Sous Vide Chicken With Marinade. Today I am giving you a step by step beginners guide to preparing, cooking and freezing Sous Vide chicken with marinade.
Sous Vide Chicken With Marinade
There is a lot of questions when it comes to Sous Vide Chicken With Marinade that I wanted to address as many of them as I can today, as well as showing you how to quickly do the process yourself.
As I am sure you’re aware, chicken is amazing and so versatile too, that if you’re starting out with your Sous Vide, cooking chicken breasts with marinade is an amazing starting point.
Then think to yourself, how many different marinades that you love to have your chicken in and then you can focus on eating these in the Sous Vide as it will give you amazing practice.
I like to think of it like the other kitchen gadgets we use regularly and how practice has given us great experience and now we don’t even think about it when we cook with them.
I could go back to 2011 when I first used an air fryer and how we were nervous at this new type of low fat cooking.
Or when we got our Instant Pot and wondered if it would explode like the 1970’s ones did. Eating JUST from the Instant Pot for 3 meals a day last summer, gave us the best practice that you could ever wish for.
Then master chicken breast in marinade in the Sous Vide and then you can work your way through all your favourite chicken marinades, and you will be able to cook chicken breasts in the Sous Vide without thinking about it.
Sous Vide Chicken Marinade Setup
Firstly, you need to make sure that you have everything in place in order to cook Sous Vide chicken with marinade.
Chicken Breasts are BEST when they are organic as they enhance the flavour even more. My personal recommendation is Butcher Box as they sell a lot of different organic chicken and you can get a chicken only custom box delivered to your doorstep every month with dry ice. We also have a Butcher Box Review that you can read.
Chicken Marinade is all about personal choice. You might make your own, or have a favourite shop bought version. In our demo video for showing you how to Sous Vide Chicken With Marinade we used our favourite Bullseye BBQ Steakhouse version. We have only just heard of this one and its now Jorge’s favourite and he is absolutely obsessed with barbecue sauce.
Vacuum Bags & Scissors are essential for cutting your bags to size and then using them for vacuum sealing and sealing in your chicken marinade. We have 2 rolls of vacuum bags and we love using them each time we Sous Vide. We also have a great all in one kitchen tools set that comes with some very good kitchen scissors.
Sous Vide & Water Bath is to finish the cooking process for when you have finished marinating your chicken breasts and are ready for cooking your chicken in the Sous Vide. We have a good sized water bath so that we can use it in a range of dishes as well as this Sous Vide.
How To Sous Vide Chicken With Marinade?
- Firstly, get your vacuum sealing bags cut to size ready to load them with your chicken breasts with marinade. Then using your vacuum machine seal the bottom of the bags so that you are ready for adding in the chicken. After all, there is nothing worse than a leakage.
- Secondly, load up your vacuum bags with your chicken breast and marinade and give it a good shake to make sure the marinade is evenly distributed.
- Thirdly, get rid of any marinade that is on the outer packaging as this will stop it from sealing and flatten it out and use the vacuum machine to remove the air and to properly seal it ready for the Sous Vide.
- Finally, get the sous vide to temperature and place your chicken with marinade into the Sous Vide. It will cook and you will have the most amazing flavoursome chicken breast that you have ever tried.
If you have not yet used your Sous Vide then I recommend you read our blog post called my Sous Vide Vacuum Sealing System first as it will help you get your head around it first and you can see how easy it is!
Sous Vide Chicken With Marinade Q&A
When we are new with something, we want to know EVERYTHING and the Sous Vide and cooking chicken breasts is no different. So here are the questions we have been asked.
Can You Sous Vide Chicken In Marinade? Absolutely! But remember not to over do it and have a lot of marinade as when the air sucks out, it will come out and make your vacuum machine too dirty to seal it for you. After all, you don’t want a messy clean up operation with lots of marinade everywhere. Instead aim for a small amount of marinade per chicken breast.
Also remember, that when you are cooking food when it is sealed its more compact, so you need less marinade for a good flavour.
Sous Vide Chicken In Sauce? Just like with a marinade you can cook chicken in its sauce when it is vacuum sealed. I would just recommend not too much sauce, otherwise it won’t seal properly. Aim for sauces that are quite thick as then its easy to seal and cook.
Can You Freeze Sous Vide Chicken? Absolutely! As I type this, we have 7 lots of chicken in marinades sealed in the freezer and waiting to come out and be cooked for lunch or dinner. We plan to allow them to thaw and then cook them in the Sous Vide. It is recommended that you DON’T cook chicken breasts from frozen. The temperature is not high enough to safely cook them and they will taste horrible.
Sous Vide Chicken Breast Temp & Time? When we cooked our chicken breasts, we did them for 63.5c/146.3f for 2 hours 30 minutes. They were medium to large chicken breasts and you could use the same rule with any chicken breasts you cook in your Sous Vide, regardless of having a marinade or not.
Our Sous Vide Chicken Breasts With Marinade Experiment
What we have decided to do is prep 7 different lots of Sous Vide Chicken Breasts all with different marinades and to see what they taste like once cooked and see how they take to being freezer packed.
We can then see if it tastes better after being frozen as then the chicken marinade can work its magic for longer and then we can try out some homemade marinades too.
Later in the year we will be back with updates about those.
Though we did cheat and did an 8th bag so that we could eat some delicious Sous Vide with BBQ marinade today and it was SO GOOD. I could eat it everyday for the rest of my life. It was one of those moments that if you have a Sous Vide still sat in its box, its what you would want to get it out for!
How To Sous Vide Chicken Breast Video
We also created a great video for you showing you how to sous vide chicken breast with marinade. It gives you some great examples and shows you how to use the sealing machine with a marinade without any cooking disasters.