Sous Vide Chicken Breasts Recipe

Sliced sous vide chicken breast on small white plate with lemon wedges.

Learn how to make the PERFECT Sous Vide Chicken Breasts. This fail proof recipe results in perfectly tender & juicy chicken every time. Plus, it provides tips on flavoring your chicken breasts in several different ways. You can even sous vide frozen chicken breasts. 

Sous vide, which means “under vacuum” in French, refers to the process of vacuum-sealing food in a bag, then cooking it to a very precise temperature in a water bath. This technique is amazing because it makes it virtually impossible to overcook your food. Making it perfect for cooking tender & juicy chicken breasts.

I’ve used my sous vide in the past to make a delicious filet mignon and ribeye, but today I’m taking on chicken.

I’ve developed what I consider to be the BEST sous vide chicken recipe. Not only because it’s perfectly cooked, but because you can switch up the seasonings in so many different ways.

How to Season Sous Vide Chicken Breasts

I prefer using a dry rub or thick sauce to season my chicken. The reason being that you need to vacuum seal the bag before the sous vide cooking process. Marinades with excess liquid tend to make that sealing process difficult. If seasoning from the onset, here are some of the flavor combinations that I like to use. But keep reading, I have another method that seasons the chicken breasts after they come out of the sous vide. 

Dry Rub Options

  • Lemon Zest + Oregano
  • Orange Zest + Rosemary
  • Taco Seasoning
  • Cajun Seasoning
  • Seasoning Salt
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Honey Mustard
  • Pesto
  • Mojo Sauce 

But my favorite method for seasoning Sous Vide Chicken Breasts is a simple one. I like to sprinkle them with salt and pepper, add a couple sprigs of fresh herbs (thyme, rosemary, parsley) and a few lemon slices. Then, once they’re done cooking, I sear them in a hot skillet with some compound butter. 

You can season your butter in so many different ways. My favorite add-ins are garlic, lemon zest and fresh herbs. You can also add a bit of heat by adding in a pinch of cayenne, or some horseradish.

How to Make Compound Butter

  • Combine softened butter with garlic and fresh herbs.
  • Place on a piece of parchment or plastic wrap and roll into a log.
  • Refrigerator for 1 hour, or place in the freezer for 15 minutes to firm up.
  • Slice into rounds and enjoy on chicken, steaks, bread or vegetables.

How to Sous Vide Chicken Breasts

Season your chicken and place in a plastic bag. Remove the air from the bag and seal using a vacuum sealer or the water displacement method.

Place the sous vide in a vessel that’s large enough to hold enough water for your bag to be fully submerged and deep enough to ensure that the water level falls between the minimum and maximum level indicators on your sous vide circulator. Heat it to 145-degrees and place your bag in the water.

How Long Does It Take to Sous Vide Chicken Breasts?

  • Sous vide chicken for at least 1 hour. Once an hour is up, it will keep in the sous vide bath for up to four hours without losing its texture. 

Sous Vide Chicken Breast From Frozen

  • If you’d like to sous vide frozen chicken breasts, simply add 30 minutes to the cook time. So, sous vide the chicken for at least 1 ½ hours. 

Can You Overcook in Sous Vide?

  • It’s OK to your chicken breasts in the water bath for up to 4 hours. After that, the meat may break down too much and become mushy. Your chicken will never actually “overcook” as the meat will be held at the correct temperature.

Can You Reheat Chicken Sous Vide?

  • One of my favorite parts about sous vide is that you can reheat leftovers with it. It’s the perfect way to reheat a chicken breast or other cut of meat because it will never overcook it.

How Do You Reheat Chicken Sous Vide?

  • Heat your water to 140-degrees. Reheat for 1 hour (up to 4 hours).

Two whole chicken breasts cooked sous vide after browning in skillet.

What to Serve with Chicken:

Sliced sous vide chicken breast on small white plate with lemon wedges and fresh herbs scattered about.

Wine Pairings for Chicken:

  • A Viognier or unoaked Chardonnay would pair nicely with this dish.
  • If you would like to go the red route, I’d suggest a Pinot Noir, or other light bodied red. Avoid hard, oaky tannic reds and they can overwhelm the delicate flavors of the chicken.

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Sous Vide Recipes:

Close up of sliced chicken cooked sous vide.

Sous Vide Chicken Breasts Recipe

Learn how to make the PERFECT Sous Vide Chicken Breasts. This fail proof recipe results in perfectly tender & juicy chicken every time. Plus, it provides tips on flavoring your chicken breasts in several different ways. You can even sous vide frozen chicken breasts.
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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2-4 sprigs fresh herbs
  • 2 thin slices lemon

For Finishing:

  • 2 Tablespoons butter (or compound butter - see recipe below)
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • Kosher salt & pepper

Compound Butter:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 cloves garlic grated or minced
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 3 teaspoons fresh chopped herbs (rosemary, tarragon, basil, thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Set the sous vide to 145-degrees.
    Sous vide machine in water bath.
  • Vacuum seal the chicken breasts using your preferred method. 2 breasts per bag, along with salt and pepper, fresh herbs and lemon slices.
    Two chicken breasts in vacuum seal bag with lemons and herbs.
  • Cook for 1 hour, up to four hours.
    Bag of chicken breasts in sous vide water bath.
  • Remove chicken breasts and pat dry with paper towels. Season with additional salt and pepper.
  • Preheat a cast iron skillet over high heat. Add oil and butter. Sear chicken breasts 1-minute per side, tilting skillet and spooning butter over them as they cook. Serve immediately.
    Two whole chicken breasts cooked sous vide after browning in skillet.
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Equipment

Sous Vide Machine

Nutrition

Calories: 430kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 49g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 175mg | Sodium: 363mg | Potassium: 836mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 418IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg

2 comments

  1. Shari

    Thanks for sharing! This looks really good. Going to try it out with the Voignier recommended!

    Reply

  2. Monica

    Wow! This looks amazing. I really need to try it. You can tell the chicken is super tender. I didn’t know about this way of cooking but can’t wait to try it myself. Thank you!

    Reply

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