Basic Broiled Chicken Breasts

Basic Broiled Chicken Breasts

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"This is a simple but delicious way to prepare chicken. Good-quality olive oil and generous amounts of salt and pepper make for a savory chicken breast that is crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside."

Ingredients 30 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 389 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 389 kcal
  • 19%
  • Fat:
  • 21.9 g
  • 34%
  • Carbs:
  • 0.3g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 45 g
  • 90%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 127 mg
  • 42%
  • Sodium:
  • 1067 mg
  • 43%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat the oven's broiler and set the oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source. Rub olive oil over each chicken breast, then season both sides with salt and black pepper. Place the chicken skin-side down on a broiling pan.
  2. Broil in the preheated oven for 10 minutes, then flip the chicken breast skin-side up. Continue broiling the chicken until no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, about 10 minutes more. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Remove from the oven and allow meat to rest for 5 minutes before serving.
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  • Cook's Note
  • If desired, add a quarter cup of water to the bottom of the broiling pan and stir to dissolve the browned-bits from the chicken juices. Use as a light sauce on the chicken.
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  1. 85 Ratings


This is one of those recipes you might read and pass by because, hey, what could olive oil, salt, and pepper do for some pieces of chicken. Well, here's what they can do: they'll jet-pack you back to when your mom made chicken for a weekday night (even though it's flavorful and divine enough to serve to guests). It will also let the cooked chicken speak pretty much for itself, without smothering it in a sauce. I confess I was leery. I wanted to add rosemary, or oregano, or (good grief) even Lawry's Seasoned Salt. But I resisted and, I must say, it was worth it. The ingredients are simple, and that makes it an easy dish to make. If you use organic chicken breasts, it's going to be moist in any case. But adding the olive oil, salt, and pepper, blend in a way that might make you swoon in the way I swooned when I ate it. Simple, homey, cozy, and (in so many ways) perfect. Next time you're in a hurry for a knock-'em-dead meal, serve this up as the main player. I'm pretty sure you'll wow whoever's eating. This is one fine recipe.

Mark Nemchick

Quick easy & tastes GREAT ! only used 2 boneless/skinless breasts.. had instant taters, California mix veggies.. AWESOME!!


Delicious and simple recipe! I used boneless breasts and they turned out really tender, will definately use this often!