Juiciest Baked Chicken Breasts

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If you’re not familiar with Melissa Joulwan ‘s blog and her amazing cookbook  “Well Fed,” do yourself a favor and visit both sites. She has got FANTASTIC, flavorful, easy-to-follow recipes.

My Juiciest Baked Chicken Breasts are basically her “The Best Chicken You Will Ever Eat. Ever.“, but I stop after the brining stage.

I usually brine 4 pounds of organic chicken breasts, in a single recipe of her brine.  I brine them overnight.

I preheat my oven to 350 degrees F, rinse the breasts and lay them in a single layer in a casserole baking dish. I cover the dish with foil and bake for 20 minutes.  I then remove the foil and usually continue baking for at least 10 minutes.

I say “usually,” since chicken breasts vary in size, so they will bake at different rates. After 20 minutes, I cut into the thickest part of each breast to gauge whether or not they are done. If needed, I continue baking in 5 minute-increments, checking for done-ness, and removing each breast from the oven when finished baking, to cool on a platter.

Yield: Once cool, I portion into 4-oz portions.  4 pounds of brined chicken breasts yielded 12 servings. The brining seals-in the moisture, so very little is lost during baking.

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