Greetings and Happy Tuesday! I wanted to share a quick and easy recipe with you for baked chicken in the oven. It’s almost easier than buying a ready made rotisserie chicken from the grocery store!
The other morning I went to the grocery store super early. My plan was to buy a rotisserie chicken from the deli department and make some homemade chicken noodle soup for dinner. Poor planning on my part because the rotisserie chickens are not ready that early in the morning. Typically they are not ready until after 10 am. Bummer! So, Plan B. Baked chicken in the oven!
I bought a nearly 6 pound whole chicken for around $6. Unfortunately this is about the same cost as a pre-cooked chicken but, one must do what one must do. So, I bought it, brought it home and googled a recipe for baked chicken. This one is SO easy!
1-Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2-Remove the neck and yucky innards and wash and dry the chicken thoroughly.
3-Spray your roasting pan well with Pam and put the chicken in the pan.
4-Spray the entire chicken with spray butter and add salt and pepper to taste on all sides and in the cavity. (naturally you can add other spices such as garlic powder, etc., but this is super simple and versatile.) Add about ½ cup water.
5-Cover and bake 20 minutes per pound. (my chicken was 6 pounds so I baked it for 2 hours.)
6-Allow the chicken to cool and pick the chicken off of the carcass. (as my Father-in-law calls it.) The chicken literally falls off of the bone.
I chopped the chicken up into small bite-sized chunks and added it to my soup recipe, which I”ll share later. The beauty of baking chicken this way is you can use it in multiple ways. You can make chicken salad, soups, casseroles, fajitas, you name it! You can also freeze it for later. And this time of year, couldn’t we all use a few shortcuts?
Thank you for stopping by! 12 more days until Santa comes!! Yikes! xoxo Dell