Let’s be honest. Chicken breast isn’t the most exciting food on the planet…unless you cook it like this 🙂 I just finished eating one of the most DELICIOUS & SATISFYING meals I’ve had in days! Here’s how you can make a ho-hum, ” Sigh. I guess I’ll just eat chicken again” night, and turn it into a to “YEAAAHHHH BABYYY. It’s time for some home made chicken!” kind of night.
Here’s the thing about chicken. It can be boring. It can be dry. It can be tasteless.
It can also be pret-ty dang delicious if you cook it with a little love, tenderness, the right spices, and a flaming hot broiler.
Here are some rules of thumb to help you get a finger-lickin’ chicken every time.
Rule 1- HOT HOT HOT
Get your broiler nice n’ hot before you start cooking your chicken (heat it for about 4-7 minutes). This will give your breasts that beautiful golden brown color, and will keep the breasts moist on the inside.
Rule 2- SEASON
No matter what flavors you plan on giving your chicken, the base seasonings are always the same. Sea salt, fresh ground pepper & garlic powder. From there, you can do whatever you want with your chicken..BBQ Season, Thai, or in this case, Greek.
For this particular recipe, I used plenty of spices. Using a fairly thick layer of spice will give your breasts a nice “crust”, without the fat of frying it. There’s something special about a well seasoned, lean yet “crusted” breast. It feels like I’m beating the system every time…like I’ m getting away with something. Clearly, I’m a rebel.
- Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts
- 2 Lemons
- 2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil (per three 4oz. breasts)
- Sea Salt
- Fresh Ground Pepper
- Garlic Powder
- Fennel Seed
- Butterfly each breast by cutting in half, and spreading them out onto a piece of saran wrap.
- Cover them with another piece of saran wrap and pound lightly with either a skillet or a mallet.
- Season generously with seasonings. Adjust seasonings to your preference.
- Sprinkle with olive oil.
- Slice up 2 lemons.
- Place the lemons and breasts into the broiler, the lemons nestled slightly under the breasts.
- Leave your broiler cracked open to ensure that it stays on the highest temperature, and cooks the breasts quickly
- Cook each side of the breasts until golden brown (about 5 minutes each side)
- Let rest for 4-5 minutes after removing breasts from the broiler. This will keep them moist and flavorful.