We eat a lot of boneless, skinless chicken breast in our house, but I find it dry when cooked indoors — especially in the oven. The boneless, skinless breasts can also be expensive if you don’t catch them on sale. Bone-in chicken breast is an alternative that stays moist thanks to the bone. If you don’t feel like grilling or don’t have access to a grill, try one of these two ways to cook them indoors.
Buttermilk Chicken Breast
Maybe it’s the bone or maybe it’s the buttermilk, but this is a family favorite that keeps the chicken moist and tender. Do the prep the night before so you only have to throw it in the oven at dinner time. You’ll need buttermilk, bone-in chicken breast and seasonings of your choice.
Pour the buttermilk in a container that has a lid. I use about half of a quart-sized carton for three chicken breasts. Add your choice of seasonings to the buttermilk. I use whatever is handy — usually garlic powder, Italian seasoning and some poultry seasoning we always have on hand. Use whatever your family likes or what you have on hand. Whisk the seasonings into the buttermilk.
I like to remove the skin from the bone-in chicken breast at this point. You can leave the skin on if you prefer. Put the chicken breast in the buttermilk, cover the container and put it in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
When you’re ready to bake, wipe some of the buttermilk off with your hands or a paper towel. Place the chicken breasts bone-side down on a foil-lined baking sheet. I usually sprinkle on a little more seasoning at this point. Bake the chicken at 425 F for about 30 minutes.
Crock Pot Chicken
My family is picky so I don’t get to use the crock pot too often. But it does get a lot of use when it comes to chicken. The slow cooker is an easy way to cook your bone-in chicken breasts while you’re busy doing other things.
Add a small amount of chicken broth in the base of the crock pot. I remove the skins for this recipe as well, but you can leave it on if you want. Brush the chicken breast with oil and season it as desired. Pop it in the crock pot and cook it on low for 7 to 8 hours. You’ll end up with moist, tender chicken ready to go when you get home.
Easy Meals for Busy Families
No matter how you choose to prepare it, keep some bone-in chicken breast in your freezer. You’ll be ready to make a quick chicken recipe that doesn’t take long to prepare but tastes amazing.