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How to Cook Chicken in the Microwave

How to Cook Chicken in the Microwave

Chicken cooked in the microwave placed on a white plate Image Provided by Steve Johnson
Why spend time baking chicken in the oven when you can use the microwave to cook meals in half the time? Whether you consider your microwave a popcorn machine or you have experience cooking entrees in this appliance, you can easily create a great meal with the right kitchen tools and these simple steps.
Chicken cooked in the microwave placed on a white plate Image Provided by Steve Johnson
Things You’ll Need
  • Microwave
  • Medium casserole dish
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thawed)
  • Garlic, salt, and pepper (to taste)
  • ½ cup chicken broth
  • Meat thermometer

Easy Microwave Chicken:



Combine all ingredients in a casserole dish.

Make sure to use only boneless, skinless chicken, as the bones would lengthen the cooking time by quite a bit. Place the chicken in a single layer in your baking dish. Add enough garlic, salt, and pepper over the chicken to give it flavor and pour the chicken broth over the seasoned breasts. Make sure to use a microwave-safe baking dish; metal should never be used for microwave oven cooking. Read How to Tell If Something Is Microwave Safe.


Cover the dish and cook on high for 4 minutes.

Each microwave cooks at a different temperature, so you may have to monitor even the best microwave oven to ensure that the chicken cooks evenly. Read our Microwave Buying Guide to compare microwave capacity and performance.


Remove the dish from the microwave and uncover.

Be careful during microwave oven cooking that you don’t touch the dish with your bare hands, as it can be very hot. Be careful of hot steam when you remove the lid, too. Turn the chicken pieces over and cover the baking dish again before placing it back in the microwave.


Cook chicken another 5 minutes and remove from the microwave.

Check to see if the chicken is cooked all the way through. Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature; the meat should be at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit and no longer pink.


If the chicken is not done, continue cooking at 1-minute intervals until it is done.

If the chicken is done, remove it from the microwave and let it sit for 2 minutes before serving. Cooking in a microwave can free up some time for quickly preparing a salad or some vegetables for dinner, too.


Refrigerate any leftovers immediately after eating.

Eat the refrigerated leftover chicken within a couple of days. Chicken cooked in a microwave is excellent for salads and casseroles.

Food Safety Warning

Make sure the chicken is cooked thoroughly when cooking in a microwave, as eating raw meat can cause illness. Even the best microwave oven may heat food unevenly, so make sure that all parts of the chicken are cooked.