With only 142 calories, half of a chicken breast is an ideal, high-protein food for those who are watching their weight. A half of a chicken breast can serve one person and can be broiled, baked, barbecued or fried. Removing the skin is optional. Some cooks feel that leaving the skin on keeps the chicken moist, but removing it before cooking reduces fat. Grocery stores carry a wide variety of sauces and marinades that add variety to chicken dishes without requiring additional preparation time.
Wash the chicken breast under running water and dry it with a paper towel.
Place the chicken breast in a bowl and coat it with 1/3 cup of marinade or 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce. Place it in the refrigerator for 20 minutes to marinate. If you prefer not to marinate the chicken, simply add salt and pepper to taste.
Place the chicken in a small baking pan, cover with aluminum foil and bake at 300 degrees F for about 30 minutes. If you are cooking your chicken on a barbecue grill, grill for 10 to 15 minutes on each side and brush with marinade occasionally.
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- When using boneless chicken breast, reduce baking time to 20 to 30 minutes or grill for 6 to 8 minutes on each side.
Jackie Carroll has been a freelance writer since 1995. Her home-and-garden and nature articles have appeared in "Birds & Blooms" and "Alamance Today." She holds a Bachelor of Science in medical technology from the University of North Carolina.