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How to Defrost Frozen Skinless Chicken Breasts in the Microwave

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Sommer Leigh has produced home, garden, family and health content since 1997 for such nationally known publications as "Better Homes and Gardens," "Ladies' Home Journal," "Midwest Living," "Healthy Kids" and "American Baby." Leigh also owns a Web-consulting business and writes for several Internet publications. She has a Bachelor of Science in information technology and Web management from the University of Phoenix.
How to Defrost Frozen Skinless Chicken Breasts in the Microwave
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You've forgotten to set out the frozen skinless chicken breasts again and now need them for your recipe. While you don't have sufficient time to thaw them in the refrigerator, the often recommended method, your microwave can provide a sufficient way to defrost the breasts. Since it heats the breasts instead of just allowing them to come down gradually in temperature, you have to watch them closely and make sure they don't start to cook. But when done properly, you can defrost them evenly to a cool temperature so they are ready to add to your favorite skinless chicken breast recipe.

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Step 1

Remove the chicken breasts from their packaging.

Step 2

Place the chicken breasts flat in a single layer on a microwave safe plate or other shallow container.

Step 3

Place the chicken breasts in the microwave.

Step 4

Select the defrost setting on your microwave. Some microwaves allow you to choose the type of food you are defrosting and the number of pounds.

Step 5

Heat the chicken breasts on the defrost cycle for 2 minutes if your microwave does not automatically set the amount of time to heat the food.

Step 6

Remove the chicken breasts from the microwave after 2 minutes regardless of if your microwave has an automatic setting.

Step 7

Turn over the chicken breasts.

Step 8

Place the chicken breasts back in the microwave and run the defrost cycle for another 2 minutes.

Step 9

Check and turn the chicken breasts every 2 minutes until they feel soft and have no cold spots.

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