Chicken is a versatile and delicious ingredient that can be cooked in a variety of ways. One of the easiest ways to cook chicken is on the stove. Stove-top cooking allows you to control the heat and monitor the progress of your dish closely, ensuring that your chicken is cooked evenly and to perfection. In this article, we will provide you with step-by-step instructions on how to cook chicken on the stove and answer some frequently asked questions about this cooking method.
How to Cook Chicken on Stove
Before you start cooking your chicken, there are a few things you need to prepare. Firstly, you will need a skillet or frying pan that is large enough to hold your chicken pieces without overcrowding them. Secondly, you will need some oil or fat to cook your chicken in. We recommend using a neutral oil such as vegetable or canola oil, but you can also use butter or lard if you prefer. Finally, you will need your chicken. You can use any part of the chicken that you like, but we recommend using boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs for this recipe.
– 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
– 2 tbsp vegetable or canola oil
– Salt and pepper
– Seasonings of your choice (optional)
1. Heat the oil in a large skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat.
2. Meanwhile, season your chicken with salt, pepper, and any other seasonings that you like. You can use a pre-made seasoning blend or create your own using herbs and spices such as garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, or chili powder.
3. Once the oil is hot, add your chicken to the skillet. Make sure that there is enough space between each piece so that they don’t touch each other.
4. Cook the chicken for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until it is golden brown and crispy on the outside and cooked through on the inside. The internal temperature of your chicken should reach 165°F (74°C) to ensure that it is safe to eat.
5. Once your chicken is cooked, remove it from the skillet and let it rest for 5 minutes before slicing or serving.
FAQs about Cooking Chicken on Stove
1. How do I know if my chicken is cooked through?
The best way to know if your chicken is cooked through is to use a meat thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken, making sure to avoid the bone. The temperature should read 165°F (74°C). If you don’t have a meat thermometer, you can also cut into the thickest part of the chicken and check to see if the juices run clear and the meat is no longer pink.
2. What is the best type of chicken to use for stove-top cooking?
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs are the best types of chicken to use for stove-top cooking. They cook quickly and evenly and are easy to season and flavor.
3. Can I marinate my chicken before cooking it on the stove?
Yes, you can marinate your chicken before cooking it on the stove. Simply combine your marinade ingredients in a bowl or zip-lock bag and add your chicken. Allow the chicken to marinate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 24 hours in the refrigerator. Make sure to pat the chicken dry before cooking it to prevent excess moisture from steaming the chicken instead of browning it.
4. How can I add more flavor to my chicken while cooking it on the stove?
There are many ways to add more flavor to your chicken while cooking it on the stove. You can use pre-made seasoning blends or create your own using herbs and spices such as garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, cumin, or chili powder. You can also add sliced garlic, ginger, or shallots to the pan while cooking your chicken. Another option is to deglaze your skillet with wine, broth, or citrus juice to create a flavorful sauce.
5. Can I cook frozen chicken on the stove?
We do not recommend cooking frozen chicken on the stove as it can take a long time to cook all the way through, which can result in overcooked or undercooked parts of the chicken. It is best to thaw your chicken first in the refrigerator overnight or under cold running water before cooking it on the stove.