What is your favorite easy-to-make, relatively healthy and lip-smacking delicious dish? For me it would be a bone-in chicken breast served over a bed of Italian pasta, sprinkled with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, a touch of basil infused olive oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar. It’s a winner every time.
I will pick a bone-in chicken breast over a skinless, boneless breast eight times out of ten. The reason is simple – it tastes better. The fat from skin adds flavor, and the skin itself protects the delicate white meat from drying out.
The bone, contrary to popular belief, does not make the meat more flavorful. What it does is it, similar to skin, protects the meat and helps keep it moist and juicy. Serious Eats and Amazing Ribs have both concluded that bones in meat do not add flavor but act as a barrier for moisture. I’ve done a number of side-by-side tests and I am convinced, bone-in, skin-on just tastes better. Bone-in, skin-on breasts are also more forgiving and give you a better chance at success.
There are some great skinless chicken breast recipes out there that produce a very flavorful and succulent breast, like this baked chicken breast recipe, but the majority of the time bone-in, skin-on beats skinless in the flavor and juiciness department.
Here is my collection of the absolute best bone-in chicken breast recipes that never cease to impress. Even the most picky eaters are guaranteed to be satisfied.
Crispy Oven Roasted Bone-In Chicken Breast
This oven roasted bone-in chicken breast is crispy-skinned, tender and juicy on the inside, and very flavorful. It’s very easy to make and practically impossible to mess up. This one is my all-time favorite recipes and everyone who tried it fell in love with it immediately.
Scrumptious Oven Baked Chicken Breast
This oven-baked chicken breast is one of the easiest to make, and one of the best tasting chicken breasts. This is probably my most favorite baked chicken breast recipe due to its simplicity, effortlessness and amazingly delicious results. The best part, it’s almost impossible to mess up. Even if you are a novice cook.
Slow Cooker Bone-In Chicken Breast
I used to think that chicken breast did not belong in a slow cooker. That was until I tried this slow cooker chicken breast recipe that completely changed my mind. The breast meat comes out so tender, so flavorful and so juicy that it can easily rival slow cooked dark chicken meat. The best part, it uses an adaptation of my wildly popular chicken thigh marinade that makes this chicken breast so tasty that you will be running for seconds.
Baked Bone-In Chicken Breast with Goat Cheese and Basil
This is one of Ina Garten’s awesome baked chicken recipes, which I slightly modified. It’s simple, yet ridiculously delicious. Goat cheese adds a wonderful tang and creaminess to white chicken meat. It makes you wonder why would you ever eat chicken breast any other way. All you need is skin-on, bone-in chicken breasts, goat cheese and fresh basil. And some salt, pepper and a little bit of good quality olive oil to season them.
Asian Delight Baked Marinated Chicken Breast
With a strong hint of Asian flavors, this marinated chicken breast will appeal to any taste. It’s very easy to make and packs so much flavor! I called it Asian Delight.
Baked Bone-In Lemon Garlic Chicken
This Baked Bone-in Lemon Chicken Breast is another gem recipe by Ina Garten. I’ve tried many lemon chicken recipes, but this one truly hits the spot. It’s citrus-y and garlic-y. It’s absolutely delicious. A must try!
Italian Dressing Chicken
Two simple ingredients is all you need to make this delicious dish. That’s what Italian dressing chicken is all about – simple, quick and ridiculously delicious. Even if you have no cooking experience, or even any desire to cook, you can make this dish and still impress just about anyone.
Balsamic and Garlic Grilled Chicken Breast
This is an outstanding bone-in grilled chicken breast recipe. The secret is in the balsamic and garlic marinade that tenderizes the meat and makes it very flavorful. I grilled these chicken breasts, but you may as well bake or slow cook if you so desire. I am sure it these marinated chicken breasts will turn out great no matter how you cook them.
Smoked Bone-in Chicken Breast
This recipe is a variation of my super popular baked chicken breast recipe. The big difference here is that the chicken breasts are smoked on a grill or in a smoker. It’s best to use a charcoal grill, adding a few chunks of cherry wood for smoke. This lends the chicken amazing smoky flavors and dark red color.
Now, smoking meat in a pan seems counter-intuitive. At least I felt that way initially, until I tried the chicken. It was one of the best smoked chicken breasts I had ever tried. The butter and the chicken stock help keep the meat moist and add flavor. Without them the breasts will come out drier and a little rubbery. If you’ve ever tried smoking chicken breasts you know the challenge.
I did some experimenting with this recipe and found that bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts come out a slightly more tender and a touch more flavorful, though boneless, skinless breasts tasted amazing too. Chilled and diced, skinless breasts cooked this way are fantastic for chicken salads.
Follow the recipe to prepare the chicken breasts. Place them into an aluminum foil pan, add chicken stock and butter. Smoke at about 275F – 300F over indirect heat for about 1.5 – 2 hours, until the chicken reaches internal temperature of 165F. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and serve.
Roasted Bone-In Chicken Breast With Olive Oil, Lemon, and Rosemary
This zippy, easy to make chicken breast with lemon and rosemary gets me super excited every time I make it. I love its lightness and summery brightness. Skin-on chicken breasts and lemon go so well together as the acidity of the lemon perfectly balances out the fat in the chicken skin. For the same reason it goes really well with rich (but so tasty) hibachi rice.
Roasted Bone-In Chicken Breast with Clementines and Arak
This bone-in chicken breast recipe is adapted with some modifications (see my notes in the recipe) from one Yotam Ottolenghi’s book titled Jerusalem: A Cookbook.
This chicken is ‘citrusy’ and intensely flavored. In a very good way. All the intense flavors from clementines, lemons, mustard, fennel, and brown sugar somehow work together really well, creating a slightly sweet, comforting dish that I became very fond of.
Looking for even more great bone-in chicken breast recipes? Check out these tried and true recipes that I liked:
Baked Split Chicken Breast – Allrecipes
Easy Split Chicken Breast – Genius Kitchen
Chicken Breast with Goat Cheese and Sun Dried Tomatoes – Food Network