How to Bake a Half Breast of Chicken

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A chicken breast is tender, white meat that is versatile enough to use in a multitude of meals. A whole chicken breast is a large cut, taken from the meaty front section of the bird. The breast can be sold whole, but commonly is packaged as half of a breast for cooking convenience and affordability. A halved chicken breast has enough meat for one large serving. To make a tasty chicken dish, use seasonings and cheeses to complement the meat's flavor.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking pan
  • Cooking spray
  • Small bowl
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 3 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. seasoning salt
  • Shallow bowl
  • 3/4 cup dry breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 2 spoons
  • 4 boneless half chicken breasts
  • Baking rack (optional)
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Prepare a baking pan by coating it with a thin layer of cooking spray.

  • Combine the butter, garlic, garlic powder and salt in a small bowl. Stir with clean spoon to blend the ingredients thoroughly.

  • Mix together the breadcrumbs, cheeses and black pepper in a shallow bowl. Stir with clean spoon to blend the ingredients thoroughly.

  • Immerse each half chicken breast into the butter mixture in the small bowl.

  • Roll each dipped chicken breast in the crumb mixture in the shallow bowl and place into the prepared baking pan.

  • Bake uncovered for 45 to 50 minutes or until the chicken's juices run clear.

Tips & Warnings

  • For extra crispy chicken, place a baking rack into the baking pan. Set the chicken on the baking rack before placing in the oven.

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References

  • "365 Easy Chicken Recipes: Quick, Easy Ways to Cook Chicken"; Cookbook Resources; 2008
  • "Cooking Basics For Dummies"; Bryan Miller, Marie Rama and Eve Adamson; 2011
  • Photo Credit Polka Dot Images/Polka Dot/Getty Images
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