For the weeknight dinners, a baked chicken breast act as an unsung hero. Cooking chicken breast in the oven is far easier than cooking it on the stove—even the pickiest member of your family will be pleased for sure. Try these versatile recipes on a weeknight and serve your dish with roasted butternut squash, sauteed spinach, mashed potatoes, rice pilaf, steamed broccoli, or roasted sweet potatoes— possibilities have no end.
Procedure for cooking chicken breast in the oven
The procedure for cooking chicken breast in the oven is given in detail, scroll it down!
Step One: Marinate the Chicken Breasts
If you marinate your chicken beforehand, then it will make your chicken tender and moist during baking. For this baked chicken recipe, a special Greek-inspired marinade of lemon juice, olive oil, fresh herbs, and garlic. Use high-quality olive oil for getting the best flavor. Using fresh oregano will add an earthy, and bright punch to the baked chicken that is not possible to get through dried herbs.
The main ingredient for marination is- any type of acid like lemon juice or vinegar—as it helps in breaking down the muscle fibers present in meat so that oil along with other ingredients can show their magic. But, you don’t have to marinate the chicken for long-hours as the acid has the capability to cook meat prematurely. For tenderizing the chicken breast and infusing flavors in it, 20 minutes marination is more than enough. Lastly, add a good quantity of salt will make your chicken more juicy and tasty. Combine all the ingredients of the marinade in a large bowl and put chicken breasts in it for coating. Now place it in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 minutes.
Step Two: Bake the Chicken Breasts
When your chicken breast gets marinated, then at 435 degrees, preheat your oven. Next step is to select the baking vessel. A ceramic or glass baking dish works perfectly, although ceramic dish possesses good browning abilities. If you are baking 2 chicken breasts then the baking dish of 11” x 7” is enough. While 13” x 9” baking dish is good enough for 3 or more chicken breasts.
Next put the marinated chicken breast in the baking dish, and add the leftover marinade over the top of the chicken to add flavor. Bake it until the marinated chicken changes color or use a meat thermometer to check the inside temperature of chicken to be 165 degrees. Baking time would take only 20 to 25 minutes depending on the quantity or size of the chicken breasts. Once you take the chicken out of the oven, let it rest for about 10 minutes (don’t forget to do this) before making slices and serving it.
Step Three: Get Saucy
At the final step- use some sauce on baked chicken to brighten it up as it looks bit naked on the plate. As the fact is, your chicken becomes tastier by the addition of sauce. Variety of sauces can be prepared at home—just spread or drizzle them over the baked chicken breast- or put the sauce into the ramekin and dip chicken in it.