When buying chicken, I usually purchase boneless skinless chicken breast. However, I recently came across split chicken breast (chicken breast on the bone with skin) that were on sale for a deal that was just too good to pass up. I have to admit, it’s not that I really prefer one over the other, it’s more of a purchasing habit and because of that I honestly did not know how to go about cooking the split chicken breast. Until I came across a pin on Pinterest, it was just an image with a short description for baking the split chicken breast with herb goat cheese between the skin and the meat. Genius!
This chicken came out amazing and it was probably the simplest recipe I have ever made. The chicken was golden & gorgeous, the skin was crisp and puffed up beautifully and the best part…the chicken was so juicy and the flavor was outstanding! Needless to say I will be making this recipe frequently, especially on weeknights when I just need a quick and easy recipe without losing any flavor.
- 4-5 Split Chicken Breast
- 1 Package of Herb Goat Cheese
- Salt & Pepper
Preheat oven to 375°F
Evenly divide the goat cheese into four (or five) pieces and set to the side.
Prepare the chicken; with a pairing knife (or chef’s knife), carefully pull the skin away from the breast meat to create a pocket between the two. Do this to all of the chicken breast.
Place and spread the herb goat cheese into the pocket that you created. Try to get it somewhat evenly spread out, that way you have some goat cheese with every bite.
Season the split chicken breast with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Place the chicken on a large baking sheet or dish and bake for 40-50 minutes, until the internal temperature reaches 163°F (don’t worry it will continue to cook bringing the temperature up to the “safety zone”).
Eat & Enjoy!
My Tastee Tips
I prefer to go by temperature instead of time to ensure that I don’t accidentally overcook (or under-cook) the meat, resulting in dry chicken. Not good eats. If you have an internal thermometer that you can place in the chicken during the duration of the cooking time I would recommend using that and setting the goal temperature for 163°F.
If you don’t have an internal thermometer, you can pick one up at most large grocery and/or retail stores. Look for one that has a thermometer probe attached to a long cord that plugs into the reader, which you can preset to alert you when the desired temperature or time has been reached. This seriously is a kitchen necessity! You can use it when grilling too.
Looking for a side to serve with the baked split chicken breast with herb goat cheese? I kept it simple with a side salad and four cheese couscous! Simple, quick & extremely easy not to mention delicious (I may have already mentioned that).