simple baked chicken breasts
Chicken breast recipes are one of the most search recipe online. While most people would dismiss chicken breast as a boring piece of meat that is usually dry, some prefer it due to its high nutritional value. It might be true that chicken breast are a bit dry compared to other cuts of the chicken, however, with proper preparation even the most novice of cooks can turn this piece of chicken into a wonderful dish.
Chicken breast has a lean white meat. What is even more interesting is that it has less skin and bones compared to legs or chicken wings. In terms of protein choice, chicken breast is also pretty affordable compared to other alternatives.
When it comes to cooking style, chicken breast is also very versatile. It can be roasted, grilled, baked, and can be done in almost any cooking style. Cooking chicken breasts can be very tricky. When this piece of meat is cooked the wrong way, you might end up with a tough, rubbery, dry, and almost flavorless meat. However, when done the right way, it is juicy, succulent, tender and delicious.
4 skinless, boneless chicken cut in half
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon sea salt
a pinch of pepper or any Creole seasoning to taste
a tablespoon of water
First step is to preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. While preheating the oven, take the chicken breast out and rub it with olive oil. Sprinkle both sides of the chicken breast with salt, pepper, and your choice of seasoning. Place the chicken breast in a broiler pan.
Bake the chicken in the preheated oven. Bake it for 10 minutes and then flip it to the other side and cook for another 10 minutes or until the center no longer shows pink and that the juices run clear. An instant read thermometer should be handy at this point. Check the internal temperature of the chicken and it should be ready when it reaches at least 165 degrees F.
Finally, remove the chicken from the pan and let it rest for about 10 to 15 minutes before slicing it. Pour a small amount of water into the pan and scrap all the browned bits of food off the bottom using a wooden spoon. Add a little bit of salt to taste and serve this alongside the chicken.
You can use an aluminum foil to keep the food moist while baking it. It also helps in preserving the juices and makes the chicken a little juicier. The foil also allows the chicken to cook evenly. For the chicken coat, additional ingredients can be added for more interesting tastes. Spices like chili powder can at a tinge of spiciness into the chicken. While garlic powder and onion powder can essentially add taste and aroma to the chicken. It is also highly recommended to use Extra Virgin olive oil rather than the ordinary ones, as it has a distinct and unique taste.