How to Brown Chicken

Browning chicken is the first step in many recipes for cooking chicken.
  1. Rinse chicken; pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat.

  3. Add chicken pieces to hot oil in a single layer without crowding.

  4. Cook 8 to 10 minutes per side or until chicken is browned; remove with tongs. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces.

    Use tongs to avoid getting burned by spattering oil.
    Use tongs to avoid getting burned by spattering oil.


  5. Continue with your chicken recipe of choice, baking, braising, or simmering the chicken accordingly until it is no longer pink in center.
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