Whenever I cook chicken in a frying pan, it gets dried out - what am I doing wrong? Last night, I made this yummy dish that has cut up chicken breasts, pasta, several kinds of peppers, black olives and tomato sauce. It's a delicious dish (although not the best for my diet b/c of the pasta!), but would have been even better if the chicken was juicy.
I've tried cooking it slower by using a lower temperature, but that didn't do the trick. When I bake chicken, it's nice & juicy, but not when I cook it on the stove. I eat lots of chicken when I'm trying to lose weight, and it would really taste better if it was nice & juicy, even when I cook it on the stove. Any suggestions? Thanks!
I buy a roaster chicken and put a few stalks of celery or some onion in with it- no water, the juice of the meat itself and the celery / onion will create a wonderful broth actually that you can save and freeze to use as a base for soup in the winter! The chicken has a wonderful flavor and satifies everyone because kids like dark meat- we like white meat- etc. etc.
You can do this with about anything really- roasts, ribs, etc.
Shel - What I cook the chicken in depends on what I'm using it for. Last night I cooked it in wine, butter & onions. Sometimes just butter, but then it gets a little watery because I put the lid on & condensation forms.
The recipe is really yummy although (like I said) not all that great for the diet - it's called Chicken Riggies (made with Rigatoni noodles). You put 1 stick of butter, 1 cup of white cooking wine & 1 large onion (chopped) into a deep pan & simmer until the onion is tender. Then add about 1 lb of cut up chicken & cook on low until chicken is completely cooked. Then add 1 cup of chopped cherry peppers, 1 cup of hot banana pepper rings, 1 small can of black olives, and 1 to 1.5 cups of tomato sauce. Simmer for about 20 minutes or until some of the liquid cooks off. Mix with approx. 4 cups of cooked rigatoni noodles, and dinner is ready! The recipe also calls for "mushrooms if desired," but in my mind they're definitely not desired!
I'll have to try cooking the chicken your way, or cook it on the grill next time. We grill year round, so the snow won't stop me!
Maak823 - Nope, I haven't cooked it in the crock pot, but I should try that - thanks for the suggestion! I usually only use my crock pot for things like chili, stew, etc. I never think to just cook meat in it. http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/rolleyes.gif
I buy those big bags of frozen chicken breasts and boil them all at once in water that I've added chicken base or bullion cubes and garlic powder to then I freeze them all. When I want to make something with chicken, whether it be stir fry or anything really, I just thaw it out and throw them in. I almost always have chicken already cooked in the freezer. It's great for a diet because you can decide to have a chicken salad for lunch and you don't have to mess around cooking it.
I also cook it like Shel does, let it boil, not all the way covered, for awhile in a skillet until done then pour out the water and brown it. The browning goes fast.
Great suggestion, Linarella! I'll have to stop by Sam's club & pick up a bag of frozen chicken. Pre-cooking the whole bag will be really helpful, especially on the evenings when I'm rushed to make something quick for dinner. Thanks!!!