Easy Baked Chicken Breast Recipe Variations
Baked chicken has been a childhood favorite of mine since I could remember. Whether it was Italian sausage or simple baked chicken fajitas, I enjoyed each bite. In adulthood, keep on making more baked chicken, not just for the taste, but for several more reasons! Here are my top 10 reasons why:
Low fat: The juiciest, most flavorful chicken of its kind. It has the tenderness of skinless turkey breast and the tangy flavor of boneless, skinless chicken. Use the skin-on boneless chicken breasts to keep them moist and low calorie. To give the baked chicken an excellent texture, use a bread maker (or preferably your high-speed blender) to liquefy the chicken. For best results, let the chicken rest in the juices for about half an hour before frying. Make sure to flip once for delicious, juicy perfection.
Juicy: This is especially true with the boneless, skinless variety. They are naturally juicy with a delicious texture that makes baked chicken a delectable meal. If you’re like me, once you put this cut of meat on your bones, you don’t want to get rid of it. The heart is so tasty that you will want to eat it right away. Plus, the juiciness of the chicken pulls out some of the moisture from the bread while adding a nice crisp texture that cuts through the richness of the pork.
Classic: There’s no reason not to love baked chicken marinades from a simple vinegar-based marinade, which is incredibly easy to make (or purchase), to a delicious dry rub (great for winter sports). I particularly love using olive oil as a marinade. It brings out the natural sweetness of the bird, infusing it with a rich, almost candy-like flavor. Other great seasonings include basil, thyme, oregano, Cayenne pepper, ginger, garlic, cumin, Rosemary, lemon juice, celery, and more. Can find these seasonings in any store or supermarket and even in specialty health food stores.
Italian seasoning: Italian seasoning goes beyond marinades and rubs into the meat itself. It also acts as a liquid thickener. By using a little olive oil, Italian seasoning can thicken soups, sauces, and purees. Because it is mostly salt, it works wonderfully as table salt, as well.
Garlic: Home-baked chicken recipes don’t get much better than garlic. The only drawback is that the intense flavors of garlic can become quite substantial if not used sparingly. That is why it is a good idea to use freshly chopped garlic cloves in your recipe. If using fresh garlic, crush and mix with enough water to form a paste. Season with enough salt and pepper for your taste, and then use as you usually would.
Dry Chicken Breasts: Although this dish requires somewhat more time to prepare, it is one of the most popular variations of the all-time favorite baked chicken recipe. If you are looking to add flavor and moistness to your recipe, dry chicken breasts are a great addition. Dry breasts have a higher fat content than their fresh counterparts, but they do not have the skin. This makes them juicier and more delicious. To make this dish a breeze, you can slice them and lay them on a pan while cooking them in low heat.
Juicy baked chicken breast is one of the tastiest dishes you could create at home. If you’re ready to add some extra flavor to your cooking, try some of these easy baked chicken breast recipe variations. What makes each one different is the ingredients used and the cooking method. No matter how you change things up, you can’t change the fact that this dish will always be your favorite. Whether you roast, bake or broil your chicken, you’re sure to end up with a satisfying meal that is both healthy and tasty.