How to Roast a Bone-in Chicken Breast


Prepare chicken breast quickly with little effort and delicious results. Enjoy bone-in chicken breast, which is affordable, nutritious and very tasty when served with only the simplest seasonings. Transform chicken breast into a delectable entrée with the addition of only one to two ingredients of your choice. Add salt and pepper or cover the breast with picante sauce, chicken soup, seasoned bread crumbs or whatever else you prefer before roasting it. Come home late to a simple method of dinner preparation: thaw a bone-in chicken breast in the microwave, season, and place it in the oven. Enjoy the chicken breast by the time you have showered.

How to Roast a Bone-in Chicken Breast
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Things You'll Need

  • Melted butter
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Seasonings
  • Roasting pan or bowl
  • Non-stick spray
  • Chicken broth
  • Digital stem thermometer
Step 1

Turn on the oven and preheat it to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Step 2

Wash the chicken breasts under cool running water, paying particular attention to the small bones along the backbone. Remove any pinfeathers from the breast that may be present. When the chicken's feathers are removed small pinfeathers are sometimes left behind. These pinfeathers are easily recognizable as tiny feathers and are usually found on the chicken wings but are found everywhere on the bird. Pull the pinfeathers out with your fingers.

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Step 3

Cut away excess fat or skin, leaving the skin covering the breast intact.

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Step 4

Baste the breast liberally with melted butter and season to taste with salt, pepper and other favorite seasonings.

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Step 5

Place the breast in a small roasting pan or bowl that has been treated with non-stick spray.

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Step 6

Pour approximately one 1/4 inch of chicken broth into the roasting pan.

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Step 7

Slide the pan uncovered into the oven on the middle rack and roast for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, or until the temperature reaches 180 degrees Fahrenheit as measured by a digital stem thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast.

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Step 8

Remove the breast from the oven, baste with chicken broth and enjoy.

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Tips & Warnings

  • The chicken continues to increase in temperature after it is removed from the oven and should be served immediately.
  • If a darker color on the breast is desired, turn the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit the last five minutes of roasting.
  • Make gravy from any extra broth you have available, especially if you roast more than one breast.
  • Sanitize the counter-tops, cutting boards and utensils with a solution of one part bleach to nine parts water before and after preparing the chicken breast.


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