Good. Cheap. Eat: Baked Chicken


This is my kids’ favorite way for me to cook chicken. And it is probably the absolutely easiest method of preparation. It’s simple and tasty, and definitely not fussy.

Bone-in chicken breasts often go on sale for about $.99/pound. I rarely see them for less, but I consider that a good price. For about $3 or $4 I can bake up enough for our entire family of 8 as well as have some for chicken salad the next day.

Simply season the chicken, and slide the pan into the oven, accompanied by several foil wrapped potatoes. Serve with a side salad and you have an easy, inexpensive, stick-to-your ribs kind of meal. Your sons and husbands will love it. Promise.

You can even prepare the chicken in the morning and store the pan, uncovered in the refrigerator. The coolness of the ice box along with the spices helps the skin to dry out a little and create a brown, crispy crust. Plus, make ahead prep also helps alleviate the witching hour, that time of day when everyone is restless, hungry and grumpy.


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  1. Rebecca Parton says:

    Thanks, Jessica. It was good…a little dry, though. Do you have any suggestions for me for next time? I live in high altitude and the climate is very dry here…

    Rebecca

    • You could try reducing the cooking time so that it’s not overcooked? I’m not sure about high altitudes. I live at the beach! LOL

    • You should brine the chicken in advance. Kosher salt in water. Soak the chicken in the fridge in the mixture for 4 to 12 hours before hand.

  2. jennifer hodges says:

    Hi! Maybe it is just my computer, but I am not able to print this recipe out. Just wanted you to know. Making it tonight – thanks for sharing!!

    Jennifer

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