Posted on January 07 2016
Chicken breast is one of the healthiest meats you can eat, but it can get pretty boring if you have it day after day. But if you get a little creative with different spices and seasonings, you can make it more exciting without sacrificing its healthy attributes. Here are three ways to make chicken breast taste better:
1. Soak it in marinade
Your chicken will be much tastier if you drop it in marinade before you go to work. By the time you come home, this meat will ooze delicious flavor and be ready to cook. One of the simplest and tastiest marinades for chicken is Italian dressing. For four large chicken breasts, combine one bottle of Italian dressing, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon garlic powder. Place one breast each large vacuum sealer bags, along with a portion of the marinade. Using gallon size vacuum sealer bags will allow you enough seal time so that the marinade does not reach the top of the seal. AllRecipes.com suggests coating the chicken breast in the mixture and leaving it in the refrigerator for at least four hours. Vacuum sealing the chicken with the marinade allows the marinade to penetrate the meat, really infusing the breasts with flavor and moisture.
2. Try a dry rub
Another way to include some zest to your chicken breast is to add a mixture of spices before putting it in the oven. The Kitchn recommends using the following ingredients to create a spice rub:
- 1/8 cup cayenne pepper
- 1/2 cup paprika
- 1/4 cup cumin
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 1/4 cup granulated onion
- 1/8 cup chipotle
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1/4 cup black pepper
- 1/4 cup granulated garlic
- 1/4 cup mustard powder
After you have properly measured the spices, combine them all in a bowl and mix them together with a whisk. Then, rub the mixture on your chicken breast. Although you can cook the chicken right away, letting the spice mix sit on the chicken for a few hours will produce a better flavor. If you want to get the most taste out of your chicken, vacuum seal and refrigerate for at least an hour.
3. Brine your chicken
Brining involves soaking chicken in salt water to add moisture and enhance flavor. Enjoy-How-to-Cook.com recommends putting 1/4 cup of salt in a large pot of water until it fully dissolves. Boil the water on high heat for approximately a minute. After letting the brine completely cool in the refrigerator, soak your chicken in it for at least an hour. Allow the chicken to air dry in the refrigerator for 60 minutes before you cook it.
If you have any leftover chicken, put it in FoodVacBags vacuum sealer bags to keep it fresh.
Have any tips for spicing up chicken breast? Let us know in the comments below!