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How-To Cook Perfect Chicken Breasts

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tyson Foods, Inc. All opinions and text are entirely my own. #deliciousgametime

When I'm planning for a party I like to start with a recipe or idea and then break that down into things that I can do ahead of time.  This lessens party-day stress without compromising quality.  Today, I'm sharing with you some of my favorite recipes for chicken breasts. First up, we're going to go over everything you need to know to make moist, juicy and delicious chicken breasts EVERY TIME and then, how to make ahead a delicious hoagie with your chicken breasts. Let's get started!Tyson Trimmed & Ready Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts #deliciousgametimeI start with good quality chicken breasts and prep them per the recipe below so that I have them on hand on party day.  Whether I'm using chicken for an everyday meal or for a party my favorite way to make them ahead of time is to bake them in the oven.  This method always leaves the chicken moist and delicious and you can season it accordingly for the recipe you'll be using it in or leave it as is and season later.Tyson Trimmed & Ready Fresh Chicken Breasts with fresh baked bread and fixins' for hoagies #deliciousgametimeI went shopping at Walmart for all of my ingredients.  I used Tyson® Fresh Chicken Breasts and found them in the refrigerated section along with Tyson Fresh Chicken Wings, Thighs, Leg Quarters and more.  {My family wants me to make them homemade wings next!}

How To Cook Chicken Breasts that are Moist and Juicy Every TimeMoist and juicy chicken breasts - start to finish Ingredients:

Fresh Chicken Breasts

Olive oil

Salt, pepper, seasonings of choice

You'll also need a baking dish and parchment paper


Heat oven to 400°F. Use Olive Oil to coat baking pan #deliciousgametimeSeason bottom of the baking pan with olive oil.Chicken breasts in baking panPat chicken dry and place in baking dish leaving space in between each piece.  Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and seasons desired.Prep parchment paper for baking #deliciousgametime

Parchment paper wrapped chicken #deliciousgametimeLightly brush parchment paper with olive oil and place over chicken breasts tucking in on all sides. Bake to internal temperature of 165 degreesBake until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F.  Start checking your chicken after 20 minutes and then check every  5 to 10 minutes thereafter until the proper temperature is reached.  The time it takes to bake the chicken will depend on how thick each piece is. The Tyson Fresh Chicken Breasts I used took approximately 35 minutes to bake. Fresh baked chicken breasts #deliciousgametimeIf baking ahead let cool slightly before storing. Fresh baked and sliced chicken #deliciousgametimeSince I was using my chicken in the hoagie recipe below I let it cool slightly and then sliced it before refrigerating.

Make Ahead Chicken Breast HoagiesMake ahead chicken hoagie - ready for eating! #deliciousgametime

Now to make our hoagies! 


1 large loaf of Italian bread

1 garlic clove cut in half lengthwise

½ cup olive oil

Cold sliced chicken, (Tyson® Fresh Chicken prepared as above)

Fresh basil leaves

Fresh mozzarella ball, sliced

Fresh tomatoes, sliced

Pitted olives, cut in half


Slice fresh breadCut the loaf of Italian break in half lengthwise.

Rub the cut edge of the garlic clove over the inside of the bread, one side only.

Drizzle the same side with olive oil.Make ahead chicken hoagie layer one #deliciousgametimeArrange the chicken on top of the bread.Make ahead chicken hoagie layer two and three #deliciousgametime

Make ahead chicken hoagie layer four #deliciousgametime

Make ahead chicken hoagie final layer #deliciousgametimePlace basil leaves, mozzarella slices, tomatoes and olives on top of the chicken.Make ahead chicken hoagie - a delicious crowd-pleasing sandwich. #deliciousgametimeAt this point you can wrap the hoagie tightly in aluminum foil and refrigerate until you’re ready to serve it or slice it and serve immediately.Make ahead chicken hoagies sliced and ready for serving. #deliciousgametimeThis is a family favorite and a great sandwich to serve at parties.  You can round it out with a Pasta Feta Salad and a Hot Crab and Artichoke Dip - think ahead for the big game coming up! Find more #deliciousgametime recipes at Talk About Delicious Mag and recipes and game time entertaining ideas on the Talk About Delicious Gametime Pinterest Board.

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xo Mary Beth

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  1. This looks delicious Mary Beth!! And thanks for the tip with the parchment paper. I'm going to start doing that!

  2. Awesome idea, I love the make ahead approach. Chicken would be yummy in a hoagie!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Malia! I ended up making several packages of the chicken and we had it on salads and even in a pot pie.

  3. Claire @ A Little Claireification says:

    This looks so good! That is a great game day idea!! Pinned!

    1. Mary Beth says:

      Thanks so much, Claire!

  4. Amy Anderson says:

    This looks so delicious and juicy! I'd love to try this sammich!