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How to Cook Chicken Cubes in a Pan

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author image Amelia Allonsy
A former cake decorator and competitive horticulturist, Amelia Allonsy is most at home in the kitchen or with her hands in the dirt. She received her Bachelor's degree from West Virginia University. Her work has been published in the San Francisco Chronicle and on other websites.
How to Cook Chicken Cubes in a Pan
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Chicken cubes cook more quickly than whole chicken pieces, and can be used as the base for a wide range of healthy dishes, such as a chicken stir fry or a topping for a dinner salad. You can purchase boneless, skinless breasts -- the leanest cut of the chicken -- and cut them yourself before cooking. Sauteing raw chicken cubes over high heat cooks them more quickly and evenly than cooking a whole piece and cutting it later. Try tossing this versatile protein with fresh, chopped vegetables, or make a large batch ahead of time to use in dishes throughout the week.

Step 1

How to Cook Chicken Cubes in a Pan
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Cut the chicken into 1-inch strips along the grain of the meat fibers. Then, cut the strips crosswise, with your slices spaced about 1 inch apart.

Step 2

How to Cook Chicken Cubes in a Pan
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Season the chicken cubes with your choice of spices or a marinade. If you coat the chicken in a marinade, discard the marinade when you finish with it to avoid cross-contamination.

Step 3

How to Cook Chicken Cubes in a Pan
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Preheat a bit of olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat.

Step 4

How to Cook Chicken Cubes in a Pan
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Spread the chicken in an even layer on the bottom of the skillet. If the cubes won't fit in a single layer, cook the chicken in multiple batches to ensure even cooking. If you crowd the pan, the steam won't be able to escape, resulting in poached or steamed chicken.

Step 5

How to Cook Chicken Cubes in a Pan
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Leave the chicken untouched to cook for 1 to 2 minutes, or just until the bottom develops a light brown sear.

Step 6

How to Cook Chicken Cubes in a Pan
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Turn the chicken with a spatula or wooden spoon to cook the remaining sides. Stir the chicken every 30 seconds to prevent sticking and ensure even cooking. The total cooking time should be between 7 and 10 minutes, depending on the size of the cubes.

Step 7

How to Cook Chicken Cubes in a Pan
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Insert an instant-read digital meat thermometer into a chicken cube when the meat is opaque and the juices run clear. Remove from the pan when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit, the safe minimum cooking temperature for poultry.

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