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All Purpose Chicken

on July 5, 2012

Next time you need cooked chicken “at the ready” for any recipe, try this roasting technique and you’ll come out with moist, flavorful meat. I cube it up for chicken salad, shred it for tortilla soup, and slice it for sandwiches! If you’d like to add a little flavor, slip some herbs, lemon zest, and chopped garlic under the skin before putting it into the oven.

All Purpose Chicken


2 Bone in, skin on, split chicken breast

Olive oil



Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. While the oven is heating set the chicken on a foil lined baking sheet so it can come up to room temperature.  Don’t worry, a good 20-25 minutes is perfectly safe. Next, drizzle each breast with olive oil and sprinkle of salt and pepper. Be sure to season well, since you will end up taking the skin off anyway. Put the chicken into the oven and cook for 35-45 minutes, or until fully cooked.

Remove the sheet pan from the oven and let the chicken cool. Wrap up in foil and store in the fridge until needed. To serve, peel off the skin and remove the breast from the bone using a sharp knife. Depending on the application you can cube it, shred it, slice it, or eat it whole.


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