There’s a Simple Cooking Secret to Tenderizing Chicken Breasts

Here's how to make chicken breasts tasty and tender.

IMAGE Majoy Siason

Chicken breasts can be one of the most unforgiving proteins to cook: it’s easy to churn out dry, tough, and tasteless chicken breast dish if you aren’t taking the necessary steps to prepare this meat cut properly.

 

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Here’s a cooking tip to help you tenderize chicken breasts: pound them with a meat mallet! If you’re making chicken cutlets (like this chicken piccata) or rolling and stuffing them (cheese-stuffed chicken rolls, anyone?), your best bet for moist, tasty chicken is to pound them thin.

 

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This is why it works: when you pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet, they all turn out to be even in thickness, which means even cooking. That makes them easier and quicker to cook, and gives you a better idea on the cooking time. Also, pounding means you’re already tenderizing—it helps break down the protein for more tender chicken.  

 

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