The World's Healthiest Foods

Fresh Herbed Chicken Breasts

The fresh herbs in this recipe turn an ordinary chicken breast into a flavorful dish with added healthy benefits. It takes very little time and is well worth the little bit of extra effort, giving you another easy way to enjoy the chicken.

Fresh Herbed Chicken Breasts Prep and Cook Time: 20 minutes

4 boneless chicken breasts with skin on
2 medium cloves garlic pressed
1 TBS fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 tsp chopped fresh sage
2 tsp chopped fresh thyme
1 tsp chopped fresh rosemary
1/4 cup chicken broth
salt and cracked black pepper

  1. Preheat broiler on high. Place ovenproof metal pan under broiler to get hot. Do not use glass or pyrex for this.
  2. Season chicken with a little salt and pepper. When pan is very hot, about 5 minutes, put chicken in pan and return to broiler. Turn heat to low. Donít put too close to flame. It is best to put in middle of the oven, about 7 inches from the heat source. (Quick Broil) for about 15 minutes, or until done, depending on thickness of chicken.
  3. While chicken is cooking chop herbs.
  4. In a separate small skillet add chopped herbs, lemon juice, broth, pressed garlic, salt and pepper. Heat on medium heat for just Ĺ minute.
  5. When chicken is done remove skin, slice, and place on platter. Drizzle herb sauce over chicken.

    Serves 4

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Healthy Cooking Tips: Chicken breasts can easily dry out. Leaving the skin on until done and making sure you do not over cook it helps a great deal. The breasts should read 160 degrees on an instant reading thermometer and the juices run clear. By leaving the skin on while broiling it keeps the breast moist and flavorful. It is important to broil the chicken breasts no closer than the 7 inches from heat source as recommended, and have the heat turned to low. This will give the breasts a chance to cook throughout without burning on top and drying out. Placing it in a very hot pan, seals the bottom and retains more moisture. This recipe is created for a quick and easy meal. If you have the time, try marinating the chicken breasts for 24 hours in the herb mixture. Increase the lemon juice by 1 TBS. It will be more tender, and the sauce will permeate the breast. By slicing the breast when done there is more surface for the sauce to permeate the meat if done the quick and easy way without marinating.
This page was updated on: 2002-09-27 13:24:20
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