Perfectly Baked Chicken

New York City apartments are not conducive to broiling anything. Every time I go to bake steak or chicken in the oven I welcome the heavenly smell of cooking meat with the shrill ring of my smoke alarm. I guess smoke circulating in an apartment the size of a dorm room will lead to some issues. Creative as I tend to be, I devised a solution:

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Whoever said fans are only useful in the summertime?

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Anyways, this recipe may not prevent your smoke alarm from going off, but it is a surefire way to make some delicious baked chicken breast. It can easily be made in the time it takes to watch an episode of Modern Family, and lean protein is a great way to ensure you are consuming a healthy diet. Just match the chicken with your side dishes of choice, and viola! A perfect, well-balanced meal.

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Perfectly Baked Chicken Breast

Ingredients

  • Chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking pan with aluminum foil (you’ll thank me for this later: easy clean up!)
  2. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of chicken breasts.
  3. Brush chicken breasts with olive oil and place them in your baking pan
  4. Bake in the oven at 350 F for 30-45 minutes. The chicken will be nice and golden when it is done, and if you are unsure just cut into one of the thicker chicken breasts to check for doneness.
  5. When cooked, remove the chicken breasts from the oven and let them sit for 5 minutes before serving (this ensures the chicken absorbs all the juices, and cools down so it doesn’t burn your mouth).

This chicken is delicious and perfect as a dinner entreé, or as an addition to salads or sandwiches. It can be topped with a sauce or salsa, or chopped and put into a pasta dish. Quick, healthy, and versatile: perfect!

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