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Playing Easy Chicken Recipes: How to Make Baked Chicken Breasts & Baked Chicken Parmigiana

Baked chicken breasts with smashed garlic and roasted lemon = an easy + flavorful weeknight dinner.

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  • Olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skin-on chicken breasts
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 4 garlic cloves, smashed
  • 4 to 6 thick slices of bread
  • A few sprigs of rosemary, thyme, sage and/or parsley or a combination of all three


Serves: 4


Preheat to oven to 375°F.

Heat a large, cast-iron pan over medium-high heat. While the oil heats, season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.

Place the chicken breasts skin-side down into the hot pan and cook until brown, about 3 minutes; flip and cook for a few minutes more. Remove the chicken to a plate and add the butter to the pan to melt. Once melted, add the smashed garlic and lemon halves, flat-side down. Place slices of bread into the pan to cover. Place chicken on top of the bread and place the whole herb sprigs on top of everything. Transfer pan to the oven and roast for 30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.

Serve the chicken with a chunk of bread and a squeeze of roasted lemon.

Pro Tip: This dish also lends itself well to chicken thighs or pork chops.