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Sous Vide Chicken Breast – Easy and Perfect

Raise your hand if you’re tired of tough, dry, stringy boneless skinless chicken breasts. (Up goes my hand!) In fact, I typically turn to chicken thighs when I want tender juicy chicken. Well, guys… not any more, thanks to Sous Vide Chicken Breast!

Gone are the days of dreading cooking boneless skinless chicken breasts. It is now a pure pleasure when I cut into that juicy, tender, flavorful sous vide chicken breast.

I wasn’t familiar with sous vide cooking until about a year ago (where have you been my whole life??) I won’t go into too much detail here (you can check out this post all about sous vide cooking if you want to learn more), but sous vide cooking is essentially vacuum sealing your food, then submerging it in a water bath that is held at a very precise temperature.

This ensures the food is cooked through and through at the exact chosen temperature. You no longer need to excessively cook the outside in order for the inside to be thoroughly cooked. It’s truly remarkable! (This is also true for this amazing Sous Vide Burger – Bacon Blue Cheese!)

Sous vide cooking requires a tool called a sous vide circulator (or sometimes called a sous vide precision cooker). There are several of these available for the home cook now (woohoo!). I use the Joule (you can find it here on Amazon) because it heats up very quickly and is very consistent (it’s also really cool looking! lol!) But this recipe will work with any brand you have (or get).

How to Make Sous Vide Chicken Breast

Season the boneless skinless chicken breasts on both sides with salt, pepper, and seasoned salt. Place chicken in a ziptop bag. Place fresh sage or rosemary on top of chicken breast (optional) and remove all air from bag (use the displacement method by slowly submerging the bag into the water bath and slowly zip the top as the air gets pushed out. Remove as much air as possible. Or use a vacuum sealer). Heat up a large pot of water using your sous vide circulator to 149 degrees and submerge bag of chicken for 60-90 minutes. Remove, discard fresh herbs, and sear the fully cooked chicken in olive oil or butter in a hot skillet for 2 minutes per side. Slice and serve.

I have created a Sous Vide Time and Temperature Chart to make it quick and easy for you to know what time and temperature to use when cooking meats sous vide. Get your Sous Vide Time and Temperature Chart here!


A note about searing your chicken – Your sous vide chicken breast will be fully cooked when it comes out of the water bath, but it’s always nice to add a sear or a char on the outside. Either sear it in butter or olive oil in a very hot pan (here’s the pan I use and love) or toss it on the grill for 1-2 minutes per side. And your chicken will be perfectly cooked AND beautiful.

Watch me make Sous Vide Chicken Breast on my YouTube Cooking Show!

Once you sink your teeth into a juicy, tender, perfectly cooked sous vide chicken breast, you’ll never go back to your “other way” of making boneless skinless chicken. You just won’t.

And be sure to check out my Sous Vide Brisket if you’re in a beef kind of mood!

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Sous Vide Chicken Breast - Easy and Perfect
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4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
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4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Sous Vide Chicken Breast - Easy and Perfect
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Servings Prep Time
4 servings 5 minutes
Cook Time
1 hour
Ingredients
Servings: servings
Instructions
  1. Sprinkle both sides of chicken breasts with salt. pepper, and seasoned salt. Vacuum seal the 4 breasts in one bag (or use the submersion method to remove all the air from the bag.
  2. Fill a large pot of water 2/3 full. Insert sous vide circulator into pot and set temperature to 149 degrees. When water comes to temperature, submerge bag of chicken breasts, ensuring all of the meat is under water. Clip bag to side if necessary. Cook for 1 hour.
  3. When cooking is complete, remove chicken from bag and pat dry. Season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Heat a heavy bottomed skillet on high heat until hot. Add butter. Sear chicken on each side for 2-3 minutes per side, until golden. Serve immediately.