Baked Chicken Breast

Super simple but so delicious and healthy.

You Need:

  • Chicken Breasts with or without the bone behind them.
  • A tablespoon of garlic paste.
  • Salt and pepper as per your preference.
  • Extra virgin olive oil. Must be adequate for liberally coating the chicken.
  • Parchment paper.
  • Both the flat and the grill tray for baking.

Rub the olive oil, garlic paste, pepper and salt on the chicken. Let it marinate for about twenty minutes.

Wrap the chicken in parchment paper. Use two sheets if you need. Make a small hole on top. Place this on the flat tray.

Bake in a preheated oven at 220C for twenty minutes.

Remove. Carefully open the parchment paper. Leave the paper on the flat tray. Keep the chicken on the grill tray. Keep the inner side facing up. Put both trays in the oven and bake for another fifteen minutes. Keeping the flat tray below the grill tray will prevent the juices that drip from ruining your oven. Leaving parchment paper on top of the flat tray makes clean up easy.

After the fifteen minutes, turn the chicken so the smooth side faces up. Use only top heat and grill for five minutes. Check for internal temperature of 75C at the thickest part using a meat thermometer.

Let it rest for about five minutes before slicing.

Garnish with fresh herbs.

Baked: Garlic Breaded Chicken

PhotoGrid_1496068136955

Chicken legs coated in beaten eggs with lots of chopped garlic. Literally massage this into the legs.

Roll the legs across seasoned breadcrumbs. I used just pepper and salt but you can add any dry herbs you like.

Grill on a rack at 200 Celsius for 40 mins in all. At half way point you MUST turn them over The legs hide inside them a vein and as it cooks a bloody clot will form and following the path set by gravity become a smudge on the bottom part. Turning the chicken around will make it disappear and also cook the chicken in an even manner.

Do not that you also fry the chicken in oil. Do not make slits if you plan to do so. The fried chicken will taste superior to the baked one. But the baked version will trump it in terms of calories.

 

Baked Chicken with Fenugreek Leaves

And trust me….the bitterness level of Fenugreek is greatly diminished in this recipe provided you use all the ingredients.

Wash and dry the fenugreek leaves. Its best if you use a salad spinner.
Spread them in a baking dish.

Place two chicken breast on it.

Season with salt, pepper, zatar powder, chat masala…anything you want.

Spread some mayonnaise and crumble some pizza cheese on it.

Bake for 40-45 mins at 200 Celsius.
If there is a little liquid collected at the base, then bake for another 5-10 mins with only top heat on.

Healthy Lunch boxes take less time.
Enjoy.