Cook Chicken Breast

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Cook Chicken Breast In a snap!

The breast is one of the most popular cuts from the chicken and is also the part of the chicken least understood by the home cook. It is usually overcooked and this can be due to 2 main factors. Firstly raw chicken meat poses a serious health risk due to the possible presence of salmonella. We tend to over compensate to be on the safe side. Secondly, the breast meat is very delicate and will go tough and dry very quickly.

Poultry needs to reach an internal temperature of 1650F for it to be safe for consumption. You can use a thermometer if you want or, you can follow these guidelines: I developed this cooking method for 2 reasons. There is just nothing like a perfectly cooked, succulent and tender chicken breast and secondly I need a foolproof system because I can be a bit lazy in the kitchen. You can use this method with most of my chicken breast recipes but don’t forget to try just chicken with a bit of salt and pepper so you can really savor the delicacy of the breast meat.

Ingredients

1 – sandwich press
2 – a sharp knife
2 – chicken breasts roughly the same size

Instructions

Switch on your sandwich press and allow to reach its optimum temperature. Mine has no dials, just on or of and has a green light that comes on when it has reached temperature.
Peel the skin off and trim any visible fat from the breast. Add your seasoning according to recipe.

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Place the chicken breasts in the press and close the lid. Set your timer according to the following guide: 250gm (small) 8 minutes 400gm (medium) 11 minutes 500gm (large) 14 minutes.

These times are based on my ‘Breville’ sandwich press.

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cookling-healthy-chicken-breast

As I haven’t tried this with any other brand, you may need to adjust accordingly to your model of sandwich press.

When your timer goes, remove the breasts from the press and leave to rest for 5 minutes on a plate. The surface of your chicken breast should be golden and a little crunchy.

Slice and serve.

Give it a try and come back and let me know how you got on. Feel free to leave comments or ask questions.

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