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How To Defrost Chicken With Sous Vide

If you’re looking for a quick and easy way to defrost chicken breast, try using your sous vide! Using an immersion circulator, you can defrost frozen chicken breast in 30 minutes or less!

sous vide chicken breast

If you’ve ever been in a situation where you need to defrost chicken quickly, you’ll be happy to know that there is a sous vide method that can help. This method is especially helpful if you are short on time or if you need to defrost a large quantity of chicken breast for a meal.

Sous vide is a French term that means “under vacuum”. In sous vide cooking, food is sealed in a plastic bag and then cooked in a water bath at a low temperature. This method of cooking helps to retain the moisture and flavors of the food.

While the sous vide is helpful for cooking foods, you can also use it to thaw and defrost frozen foods. You’ll simply add frozen chicken breast to a freezer-safe bag with as much air removed as possible.

Then, set your sous vide to its lowest temperature and place it in a cold water bath. The circulating cold water will defrost it in no time so you can use it to cook your favorite dishes!

🐔 Ingredients & Tools

  • Sous Vide – I’m a big fan of the Anova brand of sous vide equipment, however you can use any immersion circulator you enjoy.
  • Large Pot – You’ll need a large pot or water bath container that will fully submerge the circulating portion of the sous vide as well as fully submerge the chicken breast.
  • Freezer Safe Zip Top Bag – A freezer safe bag is best as it is stronger and can hold up to varying temperatures.
  • Frozen Chicken Breast – You can also use this method to thaw chicken thighs, chicken wings, or chicken drumsticks that are frozen.

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💧How To Defrost Chicken Using Sous Vide

  1. Fill a large pot with enough cold water to cover the immersion circulator and to fully cover the bagged frozen chicken breast.
  2. Set the immersion circulator in the pot and set it to its lowest temperature.
  3. Place the frozen chicken breast in a freezer-safe zip-top bag and remove as much air as possible.
  4. Submerge the bag of chicken in the pot of water. The chicken should be fully submerged. You can place a weight on it or a heavy kitchen tool to make sure it stays down.
  5. Turn on the sous vide and let it run for 30-45 minutes or until the chicken is fully defrosted. The time it takes will depend on the size and thickness of the frozen chicken.
  6. Remove the chicken from the bag and cook according to your recipe.
frozen chicken breast in package

👩🏻‍🍳 Sous Vide Defrosting Tips

  1. If you are defrosting a large quantity of chicken, you can place the bags of frozen chicken in a very large pot or container. You can also use a special sous vide water bath container.
  2. You can also use the sous vide to thaw other frozen foods such as meat, fish, and vegetables.
  3. When thawing with sous vide, make sure that the food is completely submerged in the water for even defrosting.
  4. If you are not going to use the chicken right away, place it in a sealed container and store it in the refrigerator. It will stay fresh for up to two days.

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❔FAQ

Can I use the sous vide to cook frozen chicken?

Yes, you can use the sous vide to cook frozen chicken. Simply add it to a freezer-safe bag with as much air removed as possible and set the immersion circulator to 165F until the chicken is defrosted and cooked through. See above for instructions.

What is the water displacement method?

The water displacement method is a simple way to remove air from a plastic bag. You’ll need a zip-top bag and some water. Put the food in the bag and seal it shut, leaving as much air in the bag as possible. Dunk the sealed bag into a pot of water, making sure that all of the food is submerged. The water will force the air out of the bag. When you remove the bag from the pot, seal it shut and voila! The food is now vacuum sealed.

Can I use this method to cook other types of frozen food?

Yes, you can use this method to thaw and cook other types of frozen food. Just make sure that the food is fully submerged in water and that you set the immersion circulator to the correct temperature.

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How To Defrost Chicken With Sous Vide

If you're looking for a quick and easy way to defrost chicken breast, try using your sous vide! Using an immersion circulator, you can defrost frozen chicken breast in 45 minutes or less!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Course: Sous Vide
Cuisine: American
Keyword: defrosting with sous vide, how to sous vide chicken, thawing with sous vide
Servings: 4 servings

Equipment

  • Sous Vide
  • Large Pot
  • Freezer Safe Zip Top Bag

Ingredients

  • 1 pound chicken breast frozen

Instructions

  • Fill a large pot with enough cold water to cover the immersion circulator and to fully cover the bagged frozen chicken breast.
  • Set the immersion circulator in the pot and set it to its lowest temperature.
  • Place the frozen chicken breast in a freezer-safe zip-top bag and remove as much air as possible.
  • Submerge the bag of chicken in the pot of water. The chicken should be fully submerged. You can place a weight on it or a heavy kitchen tool to make sure it stays down.
  • Turn on the sous vide and let it run for 30-45 minutes or until the chicken is fully defrosted. The time it takes will depend on the size and thickness of the frozen chicken.
  • Remove the chicken from the bag and cook according to your recipe.

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