How to Cook the Perfect Chicken Breast (4 different ways!)

Welcome to the ultimate guide to cooking perfect chicken breast! Chicken can be an intimidating protein to cook because it’s so easy to under or overcook, but with my four methods for cooking the perfect chicken breast, you’ll be an expert in no time.

In this guide you’ll learn how to:

With each of these methods, you’ll end up with juicy and delicious chicken breasts every time. Use these methods to cook chicken and add them to your favorite recipes like salads, grain bowls, tacos and more!

baked chicken breast on a plate with vegetables

Let’s talk ingredients

In this guide we’ll walk through four basic methods for cooking chicken breasts. There are tons of ways to season & marinade chicken that you’ll find links to within this post, but for ease here’s what you’ll need to cook very basic chicken breasts:

  • Chicken breast: this tutorial is created for using one pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
  • Oil: you’ll need some oil for baking & grilling chicken breast. I like to use olive oil but feel free to use avocado oil or melted butter.
  • Seasonings: use these chicken breasts as a blank canvas for recipes by just adding salt & pepper to them for baking, grilling & slow cooking. See below for fun flavor ideas!
  • Water: in the poaching and slow cooking methods you’ll need some water to help the chicken breasts cook. Feel free to also use chicken broth for added flavor.

The #1 tool for cooking perfect chicken breasts

If you don’t yet have a meat thermometer, it’s time to get one! I highly recommend having a meat thermometer so that you can check the doneness of your chicken without having to cut into it and lose the juiciness. Here is a great one that I use all the time.

adding a lid to a slow cooker with two chicken breasts

Go organic (if possible)

If it’s accessible, I recommend using organic chicken breasts whenever possible. They tend to be much juicier and less “tough,” than non-organic chicken breasts, so when you’re using the chicken as a blank canvas to add to recipes it makes a big difference.

Have fun with marinades & seasonings

As I mentioned, this guide to cooking chicken breast gives you perfectly cooked chicken that acts as a blank canvas you can use in any recipes you’d like. I have tons of seasonings and marinades to try with these methods, too! Get them in these tutorials & recipes:

Get all of our chicken marinades here.

adding chicken breasts to a baking sheet

Four ways to cook perfect chicken breast every time

Alright, let’s get to it! Check out the best four methods for cooking chicken breasts, plus recipes and more:

  1. How to Bake Chicken Breast
  2. How to Poach Chicken Breast
  3. How to Slow Cook Chicken Breast
  4. How to Grill Chicken Breast

two grilled chicken breasts on a grill

Use cooked chicken breast in these delicious recipes

Now that you’ve learned exactly how to bake, grill, poach and slow cook chicken breasts so that they’re perfectly juicy, feel free to use the chicken in some of our favorite recipes below:

Get all of our delicious chicken recipes here!

poaching two chicken breasts in a pot

Recommended tools for cooking chicken

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blonde woman grilling chicken breast

Freezing & storing cooked chicken breast

After you’ve used any of the above methods for cooking chicken breast, you can either use the chicken right away or store it for later:

  • To store: let the chicken breast cool completely and transfer it whole, shredded or cubed to an airtight container. Place the container in the fridge and use the chicken within 4-5 days.
  • To freeze: repeat the steps above but instead place your chicken in the freezer. Cooked chicken breast will stay good in the freezer for about 3 months. When you’re ready to use it, simply thaw it in the refrigerator and enjoy it cold with salad recipes or heat it up in the microwave for warm recipes.

I hope you love these simple methods for cooking the perfect chicken breast! If you try any of them, be sure to leave a comment on the tutorial and let me know how it went. Enjoy, xo!

How to Cook Perfect Chicken Breast (4 methods!)

Learn exactly how to cook the perfect chicken breast four different ways! In this step-by-step tutorial for cooking chicken breast you’ll perfect baking, grilling, poaching and slow cooking so that you can use chicken in your favorite recipes. Marinade and recipe ideas included!

To store: let the chicken breast cool completely and transfer it whole, shredded or cubed to an airtight container. Place the container in the fridge and use the chicken within 4-5 days.

To freeze: repeat the steps above but instead place your chicken in the freezer. Cooked chicken breast will stay good in the freezer for about 3 months. When you’re ready to use it, simply thaw it in the refrigerator and enjoy it cold with salad recipes or heat it up in the microwave for warm recipes.

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