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The Easiest Roast Chicken for One, Ever.

The Easiest Roast Chicken for One, Ever.

Sometimes, I can be a real lazy piece of crap. I mean, haven’t you ever come home from work, too tired to even pick up the phone and order take-out? And then you debate whether it would take more time to wait for take-out to be delivered, or to make yourself something for dinner. And you debate for, like, 30 minutes, then curse yourself because that was more than enough time to prepare a meal. Somedays, when my husband comes home and asks ‘What’s for dinner tonight honey?’, he gets 1 of 3 answers:

1) I worked 8 hours today too, make it yourself damnit!!

2) We are having __________ <—(insert nice, thought out meal)

3) Ughhhhh…..

#3 is usually where I debate whether to order take-out or make something really simple. The laziest thing I can whip up easily and quickly is this wonderful simple roast chicken. The next laziest thing is probably a peanut butter & jelly sandwich, but I can’t imagine feeding him a PB&J sandwich for dinner, ever, unless my husband was 12 years old.

This is also a recipe for someone cooking for one.  You can look like you’re having a gourmet-looking chicken dinner, just imagine yourself sitting in a restaurant. Alone, of course.

The Lazy-woman’s Easiest Roast Chicken Recipe, Ever. (1 chicken breast per serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast, preferably with bone and skin on.
  • chicken broth or water
  • salt
  • pepper
  • olive oil or butter
  • *lemon juice, rosemary, thyme and garlic is optional

Lazy Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2) Place chicken breast(s) in casserole dish. Add salt, pepper, and any spices you have.  Generously drizzle olive oil, or brush melted butter on top. Then pour water or chicken broth (.5-1 inch)  in bottom of dish, to prevent burning/smoking in the oven.

3) Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until juices run clear.

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Illustrated Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2) Place chicken breast(s) in casserole dish.

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3) Add salt and pepper, and any spices you have. Generously drizzle olive oil, or brush melted butter on top. But finding a brush could require work if you’re lazy… Then pour water or chicken broth (.5-1 inch)  in bottom of dish, to prevent burning/smoking in oven.

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4) Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until juices run clear.

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* Tip to get the skin extra crispy: After you are finished roasting, set the oven to broil, and leave the oven door slightly ajar. Watch as skin browns and crisps, should be VERY quick once the oven is hot enough, so keep watching it carefully. Should be no more than 2 minutes.

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