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How to Microwave Chicken Breasts

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author image Tremaine Jackson
Born in New York City, Tremaine Jackson has been in theater, dance and music since age 12, when he appeared in Liz Swados' "Swing" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He is also an award winning children's recording artist. He writes fiction and poetry in his spare time.
How to Microwave Chicken Breasts
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Chicken breasts are arguably the leanest and most versatile form of white meat. They go with just about any side dish, from exotic grains and mixed vegetables to whole wheat pasta. A 3-ounce breast contains roughly 30 grams of protein, is naturally low in fat, and can be cooked in about the same time it takes to read this article. Simmer cooked breasts with marinara or a light cream sauce. Or dress with herbs, olive oil and a squeeze of lime.

Step 1

How to Microwave Chicken Breasts
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Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in the glass baking dish.

Step 2

How to Microwave Chicken Breasts
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Fill the baking dish with enough water to cover the chicken breasts halfway.

Step 3

How to Microwave Chicken Breasts
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Cover the baking dish with plastic cling wrap. Ensure the wrap is secured tightly to prevent the escape of any air.

Step 4

How to Microwave Chicken Breasts
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Microwave on high for approximately 3 to 4 minutes per breast. At this point, you will want to use a food thermometer to make certain the internal temperature of each breast is at least 165 F. If any of the breasts are not, microwave them 1 to 2 minutes longer.

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