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Do you want your chicken to be juicy and tender but never know if it's completely cooked? In this blog, dive into different cooking methods and tips to perfectly and safely cook your chicken to the FDA-recommended 165°F every time. Get ready to enjoy your next dining experience with our free-range chicken collection!

On The Grill

Preheat the grill to medium-high heat, around 375-400°F. This temperature allows the chicken to cook evenly and seals in its flavorful juices.

Cooking Tips

  • Oil the grill grates or marinate the chicken beforehand to prevent sticking.
  • Place the chicken on a cutting board, cover with plastic wrap, and gently pound with a meat mallet, rolling pin, or even your fist to achieve an even thickness. 
  • Add your chicken to the grill and cook for about 6-8 minutes per side, turning once, until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before serving to allow the juices to redistribute!

The key to avoiding dry chicken when cooking on the grill is a chicken breast with a consistent thickness. The pounding process not only tenderizes the meat but helps with even cooking.

In The Oven

Preheat the oven to 400°F for boneless chicken breasts or 425°F for bone-in chicken.

Cooking Tips

  • Season the chicken to your liking with your favorite herbs and spices or follow our Marry Me Chicken Recipe for an easy, flavorful dish.
  • Place the chicken in a baking dish and cook for approximately 20-25 minutes (boneless) or 35-40 minutes (bone-in) until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
    • During the last half of the cooking time, loosely drape aluminum foil over top the chicken to retain its moisture.
  • Use a meat thermometer and ensure an accurate internal temperature reading.

The key to avoiding dry chicken when cooking in the oven is tenting with foil. This creates steam during the baking process and leads to a tender, juicy result! 

On The Stove

Heat a skillet or frying pan over medium-high heat. Aim for a temperature of around 350-375°F.

Cooking Tips

  • Add a small amount of oil or butter to the pan for cooking and all seasonings of your choice.
  • Cook the chicken for 6-8 minutes per side until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.
  • For breaded or coated chicken, make sure the coating is golden brown and crispy before removing from the heat.

The key to avoiding dry chicken when cooking on the stove is adding oil, butter, or water to your pan prior to cooking the chicken. This prevents sticking and enhances the chicken’s moisture.


Don’t settle for dry chicken! We’ve got your back - make sure your chicken is perfect for every meal. With this guide and Market House’s quality products, you will never again fall victim to dry, tough chicken. Experiment with different cooking methods and try out our Free-Range, Air-Chilled chicken collection to plan your next feast!


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