This Baked Chicken & Broccoli Recipe is one of those easy kinds of meals that yield amazing results. You’d never guess how much flavor is packed in something as simple as chicken and broccoli. The list of ingredients are all things that you probably have on hand at this very moment. The trick to making this dish burst with savory, tender, mouthwatering flavor, is all in the way you bake the chicken.
BAKING PERFECTLY JUICY CHICKEN BREASTS
Usually when I post a recipe that involves baking chicken, I’ll include a simple list of steps that will ensure perfectly juicy chicken breasts every time. So, here’s that list!
- Brine the chicken breasts for 15 minutes by submerging them in cold water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- Drain the chicken breasts and pat them dry with paper towels.
- Rub each chicken breast with olive oil. Then sprinkle with a mixture of garlic salt, black pepper, paprika and onion powder.
- Place chicken breasts side by side in a baking dish. Bake for about 35 minutes.
- Remove from oven and let rest about 5-10 minutes before slicing
COOKING METHOD FOR THE CHICKEN & BROCCOLI
For this particular recipe, since there is broccoli involved, I did things a little differently. Broccoli doesn’t take as long as chicken to roast so I didn’t want to leave it in the oven for 35 minutes and risk it getting burnt. Since broccoli really only requires about 20 minutes in the oven at a temperature of 400 degrees, I decided to bake the chicken ALONE first. After following steps 1 through 4 from the list above, I then baked the chicken for about 15 minutes. Then I opened the oven doors and pulled the baking pan out just enough to pour the broccoli all around the chicken. I then returned the pan to the oven and baked everything together for an additional 20 minutes. Both the chicken and broccoli came out picture-perfect! Juicy, fully cooked chicken breasts and seamlessly roasted broccoli without a burn on them! I was pretty happy.
BAKED CHICKEN & BROCCOLI RECIPE
This particular recipe will serve about 2-3 people but you might be able to push it to 4 if everyone eats small portions and you’re serving something else on the side. It’s definitely a light, healthy meal to incorporate into your diet, but since it tastes so darn good, you might find yourself craving more. So, feel free to double or triple the recipe as you please. Happy eating!
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Baked Chicken & Broccoli RecipeCourse: Main CourseDifficulty: Easy
Juicy, tender chicken breasts and seamlessly roasted broccoli come together for an incredibly simple, mouthwatering meal.
2 chicken breasts
2 heads broccoli, cut into florets
4 Tbs melted butter or olive oil, divided
1 tsp garlic salt, divided
½ tsp black pepper, divided
½ tsp onion powder, divided
½ tsp paprika, divided
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Rub the chicken all over with 2 tablespoons of the melted butter (or olive oil if you prefer)
- Sprinkle half the measurements of the spices all over the chicken breasts
- Place the chicken breasts side by side in the middle of a small baking dish
- In a small bowl, add the broccoli florets. Pour the remaining 2 tablespoons of melted butter (or olive oil) into the bowl as well
- Add the other half of the spices. Mix until the broccoli is coated well. Set broccoli aside for now
- Bake the chicken in the oven for 15 minutes, then (without removing the pan completely from oven) open oven doors and pour the broccoli mixture into the baking dish surrounding the chicken
- Return to bake for another 20 minutes
- Remove from oven and let chicken rest about 5-10 minutes before slicing
- Calories & Nutritional Info may vary based on different brands and ingredients used. Nutritional Info below was calculated using Very Fit Well’s Nutrition Calculator.
3 servings per container
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Total Fat
- Saturated Fat 11.7g 59%
- Cholesterol 127mg 43%
- Sodium 243mg 11%
- Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
- Potassium 748mg 22%
- Total Carbohydrate
- Dietary Fiber 4.3g 18%
- Sugars 3g
- Protein 32.9g 66%
* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.