How to Braise Chicken

Braising is a moist-heat cooking method used to tenderize tough cuts of meat. Chicken is normally browned first and then braised.
  1. Rinse chicken; pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Heat oil in heavy, large saucepan over medium-high 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.

    Remove chicken pieces to a clean plate after browning.
    Remove chicken pieces to a clean plate after browning.


  5. Add braising liquid and other ingredients per recipe to saucepan; bring to a boil over high heat.

  6. Reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, about 15 minutes or as recipe directs.

  7. Add chicken to ingredients in saucepan. Cover and simmer according to recipe directions, typically 40 to 45 minutes, until chicken is no longer pink in center.
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