Chicken really is the winner’s dinner. Americans are consuming more chicken than beef for the first time in 100 years, and we get why. Chicken is cheaper and just as delectable when you know what you’re doing in the kitchen. Baked chicken might be one of the most nutritious, cheap, and filling meals a meat-eater can cook at dinnertime.Unfortunately, after decades of people overcooking chicken breasts, this particular dish has a bad reputation. Just follow these easy tips for baking chicken breasts and you won’t regret your decision to ditch the rest of the cumbersome bird for a quick dinner dish that doesn’t require hours of roasting.
First, treat those chicken breasts with respect. They need lots of seasoning, especially salt, to draw out that good chicken flavor. Next, remember that chicken breasts lack fat, which is why they tend to dry out in the oven. Drape a piece of parchment over top to act as a kind of “skin,” keeping your chicken breasts juicy. Finally, rub your baking dish with butter or olive oil to keep the chicken from sticking, and preheat the pan in the oven.
Follow these simple tips for a perfectly cooked chicken breast. If you need some baked chicken breast recipe inspiration, check out a few of our favorite picks from The Daily Meal’s collection.
Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu
Cristina De Guzman
Baked Panko Crusted Chicken Breast
Baked Chicken Topped with Cranberry Sauce
Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese
Whole Food Market
Easy Feta-Chicken Bake
Pumpkin Stuffed Chicken Breast
Between the Bread
Ricotta Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.