Easy baked chicken breast recipes can be used as everyday fare or to serve guests an elegant meal. 

Usually chicken breast recipes are reserved for the last meal of the day but they are just as appropriate for the mid day meal. The versatility of such dishes makes them extremely popular.

Additionally, baked chicken can be a very healthy addition to your overall healthy diet plan. There are few other recipes that are as versatile as baked chicken breast.

Chicken As Healthy Fast Food
Fast food is usually considered to be unhealthy because of the large amounts of fat, sugar, and salt it contains. Preservatives may also be on the ingredient list, which only adds to the number of reasons to avoid such foods.

Regardless of how you look at it such fast foods are bad for you. 

However, making fresh chicken in the oven can avoid all these pitfalls of fast food while being quick and easy to prepare.
Butterfly Chicken Breast
Your chicken breasts will cook more quickly if you butterfly them. 

What does it mean to butterfly a piece of meat?

It is simply cutting part way through the chicken breast (or other meat when preparing them) then flipping the cut ends open so the meat will then lie flatter. 

By making the meat thinner it will cook more quickly and have more surface to absorb marinate. When a coating such as bread crumbs are applied to the meat the flavors and coating will cover a greater amount of the meat's surface offering more of these flavors per bite.
Marinated Butterfly Chicken Breast
Butterfly boneless skinless chicken breasts then place in a bowl or plastic bag. Make sure the meat is lying flat to absorb more flavor. 

Cover liberally with your favorite salad dressing. 

Italian, blue cheese (or Roquefort), ranch and all olive oil based dressings work well as marinate. 

Cover bowl or seal plastic bag to avoid having your chicken dry out as it sits in the refrigerator overnight. You can be creative and use other marinates but salad dressings are readily available and easy to use. 

When ready to bake put the marinated breasts into an oven-safe pan or baking dish and bake uncovered at 350 degrees for approximately 30 minutes. The cooking time will differ depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts. Making sure the meat is lying flat will speed up the cooking time. 

The meat is done when cooked through with no red blood or bloody meat visible when a cut is made in the thickest portion.
Recipe Variety
It is easy to fall into the trap of just throwing a chunk of chicken into a pan to be oven baked until it is bland and tasteless. You will find that it is just as easy to jazz up your recipes to be tastier while making your meals healthier.

Easy guidelines to follow are to serve your entrée with a fresh salad. Offering a vegetable platter as an appetizer is another good idea. Both tactics offer foods that retain the enzymes that cooking destroys.