7 Ways to Save Your Overcooked Chicken Breast

Transform it from tough and dry to extra delicious!
Creamy chicken ala king on a plate

Chicken breast is the quick-cooking lean meat that is a favorite among dieters, thanks to its high protein and low-fat quality. Sadly, because of its low-fat content, breast chicken is also ridiculously easy to overcook. It’s the fat that maintains moistness in meats and without it, there is little that can help the meat stay tender and juicy if there is no fat to help it stay that way.

Not to worry though, because chicken breasts are versatile enough that you can easily repurpose it into other delicious dishes. There are so many ways to reintroduce moisture back into your dried out chicken so you don’t have to live with tough chicken.

Here are six ways to save that chicken breast:

1 Serve or simmer it in a sauce.

beef gravy, pork gravy, and chicken gravy in ceramic containers
Whether it’s beef, pork, or chicken, this is the basic gravy recipe you need to know.
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You can add gravy, mornay sauce, tomato sauce, or whatever flavors you might be craving. You can opt to serve it on the side or maybe simmer your chicken in the sauce. Another way to make sure your sauce penetrates into each bite of chicken is to chop it up in smaller pieces and simmer it until each piece is moist and tender again.


2 Use it in a classic chicken sandwich.

Grilled cheese and chicken sandwich cut in half on a plate
Add chicken to your grilled cheese sandwich to level it up.
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Cutting up your chicken breast and adding mayonnaise and other seasonings to the mixture is one of the best things you can do. It’s also the perfect baon!

3 Make saucy shredded chicken.

Pulled chicken sandwich with barbecue sauce and pickles
Add moisture and flavor to dry chiccken by mixing it with barbecue sauce!
Photo by Toto Labrador

Pull your chicken into shreds with a fork or your hands and toss it in some barbecue sauce. It’s a quick fix that’s incredibly flavorful! You can make it into a sandwich, eat it with rice, or serve it with a side of mashed potatoes.


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4 Use your chicken as a salad topping.

Caesar salad on a plate
Adding chicken to a saucy Caesar salad can make it a heftier meal.
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If your chicken is less than stellar, then chop it up, season it with a little dressing, and take the focus away from it. Instead, make it the protein-packed topping for your fresh greens. It’ll go great with your Caesar salad!

5 Use chopped up chicken for soup.

chicken slivers in a clear soup with carrots and corn
Try adding dried chicken breasts to sopas or your favorite chicken soup.
Photo by Patrick Martires

As with all these hacks, it’s always a good idea to chop up your chicken into small pieces. You can then use it for your favorite chicken soup by simply incorporating it towards the end. With so much soup, it’s near impossible for anyone to notice dry chicken. 


6 Toss chicken slivers with in a stir fry.

Cashew and chicken stir fry on a plate.
You can add flavor and moisture to dry chicken when you use it in stir fries!
Photo by Dairy Darilag

Stir-fries have a very light sauce made of vegetable and meat juices and liquid seasonings. This light, flavorful, and glaze-like sauce wraps around your dried chicken so you won’t notice it as you eat the saucy dish.

7 Incorporate chicken into a creamy pasta.

Timbal or creamy tomato chicken pasta on a plate
Timbal is a creamy chicken and tomato pasta recipe that you can make in one pot!
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A good, creamy pasta sauce will be all the moisture you’ll need for dried chicken. Just remember to simmer it so the creamy sauce will penetrate the meat and help re-hydrate that dried up chicken!

There’s nothing to fear about chicken breasts! Overcooking it can lead to delicious experiments to repurpose it. However, you don’t have to keep making experiments. There’s still something beautiful about a perfectly cooked chicken breast! Check out our article on the secrets of chicken breast: 

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