Mistake #9: Overcooking it
“Overcooking chicken is a mistake that even experienced home cooks can make,” Karp says. “Because no one wants to have undercooked chicken, people tend to overcompensate in the other direction.” By learning how to cook chicken breast (and whole chickens, too!) with a thermometer and trusting what it says, you can avoid this common pitfall. Make sure to avoid these 8 dangerous mistakes you might be making with raw chicken.
Mistake #10: Not marinating it
“Marinating chicken adds flavor to a blank canvas. It’s overlooked for white meat sometimes, but it’s a great vessel for new flavors and interesting tastes,” says Lauren Koeppe, celebrity chef and founder of Create Hospitality. Koeppe’s top picks for marinating are fresh or dry herbs like thyme, sage, oregano, or rosemary, along with fresh garlic and a dash of citrus.
Mistake #11: Boiling it in a sauce
“It’s a mistake to boil chicken in a sauce when a gentle poach will keep the chicken tender,” says Waldy Malouf, food & beverage operations senior director for The Culinary Institute of America‘s campus restaurants. Though it may be tempting to boil your chicken in a sauce, a little patience for poaching will result in a tastier finished product.