What's for dinner tonight? If you’re like most Americans, the answer is probably chicken. For the first time in more than 100 years, chicken is more popular than beef, with the average person eating about 60 pounds per year. For many of us, the poultry we'll be serving for supper is chicken breast. While chicken breast is a great source of lean protein and a cinch to cook, it's also easy to prepare this cut in a way that leaves it tough, dry, and flavorless.chicken are cooked, the fat melts and bastes the meat, keeping it moist and juicy.
Chicken breast can also be difficult to cook if you don't own a meat thermometer. Any meat — poultry included — dries out if it is cooked to too high a temperature. Even if you're cooking chicken in a slow cooker or using lots of liquid, if the internal temperature of the chicken climbs too high, the bird will dry out. Without a way to measure the internal temperature, it can be difficult to know when chicken should be removed from the heat.
But don’t despair. It is possible (and easy) to cook a juicy and flavorful chicken breast: you just need to know a few simple tricks.
Brine the Chicken
Bread the Chicken
Kristie Collado is The Daily Meal's Cook Editor. Follow her on Twitter @KColladoCook.