Learn our never-fail methods for cooking chicken breast, including roasting, grilling, poaching, stir-fying, and sautéing. Not sure how long to cook chicken breast? We've got the answer for that, too. (Hint: Though cook time may vary depending on size and method, always cook until the chicken is no longer pink.)
Many people prefer the juiciness and mild flavor of chicken breast over other parts of the chicken. But white meat is also more susceptible to drying out, so it can quickly go from tasty to tough if not cooked properly. Skinless, boneless chicken breasts are best cooked quickly at high heat, though the cook time will be a little longer for baked chicken breasts. We'll teach you how to sauté, boil, grill, stir-fry, and roast chicken breast so your meat comes out plate-scraping good every single time.
How to Sauté or Pan-Fry Chicken Breast
Learning how to cook chicken breast on the stove is as easy as two simple steps. In a large skillet heat olive oil and butter or margarine over medium heat. Add chicken and cook for 6 to 8 minutes or until chicken is tender and no longer pink, turning once.
How to Boil Chicken Breast
Place two whole chicken breasts in a large skillet and add enough water to cover. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Unsure how long to boil chicken breast? As a guideline, cover and poach for 10 to 12 minutes or until no longer pink (170 degrees F internal temperature). Then remove and cool slightly. Shred cooked chicken with two forks, or chop and use as desired.
How to Grill Chicken Breast
Place chicken on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. If you're uncertain about how long to grill chicken breast, grilling for 12 to 15 minutes is a great guideline. Make sure the chicken is no longer pink (internal temperature reaches 170 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer), and turn once halfway through grilling.
How to Stir-Fry Chicken Breast
Cut chicken into thin bite-size strips. Pour cooking oil into a wok or large skillet, and preheat over medium-high heat. (Add more oil as necessary during cooking.) Add chicken to the hot pan; stir-fry for 2 to 3 minutes or until no pink remains.
How to Roast Chicken Breast
For delicious oven-baked chicken breast, place chicken in a prepared baking pan or roasting pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 400 degrees F oven for 18 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink (170 degrees F internal temperature).