You get a 5 rating with less than 10 minutes of work (5 minutes if you’re quick). It’s got garlic. It’s got spice. It’s got crunch. And almost no work. And lastly, it’s got loads of tasty goodness.
Editor’s Note: Originally Published May 25, 2018. Last updated August 13, 2018, with re-edited photos and text.
I needed an oven based recipe since I didn’t have the time to pay attention to the grill today. I REALLY needed the make it, bake it and eat it thing tonight. And those chicken breasts needed to go.
I used some baking powder to increase the crispness. A trick from Cooks Illustrated although I have modified the technique. I added some cayenne for the touch of spice I wanted but mostly it was the garlic for the wife, the garlic fiend.
This is so good that it will become our everyday roasted chicken recipe. It can’t get much better than that.
Recipe Notes for Oven Baked Crispy Garlic Split Chicken Breast
Notes on trimming the chicken.
If there is a “secret,” it is how to prepare a split chicken breast for cooking.
Step one is cutting off the attached rib section. There is no meat, it takes seasoning and tends to burn.
Step two is to cut it into two or three pieces. Trying to cook the whole thing at one will almost always burn it on the outside before reaching a safe 165 internal temperature.
There is more surface area for seasoning. And the serving size is more appropriate.
What’s with the baking powder?
The baking powder will pull water out of things like chicken skin. I find it works fairly quickly. I do suggest using aluminum free baking powder. I just never buy baking powder with aluminum which many can taste.
Preheat oven to 400 convection or 425 degrees conventional oven.
Pat dry chicken then trim the chicken of any trim-able fat and remove the rib area and discard.
Cut the chicken into chunks. The normal size ones in half and the super humungous ones into thirds.
Prepare a baking pan with aluminum foil, a baking rack and spray with PAM.
Combine spices and then sprinkle and rub on all surfaces. Place on rack with larger pieces in the corners. And thinner edges to center.
Bake until internal temp of 165. About 35 minutes depending on your oven and thickness of the chicken.
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Originally Published May 25, 2018.
Last updated August 13, 2018.