Roasted Bone-in Chicken Breasts

Roasted bone-in chicken breasts are easy to make, economical, and packed with flavor.

How to Roast Bone-In Chicken Breasts | ComfortablyDomestic.com

So I am shopping at my newly remodeled mega market today, trying to navigate the new layout. Nothing, and I mean nothing is where it once was. So, while wandering aimlessly through the meat department, looking for the new home of poultry, I notice that the majority of the meat in the coolers has been liberated of its bones, skin, and a good deal of fat. While it is awfully convenient not to have to deal with bones, skin and other “yucky” stuff  on meat, a lot of the flavor is lost after it’s gone. There is something just so carnivorous about removing skin and bones and fat from the flesh of an animal yourself , for our own consumption.

Not that I wouldn’t mind being liberated from a little fat myself.

However, I am kind of partial to my skin.

And my bones. Thank you for asking.

But I digress.

How to Roast Bone-In Chicken Breasts

Bone-in chicken breasts that are cooked with all of the proper parts intact is so moist and juicy, and lovely. And it’s so easy. Suddenly, right smack in the middle of the meat department, I feel like it is my responsibility, no, my civic duty to show you how to make roasted bone-in chicken breasts!

I’m patriotic like that.

And I was shopping while hungry, which I don’t recommend. Strange things jump into your cart when you shop while your hungry.

So, I picked up a pack of chicken breasts with all of their bone-in, skin attached glory. Here’s the simplest way to roast ’em…

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees F.

Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set a cooling rack on the foil lined baking sheet, and then lightly spray it with cooking spray.  Pat the top of the chicken breasts with a paper towel to dry them off a bit. Drizzle or spray ¼ tsp. of olive oil over each breast,

Spray chicken breasts with olive oil.

and give it a little rub with your fingers to spread the oil around. Think of it as a mini massage for the chicken!

rubbing bone-in chicken breasts with oil

 

Hey, they gave their life to help sustain you–it’s the least you can do.

Sprinkle a pinch of salt, pepper, and Herbs de Provence over each breast.

seasoning bone-in chicken breasts

Lightly pat the sprinkled seasonings on chicken with fingertips, to help it stick to the skin.

rubbing spices into bone-in chicken breasts
Place the bone-in chicken breasts onto the prepared baking sheet, and bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes, or until chicken is fully cooked and juices run clear when the chicken is pierced with a fork.

Remove from oven, and allow to rest for 5 minutes. They’ve had a long a long day.

Flip a cooked chicken breast over, and run a knife along the rib bones to cut the meat away for serving.

Removing the bones from roasted bone-in chicken breasts

 

This will leave a fair amount of chicken on the bones. “Pick” the remaining chicken away from bones with your fingers, and save or freeze for another dish. (Such as Chicken pot piechicken chili, or homemade chicken stock.)

Then relish in your accomplishment!

If someone asks you if you know how to make roasted bone-in chicken breasts, you can say, “Yes! Yes I can!”

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Roasted Bone-in Chicken Breasts
 
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Roasted bone-in chicken breasts are easy to make, economical, and packed with flavor.
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 4 bone-in chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp. olive oil, divided
  • Pinch of kosher salt
  • Pinch of black pepper
  • Pinch of dried Herbs de Provence (a blend of marjoram, rosemary, thyme—or use a pinch of any one of these.)
  • Cooking spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Set a cooling rack on the foil lined baking sheet, and then lightly spray it with cooking spray.
  3. Pat the top of each chicken breast with a paper towel. Drizzle or spray ¼ tsp. of olive oil over each breast, smearing it around with clean fingers to coat.
  4. Sprinkle a pinch of salt, pepper, and herbs on each breast. Lightly rub the seasonings into the chicken in order to aid them in adhering to the skin.
  5. Place chicken on the prepared baking sheet and bake in a 350 degree oven for 50-60 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked, and juices run clear when the chicken is pierced with a fork.
  6. Remove the chicken from the oven, and allow it to rest for 5 minutes to seal in the juices. Serve as is or slice the chicken away from the from the bone before serving.
Notes
Cutting the chicken away from the bone will leave a fair amount of chicken on the bones. “Pick” remaining chicken away from bones with clean fingers, reserving it for another use, such as chicken pot pie or chicken chili

 

 

 

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  1. Syl says

    Thank you, this recipe was just what I needed! I had picked up 4 bone-in turkey breasts, each less than a pound (looked more like chicken breast), so this was perfect.
    1 hour in the oven at 350 was just the right time. I used canola oil, Italian seasoning and no-salt steak seasoning and it tasted so good!

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