Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes, Herbs and Lemon

Baked Chicken with Cherry Tomatoes, Herbs and Lemon is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 5.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Here’s a low-fat, low-fuss way to enjoy tender chicken breasts. Baking the chicken takes longer than sautéing or poaching, but it produces more flavorful meat. Cherry tomatoes become even sweeter as they bake, making them a tasty accompaniment to the chicken breasts that cook alongside. If desired, you can omit the tarragon and sage, and top the finished dish with fresh basil and parsley leaves lightly drizzled with olive oil.

Ingredients:

  • 6 1/2 tsp. olive oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, each about 5 oz.  
  • 8 oz. cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 1/2 tsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, cut into 8 thin slices
  • 6 to 8 fresh tarragon sprigs
  • 8 to 10 fresh sage leaves

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 375°F. Lightly grease a baking dish with 2 tsp. of the olive oil.


Place the chicken breasts in the prepared baking dish. Arrange the tomatoes around the chicken. Drizzle the chicken and tomatoes with the vinegar and 2 1/2 tsp. of the olive oil. Sprinkle with the salt and pepper.


Top each chicken breast with 2 lemon slices. Arrange the tarragon sprigs and sage leaves over and around the chicken. Drizzle the remaining 2 tsp. olive oil over the herbs.


Bake until the chicken is opaque throughout, 25 to 30 minutes. Arrange a chicken breast on each of 4 plates, spooning equal amounts of the tomatoes and herbs around each. Drizzle with some pan juices and serve immediately. Serves 4.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Healthy in a Hurry, by Karen Ansel, MS, RD and Charity Ferreira (Weldon Owen, 2011).

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious, fast and easy Made as written for midweek dinner guests. Fantastic! Prepped ahead and set aside to bake later. Was worried that without added liquid it would be dry and bland. Wrong! Flavorful and moist. Dish looked beautiful, too. Chicken does come out pale looking, not browned on top, but since you serve with the lemon slices and tomatoes it doesn't matter. Served with jasmine rice infused with lemon peel and parsley, with garlic green beans. Quick and easy -- a keeper
Date published: 2015-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very flavorful This dish is so easy to make, healthy, and the chicken comes out moist & flavorful. My fiance wanted seconds and to know how to make it for next time. You can substitute the herbs with anything you have on hand. I use Italian seasoning and it turns out perfect.
Date published: 2014-04-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic Flavor Wow! Didn't expect this to be so flavorful but it came through with the clean lemon taste and fresh tasty herbs. This was a double bonus since it was one of the simplest dishes I've ever made. Absolutely delicious.
Date published: 2013-11-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super easy and really tasty I am not a good cook but this recipe is very simple and taste great! I impressed my husband and myself as well :) I used bone in chicken thighs and cooked it 10 more minutes. It was great. I really like, you only use esy to buy ingredients, nothing fancy. I will definitely make this recipe again!
Date published: 2013-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Super easy and yummy! My husband and I made this and used dried basil and oregano for the seasoning. It was very yummy! Our chicken was pretty thick, so needed to bake for much longer than 25-30 mins.
Date published: 2013-09-11
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