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    Unhappy Cooking frozen chicken breast??

    I recently started cooking meat at home and have trouble cooking frozen chicken breast. I take them out of wash them with cold water to get rid of some salt and then I bake them for an hour at 375degress. They always come out chewy? Am I doing something wrong?
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    So, you cook chicken for an hour?
    After you wash it with water...
    to get rid of some salt.

    And you don't know why they come out gross?

    I think I'm missing something.
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    Are you putting them in the oven frozen? Take them out of the oven and thaw in the refrigerator for 24 hours before baking. Try baking at 450*F for 25-30 minutes; the hotter, shorter cook time will keep them from drying out in the oven. Let them rest about 10 minutes on a cutting board before chopping them up so that the juices get sucked back into the meat.
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    I thaw it by microwaving it for 2 minutes. Sometimes I don't even bother and put them frozen for baking
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    Originally Posted by 204500 View Post
    I thaw it by microwaving it for 2 minutes. Sometimes I don't even bother and put them frozen for baking
    Might want to use google for a better way to cook chicken breasts than this
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    Thaw the meat, then cook it.

    Or try buying some thawed and cooking it right away.

    Use a meat thermometer to cook to proper doneness and optimal juicyness.
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    If you have to use the oven to cook your chicken, thaw it out in the fridge before hand.

    Otherwise use a slow cooker/crock pot, toss the frozen breasts in there with some salt, pepper, and a bit of water. Turn it on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-6 hours. Bam! Cooked chicken ready to be shredded and eaten with your favorite side dish. Perfect for meal prep too.
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    well, cook it slower and longer , so inside of chicken cooks , or just defrost it
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    I just recently started eating meat
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    Washing frozen chicken does nothing, washing raw chicken is a bad idea. No way to remove added salt from pre brined chicken.
    Thought behind washing chicken is/was to remove bacteria, but when what hits it IF it is contaminated those germs are now spread all over your sink area farther that you can imagine. Proper cooking will kill any bacteria that MIGHT be present.

    1) thaw the chicken first. I hate microwaving to thaw only. I feel the fridge takes way to long. Health guides would suggest thawing under cold water, I personally use hot water. Place the chicken in a zip lock bag, place in a bowl with a weight on top to keep it down, fill bowl with the hottest tap water and keep it running, let this go for awhile could let it go till thawed, or turn off water after 5+ minutes and let it sit.

    2) trim chicken of visible fat

    2a) optional - place chicken on foil and close foil around chicken making a "hobo packet". Could also add potatoes and the like in the same foil pack.
    Pierce a few holes in the top with a fork or knife.

    3) place in oven pre heated to 350f for 22-30 minutes

    3a) it's a good thing to let it rest just a few minutes. This allows the proteins in the chicken to relax after being heated and reaborb some of the juices that were squeezed out.

    4) remove chicken and place on plate.

    Hope this helps
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    Originally Posted by 204500 View Post
    I just recently started eating meat
    u wot m8?
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    You should let them unfreeze when you take them ou of the freezer for about 3 hours or more then put them in the oven.
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    A. Let them thaw out more and then cook them

    B. Throw them in a crockpot (slow cooker) with some seasonings and set it and forget it

    c. If you throw them in the oven frozen you need to watch them

    D. USE GOOGLE
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    A pressure cooker can easily cooked frozen chicken breast in sub 20 minutes
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    Just leave them sitting out to thaw the night before, then put them in a dish covered with foil into the oven for an hour. Done. I cook a weeks worth of lunches like that.
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    I always cook my chicken breasts from frozen.

    1) get a tray that has some depth and put the chicken in

    2) boil hot water and pour it over the chicken until you cover the fillets 50%.

    3) add pepper salt and any other spices you want. i like a generous portion of tikka masala.

    4)put in oven at 175 celcius

    takes about an hour. never chewy. enjoy!
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    the only frozen i cook breasts from is when i am doing shredded chicken for chicken tacos.
    that is a crock pot recipe.
    also get a grill like a forman grill or if you have a place out side a gas grill.
    try dif things. if you don't like chewy chicken there are a million
    ways to cook the schit and get that protein in your belly.
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