Testing: the Kitchn’s How to Cook Moist & Tender Chicken Breasts

The Kitchn posted a great article on cooking chicken breasts. It’s easy and it totally works. I will be cooking chicken breasts like this for now on.

Ingredients

1 to 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup flour (I used whole wheat flour)
1 teaspoon freshly chopped herbs (optional)
Olive oil
1/2 tablespoon butter (I used I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter)

Equipment

10-inch sauté pan with lid

Instructions

Pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness with the handle or flat of a knife.

Lightly salt and pepper the chicken breasts.

Mix about a half teaspoon of salt in with the flour along with a little pepper. Chop the herbs finely, if using, and mix in as well.

Quickly dredge the chicken breasts in the flour, so that they are just lightly dusted with flour.

Heat the sauté pan over medium-high heat. When it is quite hot, add the olive oil and butter. Let them melt, and swirl the pan.

Turn the heat to medium. Add the chicken breasts. Cook for just about 1 minute to help them get a little golden on one side (you are not actually searing or browning them). Then flip each chicken breast over.

Turn the heat to low. Put the lid on the pan. Set a timer for 10 minutes, and walk away. Do not lift the lid; do not peek.

After 10 minutes have elapsed, turn off the heat. Reset the timer for 10 minutes and leave the chicken breasts in the pan. Again, do not lift the lid; do not peek.

After the 10 minutes are up, take the lid off, and tada! Soft, tender, juicy chicken breasts that aren’t dried out in the least. Double check them to make sure there is no pink in the middle. Slice and eat.

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My Halloween Pumpkins

Besides dressing up every year, my favorite thing to do during the Halloween season is pumpkin carving. This year I carved three pumpkins.

This Nightmare Before Christmas themed pumpkin was the first one I carved this year. I absolutely love this movie and every year I do something themed with this film. I used two templates to come up with the end result.

My second pumpkin was a Dia de los muertos skull. It took me two days to do this. I got the pattern for it at Jammin’ Pumpkins. I carved this pumpkin and the Jack and Sally pumpkin using a Pumpkin Masters carving kit.

My third pumpkin was Don Draper from Mad Men. I love this show, and I missed it this whole year. (Come back on the TV, Mad Men!) I had to make a pumpkin in honor of the sexiest man on TV.

For this one, I found a black and white stencil of Draper, transferred it over using the traditional poking method onto the pumpkin, and then I carved the skin off using a Speedball linoleum cutter. For this method, it’s important to make the wall of the pumpkin thin on the inside so that the light shines through the pumpkin.