How to Make a Perfectly Tender Chicken Breast!

Making a Perfectly Tender Chicken Breast is incredibly easy. But many people still serve dry, tasteless, chicken breasts. Why? I have no idea. But I plan on ending that practice once and for all. Friends don’t let friends make dry chicken breasts.
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How to Make a Perfecty Tender Chicken Breast!

Three Keys to a Perfectly Tender Chicken Breast:

  1. Bone in, skin on! The bone and the skin make for the most flavorful, tender Chicken breast.
  2. Brine: Don’t be intimidated! It’s as simple as soaking the chicken in salt water for 30 minutes.
  3. Start on the cooktop, finish in the oven. Tender inside, crispy outside.

    And there you have it! How easy is that? Serve with my Roasted Veggie Salad and you have a nutrient dense, colorful, delicious dinner!

How to Make a Perfectly Tender Chicken Breast!



I have tried several ceramic pans in the last couple of years. I love that they are non stick and non toxic (no chemical coating needed!) I tried several brands and I really liked them… at first. But within a few months the white ceramic coating was stained and chipped, and the pan was no longer non stick. I also disliked that the pans I tried weren’t oven safe. I got the pan pictured above from Xtrema Ceramic about five months ago and have had it for long enough I feel safe telling you I love it! It’s a solid, heavy pan that cooks evenly and can be transferred from cooktop to oven. The pan and handle are one piece which means the handle will never come loose, but does heat up. A protective silicon handle cover (you can see it in the photo) is provided for protection. I will definitely be adding more to my collection as I replace older pots and pans. 

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The Recipe: How to Make a Perfectly Tender Chicken Breast

Tips, what you will need and what to serve it with! You will need an oven safe pan and a good sea salt: I use fine himalayan sea salt for brining. People often overcook chicken, making it dry. Please resist that temptation! Serve this chicken alongside any of my salads, vegetable purees, or roasted veggies. This chicken is grain free, gluten free, dairy free, Whole 30 and Paleo.

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How to Make a Perfectly Tender Chicken Breast!
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Achieve a perfectly tender chicken breast every time!
Recipe type: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Serves: 3
  • 6 cups water
  • ⅓ cup sea salt, I used fine himalayan but you can use kosher too
  • 3 chicken breasts, bone in, skin on
  • pepper,
  • garlic powder
  • olive oil, butter, clarified butter or ghee
  1. Place breasts in water with sea salt and allow to soak for at least 30 minutes,.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Place rack in upper third of oven.
  4. Remove breast from salt water and pat dry with paper towel.
  5. Sprinkle with garlic powder, sea salt and pepper.
  6. Pour olive oil, butter, clarified butter or ghee into oven safe pan on med /high heat.
  7. When olive oil, butter, clarified butter or ghee are hot, add chicken skin side down to pan.
  8. Lower heat to medium if needed. Cook for five minutes or until skin is golden.
  9. Turn chicken skin side up.
  10. Transfer pan to oven and cook for 20-30 minutes depending on the size of chicken breast. Small breasts will cook quickly, some of those monster size ones can take a while!
  11. Do not over cook.
  12. Remove from oven when done and serve.


You can also use this technique on grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts! Enjoy ~ Linda Spiker


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28 thoughts on “How to Make a Perfectly Tender Chicken Breast!

  1. I do just about the same thing with my chicken breast to cook them. When I’m in a hurry and do not have any time I will saute the chicken breast over the cook top and use broth or water to saute. I keeps the chicken nice and tender! Great post, thank you!

  2. This looks so good. I tend to buy big bags of boneless breasts but I need to maybe start getting bone in more often because this looks amazing

  3. Interesting that a non-stick ceramic coated pan can brown the chicken skin like this. And the pan is non-toxic and you can finish it in the oven? I’ll have to check out the pan! Thx for the review!

  4. Great, solid tips! I’m always surprised at how temperamental chicken can be. I make it all the time but I’ll admit I typically skip brining, but only because I’m lazy. Will have to try to make more time for it to see how it compares 😀

  5. These are some really great tips! I actually ended up buying a sous vide because I kept failing at making edible chicken breast. However, I think you have made some great points as to why I couldn’t get the chicken to turn out the way I wanted. I will definitely give these a try! <3

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