Cooked Chicken for Recipes - Barefoot Contessa Style

Total Time
Prep 5 mins
Cook 45 mins

I always poached chicken when I needed cooked for a recipe -- and I never liked the way it came out. I was watching Ina's show on the Food Network last weekend and this is how she cooks her chicken for recipes. I tried it and it was the most moist chicken I have ever had. I used it in chicken noodle soup -- YUM!!! The recipe can be increased or decreased depending on how much cooked chicken you need. UPDATE 7/31/07 -- I tried this method on boneless, skinless chicken breasts and it worked great -- I baked for about 35 minutes and it was cooked perfectly!


  1. Place chicken breasts on baking sheet with sides (to catch the grease), skin side up.
  2. Rub olive oil on breasts, sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake at 350º for 45 minutes.
  4. Cool, then chop or slice to use in your recipes.


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I would love to be able to give this lots more stars---this is the greatest way to cook chicken to use in any recipe requiring pre-cooked chicken. The chicken stays moist and juicy not dried out! I've even used skinless, boneless chicken breasts and cut the time down to about 25-30 minutes depending on the size! Really great idea!

mickie49 January 01, 2010

Great way to cook chicken to be used later in recipes calling for cooked chicken. This recipe actually served two purposes, one for the chicken to use later in a chicken and noodle dish and the other was to use the drippings that evening to make a gravy to go along with a different recipe where all the drippings would be absorbed in the dressing. Thanks for posting the recipe. Made for I Recommend Tag Game.

diner524 March 16, 2012

Ina is one of my favorite Food Network Chefs and this recipe showcases the fact that you don't need a lot of fancy, expensive ingredients or hours of prep to make something delicious. This really allows the flavor of the chicken to shine through; excellent for salads and for freezing. I also freeze the bones and juices until I have enough to make homemade chicken stock..basic cooking at it's very best! Thank you for posting.

Groundhog Gal August 17, 2009

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