Tips on How to Cook Chicken Breast in the Oven
Tips on How to Cook Chicken Breast in Oven
Skinless, boneless chicken breast can be very darn delicious if you know how to cook the chicken breasts in oven. They don’t have to be dry, and bland. You can make them tender, moist and full of flavor.
Cooking chicken breast without making the meat dry or tasteless isn’t easy. That’s why knowing the correct way on how to cook the chicken breast in oven is important. You’ve to use the constant, surrounding heat of the oven, and cover the chicken breast with parchment paper, before putting the breast in the oven to cook. The parchment paper will function as a skin of the chicken, protecting and preventing the meat from getting overcooked, which makes it dry. The chicken breasts will baste in its own juices; ultimately you get juicy, tender chicken breasts that are succulent and delicious. This way of cooking chicken breast is amazingly simple, versatile and works every time. You can also use the same technique to cook several chicken breasts at the same time for the whole family. If you’ve struggled to cook chicken breasts in the oven without making the meat dry and tasteless, then try this method.
Here’s how to cook chicken breast in oven in just a few simple steps:
Ingredients You’ll Need
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts – 1 or more pieces
- Olive oil or butter
- Pepper and other spices for seasoning.
Equipment You’ll Need
- Baking dish
- Parchment paper
Instructions on How to Cook Chicken Breast in the Oven
- Preheat the oven to 400°F and ready the pan: Heat the oven to 400°F and place the rack in the middle. Coat the pan and one side of the parchment paper with olive oil or butter. It will prevent the chicken breast from getting stuck with the pan.
- Prepare the chicken breast: Pat the chicken breasts to dry, and rub it with some olive oil or butter. Sprinkle it salt, pepper or any other spices or other seasonings you like.
- Put the chicken breasts in the baking dish: Now, put the chicken breasts in the baking dish, with a little space in between them. Tuck herbs or lemon wedges around the chicken for more flavors, if you desire.
- Cover the chicken breasts with the parchment paper: Cover the chicken breast with the oily side of the parchment paper. Don’t forget to tuck in the paper edges in the pan and apply some pressure on the parchment paper, so it snugly fits around the chicken. Before cooking the chicken make sure that the parchment paper has fully covered the chicken breasts.
- Bake the chicken breasts until it’s 165°F: Bake the chicken breasts until they look fully opaque all over and the meat registers 165°F on an instant thermometer. The total cooking time is typically 30 to 40 minutes. However, to prevent the chicken from overcooking start checking after 20 minutes.
- Time to serve: You can serve the chicken breasts to your family and friends immediately. You can also let it cool down for a few minutes, or can refrigerate them for up to one week to keep the taste intact.