Try This Recipe For a Crispy Golden Chicken Tonight 

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Try golden chicken for an effortless yet flavorful meal! Start by marinating the golden chicken in a blend of your favorite spices and flavors, then coat it in golden breadcrumbs for extra texture. Finally, bake your golden chicken for juicy tenderness. This classic recipe may be easy to prepare, but it sure delivers big on flavor with its golden coating and combination of flavors from the marinade. You can make a delicious and easy dinner solution in no time, and golden chicken is the way to go!

Preheat the oven

Preheating the oven is a crucial step to ensure golden, juicy chicken. Preheating the oven to 375 degrees F for the best flavor and texture. Make sure you get this step completely before moving on to the next steps in the recipe—it’ll guarantee golden results with each bite! Find out why preheating the oven at the bottom of this post is so important.

Mix batter

By mixing these specific ingredients, you can make a delightful golden chicken that’s both savory and spicy. Start by melting the butter, and then stir in the Dijon mustard, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and a pinch of cayenne pepper until everything is evenly distributed. Make sure to adjust the measurements to your own preference! The golden chicken that results from this process will have all the flavors melded together – giving way to an utterly delicious golden creation.

Specific measurements

  • 7 tablespoons of melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • pinch of cayenne pepper

Massage the chicken

Yes! You “read me right”. Massage the chicken. Working your hands into raw meat is an essential culinary procedure that requires dedication, skill and just a bit of effort. Here’s everything you should be aware of to become the master kneader:

Massaging meat is an easy and surefire way to make it more tender and juicy. All you need are clean hands, so there’s no pounding or hammering required – just use your fingers like a sports massage therapist! Trust us: by the time dinner rolls around, everyone will be asking for seconds.

Elevate your meat massaging and marinating experience by combining the two together. You’ll be able to taste the difference when you bite into it! The sugars, acids, and juices in your marinade will really make a remarkable impact on the flavor of your dish. Make sure each area is properly coated with the mixture in the next step! Give every inch of that juicy, tender goodness some extra love for an unforgettable result.

Dip the chicken

For golden, crispy chicken, dip each breast into the butter mixture and spread it evenly with your hands. Using a spoon (or your hands if you want to combine the massage and the marinade together like we just talked about) can also help you ensure every part of the breast is well-coated with buttery goodness. Be sure that your coating is evenly distributed on both sides. When you’re finished coating, set it aside and let the golden chicken marinate for a few minutes before cooking.

Place in a baking dish

Preparing golden, crisp chicken breasts is easy when you know the right steps. Before placing the chicken in the dish, line the pan with a baking liner and grease it with a slight drizzle of olive oil. Place your chicken breasts in the dish, ensuring they don’t overlap. 

Bake in oven

Now it is time to pop the golden chicken in the preheated oven. If you are using boneless, skinless chicken breasts for your meal, bake them in the oven at 375 degrees F for 20-30 minutes. On the other hand, if you have large bone-in and skin-on pieces of poultry, cook them in a preheated oven at 375 degrees F for 35-40 minutes. Cook until golden brown and crispy (not burnt).

Roasting a chicken is analogous to baking a turkey. If you cook it at 350 degrees, figure 20-25 minutes per pound for chickens that weigh 3-8 pounds. Please check the temperature 15 to 20 minutes before your estimated finish time to ensure it’s fully cooked.

To ensure the chicken is cooked through, use a meat thermometer and check that it has reached an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius). When done correctly, you can enjoy delicious golden chicken! The golden brown hue of your cooked chicken will let you know it’s ready to be served. To take the flavors to another level, sprinkle some fresh parmesan cheese on each breast, and put them back into the oven for an additional 5 minutes. 

Let the chicken rest then enjoy!

After the chicken’s internal temperature has reached 165 degrees, remove it from the oven and then cover it with aluminum foil to help cook it through and bring its temp up and let the juices soak back into the chicken. Serve your scrumptious meal with any side dishes you desire so that each bite is as enjoyable as the last. Bon Appétit!

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Here are some vital cooking tips

Why is it essential to preheat the oven?

When you bake, the time and temperature of your oven can significantly affect how your food turns out. To ensure that the texture and flavor are at their peak, preheat your oven thoroughly before baking; otherwise, cookies will be hard and dry while the pizza crust won’t become crispy or chewy as intended. Don’t let negligence ruin a fantastic dish! Preheat your oven thoroughly to enjoy delicious treats every time.

Don’t try to take a shortcut by skipping preheating your oven! Although you may think it will save time, in actuality, it’ll end up taking longer for your food to cook. Spending just those few extra minutes allowing the oven to heat up can make all the difference.

Preheating your oven is essential if you want to ensure food safety. When the inside of your oven isn’t hot enough, it can cause the temperature of your meal to drop into what’s known as “the danger zone,” where bacteria growth starts occurring and puts your health at risk. Don’t take chances – preheat before each use!

For some of the more complex recipes or in unique cases, instructions may indicate that a cold start is necessary. However, these will be made explicitly clear within the directions.

Easy cleanup

Cooking golden chicken for dinner is a delicious and hassle-free experience if you use foil or parchment paper to line your pan or baking sheet. Not only does the foil provide an even heat distribution that ensures golden chicken every time, it also makes for incredibly easy cleanup when dinner is done. Instead of scraping stuck-on pieces of chicken off the pan this evening, be prepared and save yourself the hassle with an unforgettable golden meal and easy cleanup.

Why Olive Oil?

Olive oil is a fantastic way to add flavor and keep chicken moist while cooking. Made from pressed olives, it has a much lower smoking point than other oils, making it ideal for cooking at higher temperatures or in longer recipe processes. Beyond that, the richness of its flavor adds an extra something to seared chicken dishes and helps bring out the other flavors in salads or sandwiches. Furthermore, olive oil contains healthy fats that provide benefits to your diet, such as polyunsaturated fatty acids and monounsaturated fatty acids. In conclusion, there are many reasons why olive oil makes an excellent choice when selecting an ingredient to cook with!

Final Thoughts

Cooking up a delicious, golden chicken dish is easier than you think. All you need to do is pre-heat your oven, season the chicken with a few simple ingredients, drizzle some olive oil in the pan, and bake until the internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit (74 degrees Celsius). To kick things up a notch, sprinkle some Parmesan cheese on top and pop it back into the oven for 5 minutes. Serve your delicious meal with any side dishes you desire so that each bite is as enjoyable as the last. 

If you are looking for a recipe for a dessert, check out our cake pop recipe.

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