How to Microwave Chicken Breast
Prep Time1 min
Cook Time9-11 mins
If you’re looking for a fast and excellent way to cook chicken, look no further than your microwave. Yes — really! Many people think microwaved chicken is dry and chewy. In reality, microwaving chicken breast in an Anyday dish yields juicy, tender chicken.
Compared to cooking chicken on the stovetop or in the oven, the microwave does the job much faster. Microwaved chicken breast is an excellent topping for salads, pasta, sandwiches, and more. Use a meat thermometer to ensure that the chicken has a safe internal temperature before serving.
Why Use An Anyday? Anyday's lid traps steam and keeps chicken juicy as it cooks in the microwave. When using an Anyday dish, chicken breast takes about 7-11 minutes (depending on how many breasts) to fully cook in the microwave. As a comparison, chicken breast takes about 15-20 minutes to cook on the stove, and between 30-40 mins in the oven!
What You’ll Need
What You’ll Need
Microwave Chicken Breast
See for yourself— microwaving chicken is simply faster, start to finish.
|Microwave in an Anyday dish||9-11 mins|
|Instant Pot (Pressure Cooker)*||25 mins|
Step by Step instructions on microwaving chicken
Place in an Anyday Shallow Dish
Cover with the lid (knob lifted).
Cook in the microwave.
Chicken is ready when the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
All you need to know about microwaving chicken
How long does chicken take to cook in the microwave?
|Ingredient||Power Level||Cook Time|
|1 8-ounce boneless skinless chicken breast (225g)||6||9-11 mins|
|2 8-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts (450g)||6||14-16 mins|
|3 8-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts (750g)||6||17-18 mins|
|4 8-ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts (900g)||6||20-21 mins|
Depending on how many you’d like to cook, chicken breasts take about 7-11 minutes to cook in the microwave. When cooking frozen chicken breasts, add 5-6 more minutes of cook time to ensure the chicken is thawed and cooked through.
Why do I need to lower the power level?
Power levels in a microwave are there to help us get the best possible results for each ingredient. While it is totally possible to cook chicken at full power for a shorter time, the results will be much juicier and tender if the power level is reduced. By lowering the power we are maximizing the potential of the microwave, ensuring consistent and reliable results.
How to tell when chicken is cooked through?
Chicken breast is done cooking when an instant-read thermometer registers 165 degrees when inserted into the middle of the thickest part of the breast. The chicken will have no pink spots when it’s cut. If your chicken breast isn’t fully cooked after the cooking time is reached, continue cooking in 1-minute increments until the chicken breast is cooked.
How to freeze microwaved chicken?
When freezing cooked chicken breast, it’s important to let it cool completely before putting it into the freezer. If you’re going to use the chicken breast in salads, soups, pasta, and the like, dice the chicken breast and put it into a freezer tray with large cups like the Anytime ½-Cup Freezer Tray. Cover the tray with the lid and freeze for up to 3 months.
How to reheat frozen cooked chicken?
To thaw, pop out the portion of chicken you’d like, and microwave on full power in an Anyday dish with the lid on (knob lifted!) for 2-3 minutes or until warmed through. Stir the chicken halfway through cooking to ensure even heating. To store cooked, whole chicken breasts, lay them in a freezer-safe dish or tray with a lid. When frozen solid, you can transfer them into a ziplock freezer bag, making sure to remove as much air as possible from the bag. Reheat by placing the frozen chicken breast into a shallow Anyday dish, cover with the lid (knob lifted!), and microwave on full power for 3-4 minutes, or until warmed through completely.
How to microwave frozen chicken?
Place frozen raw chicken breast into a shallow Anyday dish and cover with the lid (knob lifted). Add 1 tablespoon of water into the dish per piece of chicken breast to boost the steam. Microwave on full power for the time indicated in the chart above 3-4 minutes or until warmed through completely.