This most basic cooking method requires little effort on your part. About all it requires is pressing a few buttons and flipping halfway through, and if you minimize the prep time, you can have dinner on the table in about 30 minutes.
While a whole chicken or bone-in parts can actually take quite a while to bake, if you switch to boneless breasts, you'll find that time comes way down. In an oven heated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, a boneless, skinless, split chicken breast can cook through in about 10 to 12 minutes per side. Add in 10 minutes to preheat and 1 minute for some simple seasonings, and you can not only whip up a quick meal but also get the veggies steamed and the rice all fluffy while the chicken cooks.
For even quicker, more even cooking, lightly pound the breasts to a uniform thickness of about 1 inch -- and do it between two sheets of plastic wrap or wax paper to prevent the possible spread of any bacteria.
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