Finding an easy chicken recipe is no small feat, especially with the time and effort some cookbooks require. Luckily, we put together one of the simplest and fastest baked chicken recipes of all time. With only five ingredients, this meal can be whipped together any night of the week. Bumping up the oven temperature slashes the cook time and contributes to the juiciest white meat! Keep reading to see how to make mouth-watering chicken in 20 minutes flat, and be sure to spoon or brush the melted butter over the top of the chicken when it comes out of the oven so there's no skimping on any of the rich, citrusy flavors. Who's ready for dinner?
— Additional reporting by Lauren Harano
Baked Chicken Breasts
I used skin-on chicken breasts; however, this recipe can be made with skinless chicken breasts as well.
I prefer the clean taste of ghee, or clarified butter, when roasting chicken, as it can withstand high heat without burning. However, regular butter also works in this recipe.
- 2 boneless chicken breasts
1 1/2 tablespoons ghee (or butter)
1 lemon, preferably Meyer, zest only
Hefty pinch of salt
Pepper, to taste
- Preheat the oven to 450°. In a small casserole dish, lay the chicken breasts flat, dot with ghee (or butter), sprinkle with lemon zest, and liberally season with salt and pepper.
- Roast for 20 minutes. Allow chicken to rest for up to 15 minutes before serving.
- Main Dishes
- North American
- Serves 2