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I was racking my brain trying to come up with a topic for today’s Inspiration on Monday, and finally last Friday’s post about Chicken Piccata helped spark an idea. Though I’m not sure you’ll find much inspiration in this actual post–rather I’m seeking inspiration from you! Help a girl out, ok?
You see, I’m not sure I ever learned how to properly cook chicken breasts. If I need cooked chicken for a casserole, I was taught to boil/poach the breasts in a pot of water. This often results in stringy and chewy chicken without any flavor. Lately I just save and freeze the extra meat from rotisserie chickens to use in casseroles. When I cook breasts in the oven I often have the same chewy result and end up needlessly apologizing for dinner that everyone is suffering through.
Because chicken rarely turns out well for me, I rarely cook it. If you can believe it, I’ve only cooked it six times since the end of January. I’ve made the chicken piccata three times and breaded cutlets the other three. Sad, huh? Because of this, I’m determined to figure out the secret of tender and flavorful chicken.
I’ve gathered a couple of tips and tricks I’m hoping to try–let me know if you use any of these methods.
Also on The Kitchn is how to cook moist and tender breasts every time. This method calls for cooking the breasts over low heat for about 20 minutes. (It’s possible this originated from Joy of Cooking?)
Something that I’ve already started doing is flattening the chicken breasts to an even thickness before cooking them. Of course I tend to do this by beating the ever living spit out of the breasts with a mallet (the girls think this is fun to do, too), but apparently a heavy glass works for pressing the breasts flat.
Though how to season chicken to make it really flavorful? I’m still at a loss.
What are your tips and tricks for making tender and juicy and flavorful chicken breasts?
Inspiration on Monday
Welcome to the first edition of Inspiration on Monday! Inspiration on Monday is a forum to share things that we’ve created and things that we are doing to help inspire others. Posts about projects in progress, finished projects, tutorials, and how-tos are all welcome. Feel free to share recipes, crafts, lifestyle, organizing, and DIY tips, and any other idea that can spark inspiration.
1. Link up your post(s) below. This can be a recent post or an old post, but please do not re-submit a post you’ve already submitted for Inspiration on Monday.
2. Please link back to Inspiration on Monday or my blog somewhere in the post you are submitting
3. If applicable, please share the source that inspired you in your post. Credit where credit is due.
4. Try to comment on at least one other participant’s post. Encouragement can be so inspiring!
***Special Note: There are five Mondays in June so I thought we could have a themed Inspiration on Monday on the 29th. Please share your organizational hacks you employ in the house, your car, outside, at work, anywhere! This could be something as simple as an extra rack in your kitchen cupboard to give more space or a method you use for curbing clutter. As always, you interpret the theme and go with it! I hope you’ll join (so I can steal your awesome ideas)***
What inspiration has struck you lately?