If “superfoods” really exist, chicken breast has to be number one on the list. If you remove the skin and trim away any visible fat, chicken breast is 98% lean. It’s basically the ultimate low-fat, no-carb protein source. This is why knowing how to cook the perfect chicken breast is so useful.
It also doesn’t hurt that chicken breast is the least expensive animal protein in most grocery stores. Just be aware that the really cheap chicken breasts are from caged chickens, so spend a little more and get good organic free-range chicken if you can.
Christel and I eat A LOT of chicken breast. To be able to eat chicken this often, we have come up with a lot of different tasty chicken recipes. I have already shared a few chicken recipes on the blog, but today I wanted to show you how to cook chicken breast perfectly in the oven.
We usually cook 4-5 breasts at a time and store them in zip-lock bags in the fridge until we need them. They will keep fresh for about three days.
This Is How To Cook The Perfect Chicken Breast
- Clean the chicken breast and cut away any visible fat
- 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
- Let the chicken breasts marinate in the salt water for 1-3 hours in the fridge. This will draw water into the chicken and make it super moist when you cook it (this process is called “brining”)
- Rinse the chicken breasts thoroughly in cold water. Dry them with a paper towel and put them on a baking pan
- Add your favorite spices. We usually use pepper, curry powder, paprika and garlic powder
- 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! This is how to cook the perfect chicken breast. By cooking the chicken breast like this, you will get perfectly tender and moist chicken breast every time!
Now, let me tell you a little more about brining and share a few delicious chicken breast recipes.
The benefits of brining
If you are worried about adding too much salt to the chicken, don’t be. Brining 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.
You can use the brined chicken breasts as the base for a lot of fantastic chicken recipes. Here are some of our favorites:
- Healthy Stuffed Chicken Breast
- Creamy Chicken Skillet
- Mustard Baked Chicken Tenders
- Chicken Breast Wrapped in Prosciutto & Cream Cheese
The possibility for healthy and yummy chicken recipes are endless, so there is absolutely no reason to settle for dry chicken!