Help a novice cook
July 24, 2011 2:48 PM Subscribe
Why do I keep burning my chicken breasts?
posted by lewedswiver to food & drink (37 answers total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
I don't know how to cook. Not remotely. But I want to try to start -- and start at the very beginning.
So I'm trying to sautee boneless/skinless chicken breasts in a bit of butter and olive oil. It seems easy and tasty, and because it should take just a few minutes on each side to cook through, also fast. (This last is a big plus.)
But even though the chicken breast clearly needs multiple minutes to cook through, after just thirty seconds or so, the chicken is turning black and charred! I salvage it by cutting the breast in half and putting the raw middle face-down -- but why is the chicken breast burning so quickly? (It doesn't seem to do so in others' YouTube videos!)
By the way -- any other quick, simple, easy, big-portioned, and meat-y cooking suggestions would be very much appreciated. (I can't afford to eat at Subway twice a day. Nor should I!)