Consider this your warning. Sous vide chicken breast melts in your mouth. Once you try it, regular chicken breasts will seem dry, bland, and tough. You should really video your face when you taste it for the first time. It will be one of those moments that you’ll want to capture forever. Your wedding day, the birth of a child, and your first taste of sous vide chicken breast – these moments are basically on the same level. OK, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but this dish is highly addictive and irresistible.
How Sous Vide Makes Chicken Breasts Every Time
To understand why a sous vide chicken breast is perfect every time, you recall the fundamentals of the method. Sous vide places food in a sealed bags with the air removed. Then the sous vide bags are immersed in a water bath and cooked at a constant temperature. The cooking temperature is generally lower than with other methods, but the cooking time is longer. The method ensures that food is heated gradually, completely, and evenly.
If a chicken breast is cooked “normally” with an oven, grill, or stove, the heat must be considerably higher and the heat only penetrates for the outside. This leads to uneven cooking. The external temperature of the breast is much higher than the internal temperature. This also leads to uneven cooking and mixed textures.
If you prepare a sous vide chicken breast, the gentle, consistent heat will ensure the proper food temperature for the perfect taste and texture. You cannot overcook or dry out your food with sous vide. The sealed bags lock in the flavor and juices. The constant temperature ensures that your food stays in the sweet spot – tender, juicy, and delicious.
What’s the Best Temperature for Sous Vide Chicken Breast?
For the recipe below, we recommend using 146.5 º Fahrenheit (63.6 º Celsius). You can make an excellent breast at many different temperatures. Our recipe was designed for the beginner with ease and simplicity in mind. This temperature is will make a tender, juicy breast that can be used in a wide variety of applications.
What’s the Best Cooking Time for Sous Vide Chicken Breast?
We recommend 60 minutes in our recipe below. This time can be extended with no negative consequences. Some recipes call for twice as much cooking time. The general range of cooking times vary from 1 to 2 hours.
Can You Overcook Chicken in Sous Vide?
The beauty of sous vide is the simplicity. It’s that old school “set it and forget” style of cooking. It’s almost impossible to overcook your chicken. Even if you do forget it, and leave it for “too long,” the food will stay at exactly the right temperature. It’s so forgiving and basically fool proof.
Simple Sous Vide Chicken Breast Recipe
If you’re a beginner, don’t worry. Making these chicken breasts is easier than making pasta! For this general beginner recipe we recommend using seasoning and not marinade. A marinade requires a few more steps when it comes to vacuum sealing your sous vide bag.
- Fill your cooking container with water. Set Sous Vide Cooker to 146.5 º F. Give the water bath time to heat up before adding sous vide bags.
- Season the breasts with your favorite spice mix. If this is a trial recipe, use seasoning that you know well, like salt and a simple lemon-pepper mix. Placing a sprig of thyme or your favorite fresh herb is another easy option.
- Put breasts into the sous vide bag. Seal the bag with a vacuum sealer or use the water displacement method with a Ziploc bag.
- Place sous vide bag into water bath.
- Cook for 1 hour.
- Remove bag from water. Remove chicken from bag. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
- Use a paper towel to pat breasts until dry.
Simple Seasoning Options
Want to experiment with international flavors? It’s too easy with sous vide cooking. Just swap out the seasoning mix.
Check this amazing set from Gustus Vitae. There are 5 gourmet spice blends from all over the world: Taste of Greece, Taste of Morocco, Taste of Tuscany, Taste of Thailand, Taste of Jamaica, Taste of Cajun.
The spice blends are crafted in small batches not in a soul less factory. They are also Non-GMO, Non-MSG, and Non-ETO.
The tins are have magnetic bottoms! They stick to fridges, BBQ’s, or any metal surface. So handy. Saves so much space.
Sous Vide Tools
Here are some tools that even a beginner can use.
Sous Vide Anti-Float Devices
Sometimes, sous vide bags can float. This is bad. Luckily, there are some cheap and easy solutions.
A simple rack that will keep bags immersed. It also allows you to cook more bags at once.
Read more about sous vide racks here.
A straightforward way to hold down floating bags.
Read more about sous vide weights here.
Sous Vide Searing Torch
You can get a quality torch for around $20.
Read more about sous vide searing torches here.
Silicone Sous Vide Bags
If you want to eliminate or reduce your plastic use, you can now get high quality bags made of food grade silicone. These bags are reusable. They can also be used for storage, freezing, and more.
Making a chef-quality chicken breast that will wow yourself, your friends, and your family is easier than ever with sous vide. If you’re new to sous vide or on the fence about trying it, rest assured that it is one of the easiest, most simple, and most accessible cooking methods today.