This is a tasty, easy and quick recipe. Feel free to change up the herbs you use so that you get the flavors your family prefers. I like thyme and marjoram so those are the two I used but the paprika and garlic powder are staples for this recipe. It only takes a couple of minutes to get the herb rub together and cut the breasts in half (lengthwise) so total, this recipe takes less than a half hour before ready to eat.
First, preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dry off:
2 chicken breasts, about 6-8 ounces each
Using a long knife, hold a breast upright against the palm of your hand and cut in half to produce two approximately equal portions of chicken breast. Repeat with the second breast. Next place the breasts on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle with:
1-2 tablespoons olive oil.
Rub to coat the breast pieces evenly. Wash your hands. Next, in a small bowl combine:
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon date sugar (or coconut sugar)
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
Sprinkle the herb mix on one breast at a time and rub to coat. Repeat until all pieces are covered on both sides. I sprinkled all the breasts at once so by the time I got to the third one, the herb rub was a paste instead of dry. That’s why I suggest you sprinkle the rub on one piece at a time! Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees. The time needed will depend on the thickness of the breast pieces. My pieces were about a 1/2″ thick and took around 16 minutes. Don’t overcook or the breasts will be dry. Be sure to let the meat rest for about 5 minutes before cutting. Serves two generously.