How to Cook Bone-in Chicken Breast Halves

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How to Cook Bone-in Chicken Breast Halves
Most of the chickens raised in the United States are from the Cornish and White Rock breeds, according to the USDA. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Chickens in retail stores are inspected by the USDA or state systems. The organs are also inspected for any signs of disease. Chickens are then graded according to standards which include meatiness, appearance and defects, such as bruising or broken bones. There are different cuts of chicken, including the legs or thighs, the wings and the breast portion. Try roasting bone-in breast halves the next time you make chicken. It is a simple and tasty meal and can be served with any kind of side dish.

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Things you need

  • 2 170gr.chicken breast halves (bone-in)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • Basting brush
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • Pan
  • Baking tray

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  1. 1

    Preheat the oven to 232 degrees Celsius.

  2. 2

    Moisten the chicken with olive oil. Place the breasts on clean plates. Take 1 tbsp of olive oil and place in a bowl. Brush the chicken breast halves with olive oil using a basting brush.

  3. 3

    Measure 1 tsp of garlic salt into a bowl. Add 1 tsp of pepper and 1 tsp of thyme. Mix the ingredients and sprinkle the mixture over the chicken breast halves. You can use your fingers to sprinkle the seasoning on the chicken.

  4. 4

    Turn the stove to medium heat and place a pan on the stove. The pan should be big enough to hold two breast halves. Do not pour any oil into the pan.

  5. 5

    Place the breasts in the pan after it heats up. Test the pan to see if it's hot by placing a drop of water in it. The water will evaporate right away when the pan is hot. Place the breast halves with the skin side down. Cook for three minutes or until the skin becomes a golden colour.

  6. 6

    Remove the breast halves from the pan and place on a cooking sheet.

  7. 7

    Place the breast halves in the oven. A 170gr. breast with the bone will take around 35 minutes to cook. Check the temperature with a meat thermometer. The USDA states that the internal temperature must be 73.9 degrees Celsius.

Tips and warnings

  • Defrost the chicken breast halves in the refrigerator. It may take two days to thaw completely, but the USDA states that this is the best way to thaw.
  • Put the meat thermometer in the thickest part of the breast when checking the temperature.
  • Chicken leftovers can be safely stored in the refrigerator for up to four days at 4.44 degrees Celsius or below.

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