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Kid Approved Baked Chicken Breast



This baked chicken recipe is by far my families very favorite, it is hard to have leftovers to use the next day for salads or lunch because they will eat every single piece! The recipe was adapted from @gimmesomeoven who has a beautiful site and some amazing recipes. You can check them here: http://goo.gl/TzTL0O

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, that have been pounded to even thickness and brined in saltwater

  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter or olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (I prefer smoked paprika)

DIRECTIONS:

*To brine your chicken breasts, simply fill a large bowl with 1 quart of warm water and 1/4 cup kosher salt. Stir to combine until most of the salt is absorbed. Add the chicken breasts and let them sit in the mixture to brine for 15 minutes. Or you can also also cover the bowl and refrigerate for up to 6 hours. Remove the chicken breasts from the brine, rinse them with cold water, then pat them dry with some paper towels and pound breast even.

Heat oven to 450 degrees F.

Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in a large baking dish. Brush on both sides with melted butter or EVOO

In a separate small bowl, whisk the salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika until combined.

Then sprinkle the mixture evenly over the chicken on both sides.

Bake for 18 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink. If you use a cooking thermometer to measure the temperature thickest part of the breast, it should be between 160-170 degrees F.

Once the chicken is cooked, remove the pan from the oven and loosely cover the pan with aluminum foil. Let the chicken rest for at least 5-10 minutes. Then serve immediately.

Follow these steps and I promise you will not regret it!

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