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Perfectly Cooked Chicken

Posted Oct 19 2012 8:00am

Perfectly Cooked Chicken

Entrees , Firefighter Friday October 19, 2012

Happy Firefighter Friday everyone!

We are almost through October and into the official holiday season! It’s so sad to me that it all seems to go by so fast! I spend the whole year waiting for October and Halloween! Is anyone watching AMC’s The Walking Dead? My husband and his crew watch it, and recently I’ve been getting into it as well! I’m not one that is too scared or enthralled by zombies, but I have enjoyed quite a few zombie-themed movies. I get my greatest scares from demonic forces and paranormal-type phenomenon. Speaking of which, is anyone seeing Paranormal Activity 4 this weekend?! We’re thinking of getting someone to sit with our kids for a couple of hours while we go check it out. We’ve seen the other three together and are hoping to keep the tradition going!

Today’s recipe is one that is super easy! I’ve never quite been a wiz on how to properly cook burgers and chicken. Chili, I know…..casseroles, I’m good…..spaghetti with meat sauce, no problem!….but a properly cooked, juicy, tender chicken breast…um, not so much.

However, after some trial and error and a few failures along the way, I think I’ve found the best way to perfectly bake your chicken breasts!

See the juices running off the board?….

I like to cut these up into bite-size pieces and add some to my salads. I also use it to make quesadillas. Just saute some onions, garlic, and bell peppers in a bit of coconut oil and add in the chicken. Sandwich the mix, along with some cheese and spinach, between two tortillas, and pop it in the oven for a few minutes until the cheese is melty and bubbly! :-) This whole wheat tortilla  recipe is  easy and delicious! Whether in the form of a high protein snack or an addition to your favorite salad, it’s always convenient to have some cooked chicken on hand!….unless you’re vegan. :-)


4 chicken breasts, about 1/2 pound each

4 t. butter, room temperature

salt and pepper

Place the top oven rack on the second highest rung. Preheat the oven to 360 degrees. Rinse and pat dry each breast. Rub a teaspoon of butter onto the top of each piece of chicken. Sprinkle salt and pepper atop each to your liking. I also like this spice blend from Whole Foods….

Place the chicken onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake for about 38 minutes. Let rest for about 10 minutes before cutting into the meat, as this will allow the juices to settle and not spill out upon cutting.

Perfectly tender, perfectly moist…just perfect.

What food do you struggle with cooking/baking correctly?

Do you like zombie movies/shows?

Like I wrote, I’ve never been a big fan of zombies….my husband, however, is perpetually preparing for the Zombie Apocalypse. :-)



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