Happy meal prep Monday! And happy finals week to me :/ This week I’m comin’ at ya with this easy chicken skillet bake that was inspired by the chicken that a friend’s wife made. One day he brought this incredible looking (and smelling) chicken to lunch and boom! I knew I had to recreate it. I had these beautiful, free-range split chicken breasts in my freezer that I needed to use anyway, so I knew what I had to do.
A little bit of a disclaimer here…I’m fully aware that these photos turned out weird. The angles are weird, the lighting is weird…just all around weirdness. I find myself fighting with the lighting in my apartment lately since the clocks rolled back. It gets dark so early now! But anywho, try to look past the weirdness and see the awesomeness of this chicken.
You can easily just use regular boneless, skinless chicken breast if you can’t find (or don’t want to use) split chicken breasts. Just be sure to get the thicker cut kind instead of the thinly sliced stuff.
I served mine up with some steamed broccoli to make it a meal [prep].
Baked Garlic Ginger Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Broccoli
- 2 split chicken breasts, about 1.75 lb (or 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast)
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, sliced (about 400 grams total)
- 4 cups broccoli florets
- 1 tsp olive oil or sesame oil
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1/2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- Pinch of red pepper flakes
- Pinch of black pepper
Whisk together marinade ingredients. Add chicken to a resealable container or plastic bag and cover with marinade. Ensure marinade covers all chicken, then marinate overnight (or at least 1 hour).
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees.
Heat 1 tsp olive oil in an oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add marinated chicken and brown on each side (3-4 minutes per side).
Transfer skillet to oven and bake for 20 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate and add sweet potatoes to the bottom of the skillet. Add chicken back on top of the sweet potatoes and bake for another 20-25 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
Serve with steamed broccoli. Top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
The cooking times listed are for split chicken breasts (with skin and bone). You'll need to cut the baking time to about 30-40 minutes total if using thick cut, boneless chicken breasts.
The nutrition facts listed account for removing the skin from the chicken before eating.