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Roasting chicken breasts didn't brown

I roasted skinless stuffed chicken breasts in a stainless steel pan at 400° and they didn't brown. The pan was lightly oiled and the chicken was topped with thin slice of pancetta. But the chicken never browned. Does anyone have any thoughts?

asked by DebJ about 2 months ago

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Colleen
added about 2 months ago

Two things come to mind. What kind of oil did you use? If it’s one that has a high smoke point, then it might not have gotten cooked enough if it was on the chicken. The same goes for the fats released by the pancetta.

http://www.cookingforengineers.com/article/50/Smoke-Points-of-Various-Fats
Secondly, I would add some butter to the top of your roast chicken, much like you do when roasting a turkey. Just like when you roast turkey, it’s the butter that induces browning. There might not have been enough fats in the pancetta alone.

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Colleen
added about 2 months ago

Also, much like browning a turkey, try tenting your bird with foil to see if that helps.