Roasting chicken breasts

Discussion in 'Food and nutrition' started by Staycalm, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. Staycalm

    Staycalm Guest

    The health food shop where I often get lunch always have really nice lean
    chicken in sandwiches and salads, so I asked how they cook them. Apparently
    they just put skinless chicken fillets in the oven and cook them before
    chopping them up for the day. It was too busy to get more detail than that.
    How long should I cook them and at what temp? Any ideas?
    Also what sorts of spices (low fat and low salt) could I add to flavour them
    at different times?
     
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  2. jmcquown

    jmcquown Guest

    Staycalm wrote:
    > The health food shop where I often get lunch always have really nice
    > lean chicken in sandwiches and salads, so I asked how they cook them.
    > Apparently they just put skinless chicken fillets in the oven and
    > cook them before chopping them up for the day. It was too busy to get
    > more detail than that. How long should I cook them and at what temp?
    > Any ideas?
    > Also what sorts of spices (low fat and low salt) could I add to
    > flavour them at different times?


    I find it hard to believe baked chicken breasts, chopped or not, are moist
    and tender without some sort of liquid. There is something they aren't
    telling you.

    Jill
     
  3. "Staycalm" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > The health food shop where I often get lunch always have really nice lean
    > chicken in sandwiches and salads, so I asked how they cook them.
    > Apparently they just put skinless chicken fillets in the oven and cook
    > them before chopping them up for the day. It was too busy to get more
    > detail than that.
    > How long should I cook them and at what temp? Any ideas?
    > Also what sorts of spices (low fat and low salt) could I add to flavour
    > them at different times?
    >


    the i have recently worked out - get a fry pan that is oven proof - brown
    the chick on both sides then put the whole thing in the oven. 180 or a tad
    less even. about 15 - 20 mins. then cover it loosley with foil for a bit
    before eating.

    see how that goes...

    chris
     
  4. Staycalm

    Staycalm Guest

    "Dancing Queen" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "Staycalm" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >> The health food shop where I often get lunch always have really nice lean
    >> chicken in sandwiches and salads, so I asked how they cook them.
    >> Apparently they just put skinless chicken fillets in the oven and cook
    >> them before chopping them up for the day. It was too busy to get more
    >> detail than that.
    >> How long should I cook them and at what temp? Any ideas?
    >> Also what sorts of spices (low fat and low salt) could I add to flavour
    >> them at different times?
    >>

    >
    > the i have recently worked out - get a fry pan that is oven proof - brown
    > the chick on both sides then put the whole thing in the oven. 180 or a
    > tad less even. about 15 - 20 mins. then cover it loosley with foil for a
    > bit before eating.
    >
    > see how that goes...
    >
    > chris

    Thanks Chris. I plan to chop it up and freeze it in smallish containers. I
    can then defrost as necessary for salads or sandwiches.

    Liz
     
  5. Staycalm

    Staycalm Guest

    "jmcquown" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Staycalm wrote:
    >> The health food shop where I often get lunch always have really nice
    >> lean chicken in sandwiches and salads, so I asked how they cook them.
    >> Apparently they just put skinless chicken fillets in the oven and
    >> cook them before chopping them up for the day. It was too busy to get
    >> more detail than that. How long should I cook them and at what temp?
    >> Any ideas?
    >> Also what sorts of spices (low fat and low salt) could I add to
    >> flavour them at different times?

    >
    > I find it hard to believe baked chicken breasts, chopped or not, are moist
    > and tender without some sort of liquid. There is something they aren't
    > telling you.
    >
    > Jill
    >

    That's what I thought initially but the chicken is not necessarily moist and
    tender for this purpose. They add them to sandwiches and I would be inclined
    to prefer them as lean as possible. I could then mix the chopped up pieces
    together with mayonnaise, hummus or avocado for example. I am also wondering
    whether they spray the pan with something to stop them sticking.

    Liz
     
  6. Reg

    Reg Guest

    jmcquown wrote:

    > Staycalm wrote:
    >
    >>The health food shop where I often get lunch always have really nice
    >>lean chicken in sandwiches and salads, so I asked how they cook them.
    >>Apparently they just put skinless chicken fillets in the oven and
    >>cook them before chopping them up for the day. It was too busy to get
    >>more detail than that. How long should I cook them and at what temp?
    >>Any ideas?
    >>Also what sorts of spices (low fat and low salt) could I add to
    >>flavour them at different times?

    >
    >
    > I find it hard to believe baked chicken breasts, chopped or not, are moist
    > and tender without some sort of liquid. There is something they aren't
    > telling you.



    When done properly, roasting a chicken breast is less likely
    to result in dryness than when roasting the whole bird. You
    don't have the problem of having to cook the dark meat along
    with it, which finishes at a higher temp.

    Normally roasting a whole chicken is a compromise between
    the light and dark meat. Not so when cooking just one or
    the other because it can be done with more precision.

    --
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  7. "Staycalm" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > "Dancing Queen" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >> "Staycalm" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    >>> The health food shop where I often get lunch always have really nice
    >>> lean chicken in sandwiches and salads, so I asked how they cook them.
    >>> Apparently they just put skinless chicken fillets in the oven and cook
    >>> them before chopping them up for the day. It was too busy to get more
    >>> detail than that.
    >>> How long should I cook them and at what temp? Any ideas?
    >>> Also what sorts of spices (low fat and low salt) could I add to flavour
    >>> them at different times?
    >>>

    >>
    >> the i have recently worked out - get a fry pan that is oven proof - brown
    >> the chick on both sides then put the whole thing in the oven. 180 or a
    >> tad less even. about 15 - 20 mins. then cover it loosley with foil for
    >> a bit before eating.
    >>
    >> see how that goes...
    >>
    >> chris

    > Thanks Chris. I plan to chop it up and freeze it in smallish containers. I
    > can then defrost as necessary for salads or sandwiches.
    >
    > Liz


    well have a go at leaving it a bit before chopping. and be sure to tightly
    wrap in the freezer!

    chris
    >
     
  8. In article <[email protected]>,
    "Staycalm" <[email protected]> wrote:

    > The health food shop where I often get lunch always have really nice lean
    > chicken in sandwiches and salads, so I asked how they cook them. Apparently
    > they just put skinless chicken fillets in the oven and cook them before
    > chopping them up for the day. It was too busy to get more detail than that.
    > How long should I cook them and at what temp? Any ideas?
    > Also what sorts of spices (low fat and low salt) could I add to flavour them
    > at different times?


    Liz, are you hellbent on roasting them to cook them? If you are, I
    can't help you. If you are not, consider poaching them. It's been a
    long time since I've done it, but it was wonderful and had the advantage
    of providing some flavorful liquid for soup, as well.

    Let me see if I can reconstruct this: Put the breasts (boneless and
    skinless) in a pan and cover with cold water, seasoned as you wish.
    Bring to a boil, then cover it and remove it from the heat and let it
    stand for 20-30 minutes. Remove the meat from the liquid and use it as
    you desire. You can use the liquid for a soup start if you add some
    carrots, celery, onion, parsley, peppercorns, salt to it.

    The meat is nice and moist,
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  9. Staycalm wrote:
    > The health food shop where I often get lunch always have really nice lean
    > chicken in sandwiches and salads, so I asked how they cook them. Apparently
    > they just put skinless chicken fillets in the oven and cook them before
    > chopping them up for the day. It was too busy to get more detail than that.
    > How long should I cook them and at what temp? Any ideas?
    > Also what sorts of spices (low fat and low salt) could I add to flavour them
    > at different times?
    >
    >


    I used to work as a cook in a similar kind of store. We steamed the
    chicken breasts for the salads, except for one recipe where we put a
    spice rub on them, and grilled them. When the steamer went out we either
    grilled all of the breasts or cooked them in a convection oven with
    plenty of water in the pans.

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  10. aem

    aem Guest

    Staycalm wrote:
    >
    > That's what I thought initially but the chicken is not necessarily moist and
    > tender for this purpose. They add them to sandwiches and I would be inclined
    > to prefer them as lean as possible. I could then mix the chopped up pieces
    > together with mayonnaise, hummus or avocado for example. I am also wondering
    > whether they spray the pan with something to stop them sticking.
    >

    You'd get tastier results from roasting whole chicken breasts, on the
    bone with the skin. Easily boned and skinned when cooked. Since
    you're going to add mayo and avocado later the tiny bit less 'lean'
    this way would be more than offset by the richer flavor and juiciness.
    I'd start with a moderate oven (350°F or so) for 30 minutes, then
    check for doneness. -aem
     
  11. Paul M. Cook

    Paul M. Cook Guest

    "Staycalm" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > The health food shop where I often get lunch always have really nice lean
    > chicken in sandwiches and salads, so I asked how they cook them.

    Apparently
    > they just put skinless chicken fillets in the oven and cook them before
    > chopping them up for the day. It was too busy to get more detail than

    that.
    > How long should I cook them and at what temp? Any ideas?
    > Also what sorts of spices (low fat and low salt) could I add to flavour

    them
    > at different times?
    >
    >


    The way I've always done it is to marinate the meat then sear it in an
    intensely hot iron skillet to flash cook the outside of the meat. Takes
    about 1 minute per side. Heat the pan until it smokes - you want to
    simulate a grill. The meat will be raw in the middle. Then cover the meat
    with tin foil for about 20 minutes to finish cooking. The meat will be very
    tender and juicy and fully cooked.

    Paul
     
  12. Annie

    Annie Guest

    "Staycalm" <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > The health food shop where I often get lunch always have really nice lean
    > chicken in sandwiches and salads, so I asked how they cook them.
    > Apparently they just put skinless chicken fillets in the oven and cook
    > them before chopping them up for the day. It was too busy to get more
    > detail than that.
    > How long should I cook them and at what temp? Any ideas?
    > Also what sorts of spices (low fat and low salt) could I add to flavour
    > them at different times?

    I have two methods of roasting skinless breast fillets

    1. Place chicken on a rack in a roasting pan. Fill pan with water (don't
    let the water touch the chicken). Into water, place some chopped onion and
    garlic (these flavours infuse into the chicken). Sprinkle herbs and spices
    over the chicken -- whatever you have available (even dried chicken
    flavoured soup powder will do). Bake at 180 degrees for about an hour.
    You may need to top the water in the pan up during cooking.

    2. Place chicken in an oven bag with whatever herbs and spices you have
    available. Shake bag to cover the chicken with the seasonings. Place bag on
    rack in a roasting pan. Bake at 180 degrees for about an hour.

    The chicken is cooked if the juices run clear when you insert a skewer into
    the thickest part of the fillet. If they are not clear (have blood in them)
    put back in oven and continue roasting.

    After roasting, wrap the chicken in alfoil for at least 15 minutes to allow
    the meat to rest prior to carving.

    You can try marinating the meat overnight in the fridge for a different
    flavour each week or so!

    Good luck
    A
     
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