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Roasting Chicken breasts

babaoriley7 Apr 24, 2009 06:10 PM

I'm curious if I were to roast several chicken breasts, some skin on and some skinless. Will the skinless ones get terribly dry?


Cooking time is 40 minutes.

  1. Caitlin McGrath Apr 24, 2009 06:15 PM

    I wouldn't roast them without the skin for just that reason. You can remove the skin before eating if it is unwanted.

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    1. re: Caitlin McGrath
      scubadoo97 Apr 25, 2009 03:48 PM

      or the bones for that matter.

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      adamshoe Apr 24, 2009 06:36 PM

      I think the OP has some breasts that are both skin on and skinless. (Not meaning to get personal and all...) If that's the case, cover the skinless ones with a little butter and aluminum foil and leave the skin-on ones naked. As long as they come up to 160 degrees or so, they should be fine to roast together. adam

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      1. re: adamshoe
        greygarious Apr 25, 2009 11:00 AM

        Or lay strips of bacon over the naked ones. That will add flavor to your pan juices, too.

      2. Bryn Apr 24, 2009 07:45 PM

        I roasted some the other night that were skinless and they were dry. (425F for 30min) I recommend skin on, I love the bone in skin on ones!

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        1. re: Bryn
          Sam Fujisaka Apr 24, 2009 07:56 PM

          Uhhh. Way too much. Maybe 20 minutes at 375.

          1. re: Sam Fujisaka
            Bryn Apr 24, 2009 07:59 PM

            I just threw them in with the potatoes. It was exam time I was impressed I was even cooking something that didn't have the initials K.D. But they were pretty thick. But the recipe the OP has suggests 450F for 40min for the bone in skin in so I was comparing to my experience.

        2. diablo Apr 24, 2009 08:07 PM

          For 40 minute cooking time, put the skin-on breasts in 10 minutes before the skin-off breasts. Brush the skin off breasts with a light coating of vegetable oil or olive oil before placing in oven. Sprinkle all with salt and pepper prior to cooking. Check all at 30 minutes for doneness. Continue cooking if not done, remove and cover loosely with foil if done until ready to serve.

          1. ipsedixit Apr 25, 2009 12:06 AM

            Cover the skinless chicken breasts with some vegetables -- e.g., celery, carrots, onions, etc.

            1. FoodFuser Apr 25, 2009 02:49 PM

              Mayo in a thin layer on skinless bone-in breasts is wonderful.

              I buy bone in skin on breasts as loss leaders (.79 to .99), then strip the skins to the stock bag in freezer.

              After brining 12 to 24 hours (makes a big difference), make a paste of mayo with ground spices. My favorite is ground coriander seed, granulated garlic, ground dry onion, a bit of miso or shoyu, and white pepper.

              Top the skinless breast with coarse salt, then use a pastry brush to apply the mayo spice mix to the meat portion, not the underside of bones. Top with coarse black peppercorns and cracked coriander. It will brown beautifully in a 450 oven, and keep the breast moist.

              After dinner, the breast bones follow the skins into the stock bag.

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