Road Map: Bone-In Chicken Breasts
Unlike boneless breasts, bone-in chicken breasts are thicker and thus benefit from being set down in the liquid in the pot (rather than up on a rack or in a steamer). You’ll use less liquid here than with our technique for boneless skinless breasts because these breasts will thaw and release water and other liquid into the pot as they cook.Because of the way the bones add a distinct depth of flavor to the meat, bone-in chicken breasts are a great choice if you want to debone and chop the meat for chicken salad and pasta salad, or to slice the meat for sandwiches. Be forewarned: You must check the internal temperature of the meat with an instant-read meat thermometer. Bone-in breasts have varying thicknesses — and varying amounts of internal moisture depending on whether they’ve been injected with a brining solution. While our timing worked several times in testing, there are safety concerns with eating undercooked poultry. Better safe than sorry. See step 3 for more details on checking the meat’s internal temperature.Finally, to get the skin crisp, transfer the cooked breasts skin side up onto a lipped baking sheet. Set the oven rack about 6 inches from the broiler, heat the broiler, then brown the breasts under it for 1– 2 minutes.