Cooking chicken is easy, but it can be challenging if you don’t know how to cook chicken breast. The first step is to decide on a cooking method and then follow the specific steps for that method. In this article, we’ll show you how long you should cook your chicken in each of our favorite ways: oven-baked, grilled or pan-fried.
How to cook a whole chicken
One of the most common ways to cook chicken is by roasting it in the oven. This method also works well with other types of poultry, such as turkey and duck. If you’re planning on roasting a whole chicken, there are a few things that you should do before putting it in the oven:
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit (175 degrees Celsius).
- Season both sides of your bird generously with salt and pepper before baking it for about an hour or until its internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius). * Check your meat thermometer periodically while cooking; this way you’ll get accurate results without having to cut into an uncooked piece of meat just yet!
How to brine chicken before cooking
Brine your chicken for up to 24 hours before cooking. To make a brine, mix together 1 cup of salt with 2 cups of water and bring to a boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat and let cool completely before adding chicken breasts that have been cut into even portions (about 4 ounces each). Cover and refrigerate for at least 6 hours or up to 24 hours before removing the meat from its liquid bath.*
- You can also use this time period to marinate your chicken by simply replacing half of your water with soy sauce or other flavorings like lemon juice or olive oil.*
How to cook chicken breasts
When you’re cooking chicken breasts, the time it takes depends on their size and how you want to prepare them. For example:
- If you’re cooking a whole chicken, you can cook it at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes per pound.
- If you’re cooking boneless skinless chicken breasts and want them to be juicy, medium rare or well done (the USDA recommends using a meat thermometer), then cooking time will vary depending on how thick they are and how much fat is left on them. For example:
- 5 minutes each side at 375 degrees F – if your breast is 1/2-inch thick with no visible fat;
- 12 minutes each side at 375 degrees F – if your breast is 3/4-inch thick with no visible fat;
How to cook chicken breast in an air fryer
You can cook chicken breast in an air fryer, but the cooking times will vary depending on the size of your chicken breasts. If you’re using a regular oven, preheat it to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 20 minutes or until cooked through. For best results with an air fryer, follow these steps:
- Place your chicken breasts on a wire rack positioned above a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil so that excess grease from cooking doesn’t drip onto them (or use nonstick spray).
- Put them into your preheated 400-degree Fahrenheit machine for about 8 minutes per side if they are small or 6 minutes per side if they’re large; monitor closely so that they don’t burn!
Chicken can be cooked many ways, but it is important to use safe cooking methods.
Chicken is a versatile, delicious protein that can be prepared a number of ways. However, it is important to use safe cooking methods and follow proper food safety practices when preparing chicken.
- Never eat raw or undercooked chicken. The only way to kill bacteria in raw poultry is by heating it to an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit as measured with a food thermometer.
- Do not use the same cutting board or utensils for preparing raw meat and other foods (like vegetables). Always wash your hands thoroughly before handling any type of raw meat product or its juices so as not to cross-contaminate any other food items with harmful bacteria like E Coli or Salmonella that may be present on the surface of these meats.
We hope that you have enjoyed reading this article and learned something new about cooking chicken. If you want to learn more about cooking, check out our other articles on our blog!