In case you haven’t read my blog yet, I’m on Day 4 of a 10 day Clean Eating Challenge. I purchased 2 bone in skin on chicken breasts this weekend with every intention of making them for dinner. Here it was Thursday morning and they were still in the refrigerator. I had some extra time this morning so I thought it was a good idea to cook the chicken this morning, so I didn’t have to worry about it for dinner tonight.
Now, lets talk chicken for a second, I do not typically buy chicken on a bone or chicken with skin on it. You are talking to the girl who used gloves in the kitchen when handling meat, and the idea of eating skin or bone doesnt sit well with me at all! However, I went to a cooking class over the weekend where they cooked a whole chicken, and talked about how the skin protects the meat from drying out (who likes dry chicken..yuck) and the bone adds flavor while cooking. Soooo, I decided to give chicken on a bone with skin a try (still only the breast I wont eat dark meat)
I pulled 2 chicken breasts out of the refrigerator this morning seasoned them with salt, pepper and garlic powder and left them to rest on the counter while I went and cooked my breakfast and the oven warmed up. I don’t have a precise measurement for you on the seasoning, its really season to taste, but make sure you season both sides!
In a small glass mixing bowl I poured some olive oil and added fresh crushed garlic (about 2 cloves) to the oil, mixed it up and brushed all sides of the chicken and the roasting pan with the garlic infused olive oil.
After the chicken has rested about 15 minutes, put it in a 400 degree preheated oven and cook for about 25-30 minutes. The skin will start to turn brown and crisp up. The biggest thing to remember is not to cook the chicken too long or it will dry out.
This morning after I pulled it out of the oven, I put it in the fridge with the intent of shredding it this evening for dinner and eating it alongside some roasted veggies! There are still plenty of leftovers for me to add to my salad tomorrow for lunch!
This is one of the easiest chicken recipes I’ve made. It turned out moist, healthy, flavorful and its versatile enough to use in different recipes (enchiladas, salads, served along roasted veggies, serve the breast with sweet potato, the options are endless)