Baked Chicken Breast



Chicken breast is a good source of protein that is lower in saturated fat than other meats. It's also super versatile. You can pair chicken breast with a few healthy side dishes to create a quick, delicious, and healthy meal! Keeping the spices simple can make this recipe great for meal prep. Cook your chicken on Sunday, and you'll have an easy start to a weekday lunch or dinner.


Serves 8


Ingredients:

2 pounds chicken breast


Choose your marinade:

Italian

1/4 olive oil

1 T Italian seasoning

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp black pepper

1/4 tsp salt


Greek

1/2 cup greek yogurt

1/4 cup olive oil

zest of 1 lemon

1/3 cup (or juice from 1) lemon

4-5 cloves garlic

2 T oregano

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp black pepper




Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

  2. Add your choice of marinade ingredients to a bowl.

  3. Remove visible fat from the chicken breasts. At this point, you have the choice to cut your chicken into smaller pieces or pound them to your desired thickness. Consistent sized pieces ensures even cooking.

  4. Toss chicken in the marinade. Chicken can be prepared and refrigerated at this point for up to 24 hours prior to cooking.

  5. Place chicken on a non-stick baking pan and bake 20-30 minutes (until internal temperature reaches 165°F). If your chicken breasts vary in size, consider checking the smaller pieces first and removing them from the oven prior to the larger pieces, which will take longer to reach 165°F.

  6. Remove pan from the oven and let sit 3-5 minutes before serving.


Nutrition Facts (approx.): 1 serving (4 oz)

Calories: 248

Total Fat: 12 g

Saturated Fat: 2.5 g

Sodium: 161 mg

Total Carbohydrate: 0 g

Added Sugar: 0 g

Dietary Fiber: 0 g

Total Protein: 35 g


Make it a meal!


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