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Old 08-25-2006, 04:53 PM   #1
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Bone In Skin On Chicken Breasts - Baking

Hey guys. Want to bake up some chicken tonight so use for chicken tacos, and ive never baked bone in skin on chicken breasts.

Question - What temp and how long should i cook these for?

Will be baking them in a 13x9 glass casserole dish. is this okay?

Also, can i chop up slivers of garlic and putthem under the skin?

What are some other good things to slide under the skin?

Should i slide them under the skin or cut all the way into the meat?

Cheers.

Anything else i can slide under there mexican style?

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Old 08-25-2006, 05:01 PM   #2
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Mylegsbig,
if it were me, I'd crush the garlic before putting it under the skin..I do this add it to soft butter along with finely chopped parsley and an herb of choice, I lift the skin and just orub it on. I same some and then brush it on the outside of the skin after the meat has been dooking awhile. I'd cook at 325,and start checking the meat after about 30 to 40 minutes..

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I cook my chicken breast at 350 for 1 hour
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Old 08-25-2006, 05:36 PM   #4
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I bake bone-in skin-on chicken breasts all the time - & in glass (well, Corningware) baking dishes just as you're doing.

I do them at 350 degrees in a lightly oiled/greased dish. I start them skin-side down for a 1/2 hour, then turn them skin-side up for another 15 minutes. After that 15 minutes ends, I start checking them for doneness every 5 minutes or so, because although they usually need a full hour, depending on the size of the breasts & your oven, they make take less time.

(Oh, & if you want the skin extra-crispy, you can definitely raise the heat to 400-415 degrees for that last half hour of cooking.)
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Old 08-25-2006, 05:45 PM   #5
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I just separate a head of garlic into cloves, and toss them into the greased roasting pan, unpeeled, then put the chicken pieces on top of them.

Other things to put under the skin of chicken include leaves of fresh rosemary and/or sage.

I, too, bake for an hour at 350 - I like the way it turns out.

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Old 08-25-2006, 05:54 PM   #6
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O.K. a slightly different perspective - you said you want to bake this chicken to make chicken tacos. If that is the case here is what I would suggest

Get rid of the skin - Too much unwanted fat (again strictly my opinion)
Make a marinade - Minced garlic, cumin powder, corrainder powder, chili powder and lime juice (about 2 limes), salt to taste and 1 tbsp of oil (any kind)
Pour marinade over the chicken breasts (leave the bone in).
Cover and bake at 350 until done (30 - 40 minutes)
(Note: When you cover the chicken it releases a lot of it's own juice. The marinade will keep the meat moist and the spices will add a lot of flavor to the meat while cooking)
Let it cool and then shredd it (I love to use my hands the best instruments that God created)
Now add some freshly chopped cilantro to the shredded chicken and they are ready to be used in your tacos
All you need is some freshly chopped tomatoes and avacados
Some shredded cheese and lettuce
A dollop of sour cream and you are set
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:08 PM   #7
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I'm definitely with Yakuta on this one. If the chix is for tacos you want to season it accordingly.

If you bake it, you might want to brine it first and/or coat it with a rub.
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Baked chicken can be a bit dry. When I intend to use the meat for something like chicken salad, I prefer poaching breasts. It comes out much more tender and moist. You can add seasonings for tacos (cumin and ground chili, maybe a tad of oregano) after the meat is cooked. And it's simple -- put the skinless boneless breasts in cold water to cover, bring to a boil, cover, turn off the heat, and let it sit for 17 to 20 minutes. Drain and blanch with cold water to stop the cooking.

Or, grill it -- just slather the skinless boneless breasts with a mixture of olive oil, garlic, lemon or lime, cumin, ground chili, oregano, salt and pepper, and grill for about 5 minutes per side. It will make much better tacos, believe me.
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Old 08-25-2006, 06:44 PM   #9
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Season it wiht appropriate taco seasonings and roast it at 400 F for about 35-40 minutes. Check the temperature, it has to be 160 F.
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as always tons of good advice.

gonna try a mixture of the things suggested.

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