Easy Baked Chicken

This is one of those simple dishes that reminds me of growing up. I think everyone should learn to make this dish so you can have it to fall back on for those days that you just don’t feel like doing anything challenging.

I usually pair this with some mashed potatoes and a veggie on the side. I will also include the instructions for turning this into Oven BBQ chicken after the recipe.

Baked Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs chicken (can be legs, thighs, breasts, boneless or bone in, skin on or skinless — just note that bone in chicken will take longer to cook.)
  • melted butter or olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • favorite seasoning: lemon pepper, creole, etc. (optional)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450.

Grease a large baking dish. I like to line mine with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray to make for easier clean up.

Wash and trim the chicken. Pat dry with a paper towel.

Coat the chicken with melted butter or olive oil. Place in the pan.

Season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle on your favorite seasoning as well, if desired.

Bake for 15 minutes at 450 to get a good browning on the chicken.

Reduce heat to 350 and cook another 15-45 minutes until the juices run clear.

Remove from oven and let sit 5-10 minutes before serving.

You can use the drippings to make Chicken Gravy which is delicious over mashed potatoes.


**Oven BBQ Chicken

Ingredients:

  • 2-3 lbs chicken (can be legs, thighs, breasts, boneless or bone in, skin on or skinless — just note that bone in chicken will take longer to cook.)
  • melted butter or olive oil
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450.

Grease a large baking dish. I like to line mine with foil and spray it with nonstick cooking spray to make for easier clean up.

Wash and trim the chicken. Pat dry with a paper towel.

Coat the chicken with melted butter or olive oil. Place in the pan.

Season with salt and pepper.

Bake for 15 minutes at 450 to get a good browning on the chicken.

Reduce heat to 350 and cook another 15-45 minutes until the juices run clear.

About 15-20 minutes before finished cooking pour the BBQ sauce over the chicken and continue baking.

Remove from oven and let sit 5-10 minutes before serving.

 

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