but you will find other simple preparations below.

Knox's yogurt marinade

Mix dry rub, yogurt and citrus. Pour over chicken or place in ziplock bag with chicken and let marinade for at least 2 hours.

Lemon juice

Prepare chicken breast with salt and pepper and place in a bowl. Cover with lemon juice and allow to marinade in the refrigerator for at least an hour before cooking. You can also marinade in orange juice.

 

Rosemary and oregano

Rub equal parts rosemary oregano and salt into chicken breast. Cook as instructed above.

 

Garlic and olive oil

Crush 3 cloves of garlic and mince with 1 teaspoon of salt. Drizzle chicken breast with olive oil and rub prepared garlic into chicken breast. Place in refrigerator before cooking.

 

Italian Dressing

Place chicken breast in zip lock bag with Italian dressing and allow to marinate for an hour before cooking.

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