Dinner Isn't Ready if Your Chicken is Frozen
Nothing ruins dinner plans faster than realizing while you're at work that you forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer. But all is not lost. Before making alternative plans that involve an extra stop and a drive-thru, consider cooking your frozen chicken breast anyway. It might take a few minutes longer, but it's better than waiting in line at the drive-thru. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it's perfectly safe to cook frozen chicken breast, but to cook the chicken 50 percent longer. This simple recipe serves as a good starting point for you to add your own flare and flavor.
Total Time: 45 minutes | Prep Time: 5 minutes | Serves: 6
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 6 frozen chicken breasts, without skin or bones
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Heat oven to 350F.
- On an oiled baking pan, place breasts in a single layer. Overlapping the breasts may lead to uneven cooking.
- Season with salt and pepper.
- Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until internal temperature is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
If you prefer cooking your chicken in a skillet, heat oil over medium heat, add your chicken breast and season with salt and pepper. Cook on one side for 15 minutes, then flip, lower the heat and continue cooking for another 15 minutes. Check the temperature with your meat thermometer before serving to make sure it's cooked all the way through.
Any seasoning works with this chicken recipe—lemon pepper, paprika or barbecue sauce. Top your frozen chicken breast with your preferred seasoning before cooking. If your plan is to serve breaded chicken, coat with mustard first, then sprinkle with breadcrumbs and cook as directed above.
With the increased cooking time, you might be worried about drying out your chicken. To keep the juices in the breast, be sure to let your chicken rest for 5 minutes after you take it out of the oven before serving it to your family. If it's too late, whip up a quick sauce by sauteing chopped onions and minced garlic in butter and then adding the drippings from your pan and a little chicken broth for more liquid. Cook until flavors are blended and pour over your cooked chicken.
When cooking frozen chicken breast, don't skip the meat thermometer temperature check. To prevent illness, you want to make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly with an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit before serving.