Friday, February 3, 2017

Parchment Paper Chicken


Meal Prep.

Hey guys! I recently decided to try a new method of cooking chicken breast using parchment paper. I'm sure many of you can relate to me when it comes to cooking chicken breast that ends up drying out on you. I usually have better success with the thin cutlets. After coming across a post I saw on Instagram about a new way to bake chicken that won't dry out. I was intrigued and wanted to learn more about it.

It was mid-week and I needed to meal prep anyway so it was kind of a win win. Well only if the chicken came out good that is. I definitely didnt want to have to eat on tough textured chicken breast for the next three days. Lol.

After doing my research I learned that the parchment paper method claims to yield moist and tender chicken. During the cooking process the chicken steams in its own juices and retains a lot of flavor. I was ready to test it out for myself so I searched google and Pinterest for a quick recipe that included step by step cooking directions.


Ready for season.


I sprayed both sides of the poultry with olive oil spray, seasoned with my salt free lemon and herb season, black pepper and garlic. I squeezed 1/2 of a fresh lemon over the entire chicken. Next, I sealed the meat in the parchment paper and placed it on a baking sheet. Then cooked it for 30 minutes at 400 degrees.


Seasoned poultry.


Fresh out the oven.


I took it out the oven and used my thermometer to check the internal temperature which read 160 degrees. Perfect! I let it rest for about 5 minutes before cutting it into strips. The chicken was super moist and very flavorful. I was thrilled and thankful that it turned out so good because this was going to be my lunch for the next three days. 


Sweet potatoes.


Along side my chicken I baked a few sweet potatoes and sauteed some fresh spinach to compliment the rest of the meal.


Lunch is served. Protein, carb, and vegetable. 


I'll definitely be using this method more often and look forward to trying it on different cuts of meat. Next up, fish.


Have you every tried the parchment paper method? 

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