How to Bake Chicken in Sauce

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Baking chicken in sauce is an easy and flavorful way to cook dinner at the end of a long day. Depending on the sauce you choose, it can also be healthier than cooking on the stove or deep-frying because baking uses less fat. Choose a pesto, teriyaki, Alfredo or tomato sauce; the method is the same, so just change the sauce to suit your mood. Boneless chicken breasts with and without skin work equally well in this preparation.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Plastic wrap
  • Small skillet
  • Baking dish
  • Olive oil
  • Your favorite sauce
  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken breasts between two pieces of plastic wrap. Smooth any air bubbles out toward the edges.

  • Pound the chicken breasts flat with a small skillet. Aim for uniform thickness rather than any specific measurement. Flattening the chicken allows it to bake evenly and prevents dry, overcooked edges and a raw, pink interior.

  • Rub olive oil lightly all over the interior of a baking dish. Place the pounded chicken breasts in the dish. It's OK if the chicken breasts touch slightly, but overlap them as little as possible.

  • Pour your favorite sauce over the chicken breasts. Spread out the sauce so that it covers the chicken evenly. This will help keep the chicken moist as it bakes.

  • Bake for 30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and no pink remains. Serve immediately over pasta, rice, or vegetables.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you're multiplying this recipe for four or more people, use a second baking dish to ensure that there's enough space for the chicken to cook thoroughly. If the chicken overlaps too much, it will take longer to cook.
  • Many store-bought sauces contain a lot of salt, so you may not need to add more to the chicken.

References

  • "The Professional Chef (Eighth Edition)," The Culinary Institute of America; 2006
  • Photo Credit Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images
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