Making this Sous Vide Chicken Breast is so easy, and it leads to the juiciest, tenderest chicken. It’s simply flavored with lemon, thyme, and rosemary for a delicious and healthy dinner that pairs with anything. Don’t overlook this cooking method because it leads to perfectly-cooked chicken breast every time, guaranteed!
- Why We Love This Sous Vide Chicken Recipe
- Variations on Sous Vide Chicken Breasts
- How to Store and Reheat
- How to Freeze
- Serving Suggestions
- More Chicken Breast Recipes To Try
- Sous Vide Chicken Breast Recipe
- Email This Recipe
- Recommended Equipment
- Becky’s tips
- Nutrition Information
- How to Make Sous Vide Chicken Breast Step by Step
Why We Love This Sous Vide Chicken Recipe
The sous vide method cooks chicken breast to the perfect temperature by cooking it vacuum-sealed in warm water. This process prevents overcooking, so you’ll never end up with dry chicken again!
- Juicy. The low and slow cooking time ensures your chicken will never turn out dry.
- Flavorful. The seasonings and herbs infuse the chicken with so much flavor.
- Easy. Just vacuum seal the chicken, set it, and forget it! This cooking method is totally hands off.
Variations on Sous Vide Chicken Breasts
There are so many easy ways to change up this simple chicken breast recipe. A dry rub or a marinade can add so much flavor! Try a dry rub using chicken seasoning, Creole seasoning, blackened seasoning, taco seasoning, fajita seasoning, Italian seasoning, or herbs de Provence. For a marinade, try barbecue sauce, honey mustard, Italian dressing, pesto, chimichurri, mustard cream sauce, Buffalo sauce, sweet and sour sauce, or Ranch dressing.
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How to Store and Reheat
Store leftover sous vide chicken breast in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in a 140°F sous vide bath for about 1 hour.
How to Freeze
Freeze sous vide boneless chicken breast in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating. This is one of my favorite ways to cook chicken for meal prep, so make extra and store it for months to come!
This sous vide chicken is the perfect topper for a Caesar salad, green goddess salad, cobb salad, or Italian salad. Add it to chicken Alfredo or pesto mac and cheese for a more filling entrée, or pair it with simple sides, like Instant Pot rice, creamy mashed potatoes, or baked potatoes. Finish it off with some blistered sweet peppers, honey glazed carrots, or Parmesan broccoli for a balanced meal!
Yes! Simply add an extra 30-60 minutes to the sous vide time.
145°F is the ideal temperature to sous vide chicken breasts so that they remain tender and juicy. You can cook them at a higher temperature if you prefer, though!
Absolutely! While the FDA recommends cooking chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F, chicken that is cooked to an exact temperature of 145°F for at least 1 hour is safe to eat. This is because the sous vide process slowly pasteurizes the chicken and kills any bacteria.
We are cooking our chicken for about 1½ hours to ensure it is nice and soft.
It is possible to make this recipe without a sous vide setup if you have a large enough pot and an instant-read thermometer. You’ll need to continuously monitor the temperature of the water throughout the cook time to ensure it never dips below 145°F.
Nope! You can place the bottom of a Ziplock bag filled with the chicken into the water, then squeeze any remaining air out before sealing. This is called the water displacement method.
It sure is! Because we are cooking this chicken at a lower temperature, it may remain slightly pink in the middle. As long as it is fork-tender and has been cooked for at least an hour, it is cooked through and safe to consume.
It’s pretty difficult to overcook chicken in a sous vide. As you continue to cook it, the meat will turn softer (and eventually become mushy), but it will not dry out.
Nope! I just like to so that it turns out nice and crispy. You can absolutely enjoy this chicken right out of the sous vide.
You sure can! Heat the sous vide to 140°F and let it cook for 1 hour (or up to 4 hours).
More Chicken Breast Recipes To Try
- Pan Seared Chicken Breast
- Poached Chicken Breast
- Baked Seasoned Chicken Breast
- Crockpot Chicken Breast
- Air Fryer Chicken Breast
- Oven Fried Chicken Breast
How to Make Sous Vide Chicken Breast Step by Step
Season the Chicken: Fill a large pot or sous vide tank with water. Attach the sous vide machine and set it to 145°F. Pat 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts dry and season both sides generously with kosher salt and ground black pepper.
Seal the Chicken: Place the chicken, 2 slices of lemon, 2 sprigs of fresh thyme, and 1 sprig of fresh rosemary in a vacuum sealer bag and seal.
Cook the Chicken: Once preheated, add the bags to the water and let cook for 1½ hours.
Pat the Chicken Dry: Remove the chicken from the bag and pat dry.
Sear the Chicken: Heat a skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter to the pan. Once melted, add in the chicken and cook on both sides until golden. Serve and enjoy!