Yes, you can roast or bake chicken in a toaster oven. Sometimes even a whole Thanksgiving turkey. The process is roughly the same as with a regular wall oven, only difference is the temperature and time. Here is my go-to recipe with some tips of how you can make sure it is tender, juicy and flavorful every time.
- Boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Better if fresh, but if not, thaw them completely beforehand
- Kosher salt
- Melted butter or olive oil
- Seasoning (I use a pre-made mix of rosemary, garlic, oregano, and onion. Also thyme if you’re into that. But even just salt and pepper are fine)
- Brine your chicken, especially if yours was frozen – this will help with juice. Mix one tablespoon salt and a pinch of sugar with two cups of water, and leave the breasts in the brine for anywhere between 15 minutes and two hours.
- Get the toaster oven preheated to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. If your oven has cooking options then opt for “Bake”.
- Rub the chicken with your favorite seasoning. If you brined the chicken beforehand, skip the salt.
- Line tray with Silpat or aluminum foil and spray it with cooking spray.
- Arrange chicken breasts on the tray, but don’t overcrowd it. Lightly brush with olive oil.
- Grill for 40-45 minutes. If you use a meat thermometer, your goal is internal temperature of 165F.
- After you’re done, rest the chicken. By that I mean just leave it alone for 5 minutes. That way it will reabsorb the moisture.
Keep refrigerated for up to four days, or store in the freezer for up to four months.
As simple as that! If your breasts usually come out hard as hockey pucks, I dare you to try this way. You’ll be surprised.
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