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Pre-cooked Chicken

7 Dec

Many casseroles, chicken salads, and pasta dishes call for cooked, shredded chicken.  These are my two favorite ways to pre-cook chicken:

Method #1: Roasting (my personal favorite)

Preheat you oven to 350 degrees F.  Place 4 to 6 split chicken breasts (bone-in, skin-on) skin side up on a sheet pan.  Rub chicken with olive oil.  Sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper.  Roast for 35 to 40 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.  Set aside until cool enough to shred, chop, or whatever your heart’s desire.

Method #2: Boiling

In the case you only have boneless, skinless breasts on hand, boiling is the way to go.  In the past I never seemed to take them out before they overcooked, but this method helps ensure they’re nice and juicy.

Bring 1 part chicken broth and 2 parts water to a simmer in a pot.  Add chicken and simmer for 6 minutes, uncovered.  Remove from heat and cover pot.  Let stand until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes.  Transfer chicken to a plate and cool 10 minutes.

Note: You can freeze your precooked, shredded chicken for about 3 to 4 weeks, which is a huge timesaver.  A few mintues in the microwave on the defrost setting, and you’re good to go.