How to Cook Chicken Breast That’s Perfect Every Time

The perfect breast in just 20 minutes? It’s true!

Chicken breast is a versatile lean protein and a tasty part of a healthy diet — when done properly. But, if you’re like us, you’ve learned the hard way that it’s so easy to overcook it. And nothing ruins a recipe faster than dry, stringy white meat. We discovered  how to cook chicken breast that’s juicy and perfect every time.

The secret is patience — no peeking! — and a covered saute pan that allows the chicken breast to stay moist by cooking in its own juices. Pounding the chicken to an even thickness makes sure it cooks through evenly. If you have an extra 15 minutes, try a quick brine to lock in even more flavor. Chicken breasts are great to have on hand to top salads, toss into soups, or get creative with.

Make several and store them for your favorite Ready in 5 recipes!

How to Cook Chicken Breast That’s Perfect Every Time
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    You'll need:
  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts (preferably quick-brined)
  • Saute pan with tight-fitting lid
  • Cooking spray
  • Salt and pepper
  • Ziplock bag
  • Large, glass measuring cup with handle (or large mason jar)


  1. Watch our super fast video tutorial on how to cook chicken breast

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Serving Size: ~1/2 a breast
Calories: 142
Saturated Fat: .9g
Fiber: 0g
Protein: 27g

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Check out our Spicy No-Tortilla Chicken Soup with Avocado or this Tropical Getaway Mango & Chicken Salad for delicious recipes using pre-cooked chicken breast