If you have bought chicken breasts and then realized that you need chicken strips for your recipe, you don’t need to worry. You can easily cut the strips yourself and cook a dish that you like. Here are few tips on how to cut chicken breast into strips:
Before you begin cutting the chicken breast, make sure that you have gathered everything that you’ll need. Having your tools and the chicken ready will ensure everything runs smoothly. Some of the things you’ll need include:
Chicken breasts: You can buy whole chicken breasts or the ones that are split in half. It depends on the number of people you will be serving. Check out this article to know what to do with the chicken quarters. Before buying the chicken breast, inspect it. Good chicken is cream or deep yellow. If you see grayish color on it, you shouldn’t buy because it has gone bad. Bad smell also signals spoilage. In this case, return it to the store and get a refund. If the chicken breast is good, you can take it home and prepare it.
Chopping board: A wooden chopping board is the best. You can easily clean it by hand and in the dishwasher. Since it’s easier on the edges, you can resurface it if need be. It is also important to have a cutting board that you use only for meat and to regularly clean it to avoid diseases. Notably, maple wood has antibacterial properties thus having a chopping board made from this material will be the healthier choice. It is also likely to last for a lifetime.
Knife: A good set of knives will make it easier to slice up the chicken. When choosing the right knife, make sure that it’s has a sharp edge that can be sharpened if it becomes dull. It should also be made good quality stainless steel to make sure it doesn’t rust. The handle should be non-slip so that you don’t drop it when cutting slippery chicken.
Other Tools: are a freezing bag and metal tray.
2. Freeze the chicken breasts
- Wash the chicken, dry with a paper towel then chill the chicken in a refrigerator. Chilled chicken is more firm; therefore, it won’t slip when you are cutting it.
- Freezing the chicken breast is especially important if you want very thin strips. If the chicken is fresh, soak it in chilled water. Here are the steps:
- Put the chicken piece in the freezer bag
- Remove all air from the Ziploc freezer bag and shut it tight.
- To make the process faster, put the bag on a metal tray and chill for an hour.
- Remove the chicken breasts from the freezer and check if it is ready. If a knife easily cuts through it, it is firm enough to cut into thin strips. If the chicken is still soft, return it to the refrigerator until it is ready.
3. Locate the grain
Place the chicken breast on the cutting board and trim the fat. Then locate the grain on the chicken and place it parallel to the chopping board. Chicken has long fibers of distinct lines running through them and can be difficult to chew through. Slicing through the fibers at this state makes chicken softer and easier to chew.
Cut the chicken into strips
Firmly hold the chicken breast on the chopping board. Using a very sharp knife will make this process easier. Place the knife blade at a 45 degree slant against the grain of the chicken breast and pull your knife against it horizontally. You don’t have to slice every piece at that angle though. The angle of your knife will determine how long the fibers in the chicken will be, which will affect its tenderness after cooking. However, don’t slice too much against the grain as the chicken will be too soft if you do this. When cutting into slices, hold the breast with one hand. To avoid cutting yourself, curl your fingertips before slicing the chicken in long even strokes. Apply force downward as you cut the chicken into ¼ inch strips.
Enjoy the chicken
Knowing how to cook chicken strips is just as important as knowing how to cut chicken breasts into strips. After all, you’re not going to eat raw chicken strips! One way to cook the strips is by baking them. You’ll need to cut two pounds of chicken breast into strips. Then gather other ingredients including a small diced onion, two minced garlic cloves, a quarter cup of butter, a tablespoon of minced parsley, a teaspoon of minced fresh dill, half a teaspoon of dry oregano and a pinch of salt. The process is pretty simply. Grease the chicken strips and place them in a baking dish. Then sauté the garlic and onion in butter and add other dry ingredients. Pour the mixture over the chicken and bake at 530 degrees for 20 minutes. Serve with rice or another dish that you like.
Another recipe involves soaking the strips in milk for 20 minutes. Then put some flour in a separate bowl. Add some cayenne pepper or lots of black pepper in the flour and mix the dry ingredients together. Heat some vegetable oil in a skillet. Then remove some soaked strips from the container they’re soaked in and put it the flour mixture. Coat the pieces and cook them in the skillet a few batches at a time. Cook until golden brown then turn them over to cook the raw side. When they are ready remove them from the skillet and drain on a container covered with paper towel. Continue cooking in batches until they are finished.
It’s important for every foodie to know how to cut chicken breasts into strips. There are a lot of varieties of dishes that you could cook with the strips including some great stir fry. On a weekend night you’ll be able to quickly prepare the chicken strips as the narrow pieces tend to cook faster. Why not learn how to cut the strips now?