Crispy Baked Chicken

I have found in life and through cooking that sometimes we (I) spend so much time looking for different recipes (or other things, I suppose) when the best ones just turn out to be the simplest.  Sometimes they are right in front of you and you didn’t even know it.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love new recipes and I can appreciate fancy as much as the next person.  However, I often find that  my favorite recipes are the ones that just do enough to bring the best out in something.  Nothing fancy, not a ton of ingredients, no special techniques.  Just goodness.

This is one of those recipes.  When I told Jim I wanted to post this he was like, “Well it isn’t really much of a recipe.”  I said, “but the chicken is just so good and it is just a great, simple way to prepare it.”  So that is why this recipe/technique is appearing on the blog.  Plus, what smells better roasting in your oven than chicken??????

There are lots of ways you can cook this crispy baked chicken.  They key is to get the skin nice and crispy.  You could replace some of the oil with butter.   You could also cook the chicken skin side up the whole time and it will still get crispy.  I like how cooking it skin side down gives it a nice sear.  Just make sure all the chicken gets cooked through.  Since chickens vary in size so much you will have to adjust the times accordingly but not by much.

As my girls will tell you, I always eat my chicken with a little hot sauce.  It must be the Buffalo girl in me.


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Crispy Baked Chicken
  • 1 Whole Chicken Cut-Up
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon Salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in the bottom of a rimmed baking sheet (you can add a little more if you need it depending on the size of your pan. Place in the heated oven for 3 minutes
  2. Combine salt, pepper and paprika in a small bowl
  3. Rub Chicken with ½ of the olive olive oil and sprinkle evenly the salt mixture and place skin side down in the heated pan. Make sure the chicken pieces are not crowding each other in the pan.
  4. Bake chicken for 35 minutes and then flip chicken and cook another 15 minutes or until chicken is done (juice is no longer pink from the thickest part of the meat.)
  5. Enjoy!


Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole

Jim could happily eat hamburgers any time, all the time.  While I love a nice juicy cheeseburger with all the toppings if I ate that every day I would be at the gym way more than I would care to be.  So, we very often opt for just lean burgers with no cheese – extra ketchup and maybe some onion soup mix or grilled onions mixed in.

While I do eat them happily, a burger like that isn’t my first choice.  So when I saw this recipe for Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole, I knew we could switch up our burger eating ways.  While the all-beef burger has not gone away in our house, we have a new addition to our burger mix.  And this is my type of burger (add some bacon and you have perfection:-).)  Jim loves it, too.

This burger has everything I like.  Heat, cheesiness (without being too cheesy), some smoky flavor from the grill, spice, saltiness and Guacamole!  In my opinion you cannot leave off the guac on this one because it just brings this whole sandwich together.  As a matter of fact if I can’t find a ripe avocado I will probably wait on this one and just have a hamburger….but that’s just me.  And I am definitely adding a few slices of bacon next time, too:-).


Source: What’s Gaby Cooking (If you want to find some amazing avocado recipes beyond the guac check out Gaby’s blog!)


Cheddar Jalapeno Chicken Burgers with Guacamole
  • 1 /12 lbs Ground Chicken
  • ½ cup chopped onion (I have used green and yellow onions)
  • ¼ cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons chopped jalapeno
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ⅓ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Guacamole
  • Sandwich Rolls
  1. Combine chicken and next 8 ingredients. Form into 4-5 patties.
  2. Cook burgers over medium heat for about 5-6 minutes per side.
  3. Serve burgers with a good serving of Guacamole
  4. Enjoy!