Whenever I needed cooked chicken for a recipe, I always poached it. I was never happy with the resulting dry chicken. I was watching Ina Garten one day and she showed how she cooked chicken for recipes so I tried it and the rest is history. The chicken comes out so moist and delicious ~ I never use any other way. In fact, I have a hard time not standing there and eating it when it comes out the oven.
If the chicken breasts are large, I let it go in the oven a little longer and it still comes out perfect. I have also used boneless chicken and baked for about 35 minutes.
Cooked Chicken for Recipes ~ Barefoot Contessa Style
2 chicken breasts, bone-in and skin on
2 teaspoons olive oil
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste
Place chicken breasts on baking sheet with sides (to catch the grease), skin side up. Rub olive oil on breasts and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Bake at 350º for 45 minutes. Cool, then chop or slice to use in your recipes.
Makes 2 cups of chopped, cooked chicken.