Un Fancy Baked Chicken

As a part of my Un-Fancy Recipe series, I talked about baking protein for a main course. The basic recipe involves a package of boneless and skinless chicken thighs, your oven preheated to 375F, and a pyrex dish. You place the chicken in the dish and cover with whatever “toppings” you want to use to make it flavorful. Then bake uncovered for 35 minutes and voila! Delicious chicken!

Here are some of our family favorites for “toppings” for the chicken

Artichoke chicken: Cover with a jar of marinated artichokes. You can actually dump the entire jar on the chicken, liquid and all

Greek Chicken: Cover with a jar of pitted Kalamata olives. You can dump the entire jar over the chicken as well, but if there is a lot of liquid, you may want to drain a bit of that first

Curry Chicken: Drizzle chicken with about 2 TBSP of avocado oil. Sprinkle 2 TBSP of curry powder over the chicken. You can use your hands to make sure the spice and oil evenly coats the chicken.

Summer Herb Chicken: Drizzle chicken with about 2 TBSP of Olive Oil. Sprinkle 3 TBSP of an herb blend over the chicken (we like Herbs de Provence, Sunny Paris Seasoning, and Fines Herbes)

Italian Chicken: Cover chicken with some Italian Seasoning (Past Sprinkle Seasoning). Add a half jar of marinara sauce over the chicken.

Pesto Chicken: Cover with a jar of pesto sauce.

You can also make some great baked chicken options using chicken breasts in much the same way as you do with the chicken thighs. When using chicken breasts, I like to cut them in half first so they are not as thick. This ensures they will cook correctly in the 35 minute timeframe.