How to Bake Chicken

Baking is an oven-based technique that is considered to be among the healthiest methods for cooking chicken.
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

  2. Dredge chicken pieces in flour seasoned with salt and pepper.

  3. Melt 1/2 cup butter in large baking pan in oven. Remove pan from oven; roll chicken in butter to evenly coat.

    Melting the butter right in the baking pan saves work.
    Melting the butter right in the baking pan saves work.


  4. Arrange chicken, skin side down, in single layer in baking pan.

  5. Bake chicken 50 to 60 minutes or until no longer pink in center, turning pieces over after 30 minutes.

    Use tongs to turn the chicken.
    Use tongs to turn the chicken. If you pierce the pieces with a fork, the juices will run out and the chicken will be dry.
Poaching is another healthy way to prepare chicken. Learn more about this method in the next section.

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