This cold-oven chicken delivers juicy, tender results every time and with several flavor options, you could make a different version every weeknight this week!

Source: Better Homes and Gardens
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil. Drizzle 6- to 8-oz. skinless boneless chicken breast halves with oil, season with desired spice blend or salt and pepper, and place in a cold oven. Set oven temperature to 450°F and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until chicken hits 165°F. (Because ovens and the size of chicken breasts vary, temperature is the best way to test for doneness.)

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Tips

For best results, use chicken breast halves that are of even thickness. If there are portions that are thicker, you may need to add 5 to 7 minutes to cooking time. Make sure to use an instant-read thermometer to double check the doneness of the chicken. Chicken at 165°F. can have the slightest pink hue, but this temperature is proven to be safe and is hot enough to kill any harmful bacteria.

Barbecue Spice Blend

¼ cup barbecue seasoning, 2 Tbsp. garlic powder, 2 tsp. onion powder, 1 tsp. ground celery seeds, and ½ tsp. cayenne.

Mustard-Tarragon Spice Blend

2 Tbsp. Dijon-style mustard; 2 tsp. coarse salt; and 1 Tbsp. each cracked black pepper, chopped fresh tarragon, and olive oil.

Chipotle Spice Blend

2 Tbsp. smoked paprika; 2 tsp. each ground cumin and chipotle chili powder; 1 tsp. each salt, coriander, and black pepper; and ½ tsp. cayenne.

Cajun-Garlic Spice Blend

1 to 2 Tbsp. ground black pepper or white pepper, 1 tsp. cayenne, 2 tsp. crushed dried thyme, 2 tsp. each garlic powder and onion powder, and 1 tsp. salt.

Fresh Herb Spice Blend

1/3 cup chopped fresh basil, 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh thyme, 1 Tbsp. each chopped fresh rosemary and chopped fresh mint, 3 cloves minced garlic, 3 Tbsp. olive oil, and ½ tsp. each salt and ground black pepper.

Nutrition Facts

262 calories; 11 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 5 g polyunsaturated fat; 2 g monounsaturated fat; 124 mg cholesterol; 207 mg sodium. 456 mg potassium; 0 g carbohydrates; 0 g fiber; 0 g sugar; 38 g protein; 0 g trans fatty acid; 39 IU vitamin a; 0 mg vitamin c; 0 mg thiamin; 0 mg riboflavin; 13 mg niacin equivalents; 1 mg vitamin b6; 9 mcg folate; 0 mcg vitamin b12; 9 mg calcium; 1 mg iron;

Reviews (1)

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Rating: 5.0 stars
05/25/2019
I had read about this before and was very skeptical...not anymore!! This is fantastic! It is so easy, time-saving, and clean-up is a breeze. The chicken breasts stay amazingly tender and juicy! I started with the Mustard Tarragon seasoning and can't wait to try the others. I did 30 minutes in my oven and the temperature was spot on!