After seeing some Facebook friends and their failed attempts at baked chicken I decided to share my method. What I do is no secret nor is it that extraordinary – it just works. This method allows you to add your own sauces and seasonings and makes it easy to avoid overcooking. Check it out.
-Preheat the oven to 400°
-Trim the fat from your (thawed) chicken breast and brush on olive oil
-Sprinkle on salt and pepper
-Place on baking dish and cook for 20 minutes
-When time is up, remove from oven and turn. Cover in desired sauce.
-Place back in oven and cook for 10 minutes or until 155°
-Remove from oven and cover with foil for 5 minutes before serving
This seems basic and stupid but I assure you it is stupid-proof. When I am unsure about an oven’s integrity I take the temperature of the meat during flipping and 5 minutes through the final cooking stage. This gives me a good idea of when the bird will be done. Of course, every oven is different and cooking times could vary but I stand by the 20 minute initial cooking time. Also, I always use Extra Virgin Olive Oil because I am too cheap to keep Olive Oil and Extra Virgin.
Like I said, this is simple and extremely versatile. The photos included show the chicken with teryaki rice and cook vegatables – a ridiculously easy meal. I also like to almost butterfly the chicken breasts and stuff them with good stuff and then toothpick them closed. Minimal effort for maximum return.