Tip Tuesday: How Do I Keep My Meal Prep Chicken Juicy?
You make a delicious burrito chicken bowl on Sunday and look forward to eating it all week. You pop it in the microwave on Monday and get ready to dive in. You take your first bite only to chew on a tough, dry piece of chicken. Yuck!
There is nothing worse than having to suffer through dried out chicken all week. Fortunately I have a tried and true tip for you to nail your chicken game every week!
It all comes down to TEMPERATURE!! Over the years of teaching cooking lessons this is the biggest mistake I see my clients make! Using the touch test or relying on a timeframe only will result in dried out chicken. And if you’re cutting the chicken open to see if it’s done, I can guarantee you will have dry chicken.
Chicken needs to be cooked to 165 degrees and most of the time my clients were regularly cooking their chicken to 190-200 degrees. It may not seem like a big difference but trust me when I say it is in fact, super important!
Fortunately it’s a super easy fix to make sure you don’t make this common cooking mistake. All you need is a thermometer! There are so many options out there that it can be hard to pick. I’m always asked for equipment recommendations and I can 100% recommend the Thermapen MK4 Thermometer! It will last you a super long time and seriously has the fastest read time I have ever seen (aka you won’t burn your hand off, lol)!
Try my method for cooking chicken with your next meal prep and let me know what you think!
Perfectly Cooked Chicken
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
Place your chicken breasts on a large rimmed baking sheet. Make sure they have an inch between each breast.
Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt, pepper and anything else you’d like.
Bake for 15-20 minutes. Your chicken may take longer or shorter depending on breast thickness and how hot your oven runs.
Insert the tip of your digital thermometer into the thickest part of the breast at a slight angle. Push the thermometer in just until the tip is covered, don’t push the thermometer all the way through or you’ll be reading the pan temp.
If your chicken temps 165 degrees then remove from the oven. Next you’ll remove from the baking sheet and place the breasts on a cutting board to cool before slicing.
And that’s it! Paying attention to the temperature is a simple yet highly effective way to make sure your chicken stays juicy all week!
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