Sometimes chicken breast can be boring especially when it is cooked the wrong way that is why when we have some bad ones we call them white bread because they taste like one. Chicken breast when overcooked will become dry and tough making it unpleasant to eat but there are tricks in cooking them so they won’t become rubber like in texture. When I first started cooking I hate using this chicken part and always opted for the thighs and legs but once I learned how and when to use it I started loving it. So what are the tips to make it tender and juicy?
Season it with salt and leave it for 30 minutes, salt acts as a tenderizer, kills bacteria and adds flavour to your meat. Note: do not leave it for more than 30 minutes as it will draw the moisture out of the chicken.
Before cooking make sure chicken breast is in room temperature, not fridge temperature. This will make the cooking time faster.
Cook chicken breast quickly as over cooking it will yield a rubbery texture. Now you might be thinking its unsafe to do this and I definitely agree with you but only if the thickness is wrong hence the trick here is to cut them perfectly in steak like thickness (around 1.5 cm thick), then all you need is 3-4 minutes cooking time on each side. If you are using it for curries and stews then I suggest slice them in strips with the same thickness and place them in your boiling curry sauce for 6 minutes then turn the heat off.
Make a nice sauce to complement the chicken.
Simple isn’t it? Now let’s create a simple recipe and try those tips I mentioned above.
Grilled Chicken and Peach Mango Salsa is so quick to make it will only take 10 minutes cooking time, it is so good as well the chicken breast is so juicy and matches perfectly with the sweet and sour salsa.
Grilled Chicken Breast
2 large boneless skinless chicken breasts, each divided in half and sliced into 1.5cm thickness
juice from 1 lime
4 garlic cloves, minced
freshly ground black pepper
Peach and Mango Salsa
2 pcs Philippine mangoes, cubed
2 pcs peaches, cubed
1 large tomato, sliced
1 tbsp cilantro, chopped
1/4 cup chopped roasted peanuts
juice from 1 lime
1/2 tsp chilli powder
1 tbsp fish sauce
Season chicken breast with salt then leave it at room temperature for 30 minutes.
Rub chicken with olive oil, lime juice, garlic and pepper.
Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side.
While grilling combine and toss all Peach and Mango Salsa ingredients in a bowl.
Remove chicken from grill then serve it with Peach and Mango Salsa on the side.