I'd thought I share my chicken breast 'method'
- Wendy Lai
I've been making chicken breast for what seems like forever. I pan fry/grill it for topping salads or sandwiches. I think I've peferected the methods so that they are never dry! :)
First if the chicken breast is really big and fat, I slice it width wise so they can cook evenly and fast.
Heat pan to high heat, plan the chicken breast down and only turn once, maybe about 2 minutes on each side. This part is something you have to figure out according to your stove's power. The trick I use is to cook the chicken only 90% done. Put the chicken on a plate and cover tightly with a lid or plastic wrap. After you are finished with all of them the 'steaming' of the chicken should cook the chicken through without drying it out.
Flavoring of the chicken is endless. Herb and lemon, teriaki, soy ginger and sesame, balsmic and evoo, etc. etc.
An alternative to slicing is to pound the boneless breasts thinner between two sheets of waxed paper. This too allows it to cook quicker, whether broiling or grilling. If I'm grilling or broiling, I would not want to finish the chicken by steaming it. Rather, I'll take it off the heat but leave it on the warming rack of the grill to stay warm and finish cooking. If I'm pan sauteing with a sauce to finish, then finishing by steaming works.
I cook mine exactly the same way (including cooking to 90% and putting a lid on) except I pound them to a similar thickness rather than cutting them.
I turn a large plastic bag inside out, put my hand "inside", pick up a breast, pull the bag back to outside-in so the breast is inside, pound it so it's even and whatever thickness i desire, then use a fork to plop it on a plate for seasoning. When I'm done pounding all of the breasts, I just discard the bag and don't have to worry about chicken goop all over my hands.
Since chicken breasts tend to taper from a thick end to the thin end, I've started almost butterflying the top of the chicken width-wise. I then lightly pound the breast once to twice to ensure it is flat. Then put oil into a skillet and turn the heat on high until the oil sheens or has wisps of smoke. Then about 2-3 minutes per side and the breast is perfectly cooked through, still moist, and has some nice crust on it.