Baked Chicken is a Good Cheap Eat

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Baked chicken is one of the simplest, but one of the most comforting of meals. It’s also pretty economical when you buy bone-in chicken pieces.

platter of baked chicken, salad, and bowl of rice

Baked Chicken is quite possibly 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.

I remember my mom making it just this way when I was growing up. The skin would crisp up and that mix of salt and pepper and garlic powder with the crunchy outsides was so very yummy. I confess, we may or may not have fought over chicken skin.

I know my kids have!

One of the great things about bone-in chicken pieces is that the chicken cooks up tender and juicy, not dry as boneless skinless baked chicken often does. Recently I’ve been able to get chicken pieces on sale for about $1.99/pound, sometimes less.

How to make baked chicken in the oven

This method for Baked Chicken is super easy!

Simply season the chicken, and slide the pan into the oven, accompanied by several foil wrapped potatoes. Try these easy crockpot baked potatoes for another good cheap eat!

Serve with an easy Tossed Salad and you have an easy, inexpensive, stick-to-your-ribs kind of meal.

How to make this baked chicken recipe ahead of time

You can even prepare the chicken in the morning and store the pan, unbaked and uncovered in the refrigerator. The coolness of the ice box along with the spices helps the skin to dry out a little and creates a brown, crispy crust upon baking. Plus, make-ahead prep also helps alleviate the witching hour madness. Just come home and slide the chicken in the oven.

platter of baked chicken

How to make this good and cheap:

Here are some of the strategies you can use to make this recipe more economical:

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Baked Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
Baked chicken is one of the simplest, but one of the most comforting of meals. It's also pretty economical when you buy bone-in chicken pieces.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken
Servings: 8 to 12 servings
Calories: 237 kcal
Author: Jessica Fisher
  • 6 to 8 bone-in chicken pieces
  • fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • garlic powder
  1. Preheat the oven to 375°.
  2. Line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Arrange the chicken so that there’s some space between the pieces. Season the chicken generously with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
  3. Bake for 45-60 minutes or until juices run clear and skin is crispy and golden brown. Remove the chicken from the oven and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
  4. Baked chicken is wonderful to keep on hand in the freezer. Chop the cooked and cooled meat and store it in 2-cup portions, airtight, in the freezer to use in recipes, fill sandwiches or burritos, or to top salads.
Nutrition Facts
Baked Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 237 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 106mg35%
Sodium 83mg4%
Potassium 222mg6%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 18g36%
Vitamin A 85IU2%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.



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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…


    • Jessica says

      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

    • Kurt says

      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!!



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