Monday, December 05, 2022 by Zoey Sky
If you’re a busy prepper, knowing quick and easy recipes can help you cut down on meal prep time.
Try this recipe for juicy baked chicken breast which goes great with beans or baked potatoes. (h/t to FoodStorageMoms.com)
Chicken, which is naturally lean, is a great protein source that you can use if you’re trying to keep your family healthy by limiting red meat. However, since chicken is lean you need to cook it the right way so it doesn’t turn up dry.
This is why you need a meat thermometer. This tool will help you check if the chicken is cooked properly because it varies in size, from four ounces to a whopping 10 ounces.
With the price of meat these days, you’d want to get the most bang for your buck. It’s best to buy boneless chicken breasts because they are all meat and have no bone.
While the chicken breast is baking, you have enough time to prepare coleslaw, a tossed salad or open a can or two of green beans as a side dish.
You will need:
Ingredients for 6 servings:
Proper baking times for baked chicken breast
You can bake boneless chicken breasts at 400 F (177 C). Note that cooking them at higher temperatures will help seal the juices in the meat.
Times will vary based on the weight of each chicken breast, so using a meat thermometer is highly recommended. The internal temperature of properly baked chicken breast should be 165 F.
Bake chicken breasts at 400 F for 22 to 26 minutes, but this will vary depending on the weight of the chicken breast that you have.
Alternatively, you can cook chicken breasts at 350 F (176 C) for about 25 to 30 minutes, again depending on the weight of the chicken breast.
Food storage and safety tips
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food and Drug (FDA) both recommend storing raw chicken breasts, legs, or a whole chicken in the refrigerator for one to two days. This means regardless of the size, you should only store raw chicken for a maximum of one to two days in the fridge.
Cooked chicken should be stored in airtight containers or food storage bags for three to four days, according to the USDA and the FDA.
To extend the shelf life of cooked chicken breasts, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap, an airtight container, or a freezer bag. The frozen cooked chicken breast will last for about three to six months in the freezer.
Baked chicken breast goes well with mashed potatoes and gravy, but you should also try healthier side dishes like beans or a tossed salad.
If you have some leftovers, slice the chicken and use the meat to make chicken sandwiches. Serve the chicken sandwiches with some BBQ sauce or other tasty condiments and homemade fries.
Add more greens to your dinner by serving the baked chicken breasts sliced or cubed and added to a fresh salad. Add your favorite salad dressing and let your family enjoy a nutritious and tasty meal. (Related: 6 Easy homemade salad dressing recipes.)
Chicken also goes well with plain rice and your favorite toppings like herbs and various sauces.
Here are some dishes that you can serve with baked chicken breasts:
Balsamic green beans with pearl onions
This recipe pairs nutritious green beans with flavorful pearl onions caramelized in butter, garlic and balsamic vinegar.
Ingredients for 8 servings:
This salad includes kale and sweet Honeycrisp apples.
Ingredients for 8 servings:
Kale, quinoa and avocado salad
This salad combines tasty superfoods like avocado, kale and quinoa.
Ingredients for 4 servings:
Ingredients for the dressing:
Prep baked chicken breasts and serve it with a tasty side dish like a fall salad for a filling and nutritious dinner.
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