How to bake chicken breast from frozen

Chicken is one of the most delicious meats you can prepare at home. Most people defrost the chicken before they cook it. There is nothing wrong with that, but that’s not always the most practical approach, especially if you pressed for time and forgot to take the chicken out of the freezer a head of time. Roasting or baking is, perhaps, the best option to cook the chicken directly from its frozen state. Here’s how to bake chicken breast from frozen in seven easy steps.

Things you'll need

  • Frozen chicken breasts
  • 1/2 stick of butter
  • 1 cup of lemon juice
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • Dash of pepper
  • Baking dish

Instructions on how to bake chicken breast from frozen

Step 1:

Assemble the chicken dish and preheat your oven to about 375 degrees. Step 2:

Cut the butter into small slices and place them on your baking dish. This will help melt the butter quicker. Step 3:

Chop the garlic cloves using a garlic press if you have one and toss them into the baking dish.

Step 4:

Pour the lemon juice into the baking and layer the chicken breasts on top. You can also spoon some of the lemon juice on top of the chicken.

Step 5:

Sprinkle a little pepper on top of the chicken breasts and put them in the oven.

Step 6:

Cook the frozen chicken until it is no longer pink inside (about 45 minutes). Ideally, add 50% more cooking time to any chicken recipe when you are cook it from frozen instead of thawing.

Step 7:

Remove from oven, place on a serving plate and serve the dish hot. You may spoon a little of the lemon juice mixture over the top for added seasoning, depending on your taste preferences. Enjoy!


A few general tips to remember on how to bake chicken breast from frozen:

  • Don’t cook frozen chicken in a microwave or in a slow cooker. The meat will dry out and turn out quite tough, which is a waste of your cooking.
  • Also, don’t remove the skin on the chicken when cooking it from frozen. The skin helps the chicken retain its juiciness and flavour. Besides, it’s difficult to remove skin when frozen.

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