February 18, 2010

Cozi Classic Chicken Recipe

submitted by Candy Tai

Cozi Classic Chicken RecipeIngredients

3 - 4 lb chicken parts (8 pieces)
Olive oil
Ground black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Briefly run chicken pieces under water to rinse and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. Drizzle olive oil on bottom of a roasting pan. Thoroughly rub chicken pieces with olive oil to coat. Sprinkle both sides of chicken pieces with salt and pepper. Place chicken pieces with skin side up in the pan.
  4. Cook for 30 minutes at 400°F. Lower oven temp to 350°F and cook for 15-30 minutes more or until juices run clear (not pink) when poked with a sharp knife or the internal temperature of the chicken breasts is 170°F.
  5. Optional: To brown chicken pieces, place under broiler for 7-10 minutes of cooking.
  6. When chicken is done, remove from oven and tent with aluminum foil and let rest for 5 to 10 minutes before serving

See all the winning recipes from the Cozi Family No-Fail Dinner Recipe Contest.



OK...I am happy for the person who won, and given that I did not submit an entry, I don't have a dog in this race...but...baked chicken? How is that a recipe??? "Put chicken in an oven and cook it" (to paraphrase) is NOT a recipe and shouldn't be a grand prize winner. I feel bad for the other thousands of entries that lost to this submission. I'm surprised that "put hot dog in a microwave and press start" wasn't an honorable mention.

Cozi Blog

Thanks for this feedback! I can understand your perspective, and you're certainly right that the winning recipe was extremely simple. Finding extremely simple recipes that are nutritious, quick and kid-pleasing was the point of the contest, though, and to discover that such a simple combination of chicken and herbs could win the hearts of both kids and parents was a wonderful surprise. You're right that many of the other recipes included more steps and ingredients, but we ultimately had to remind ourselves of the criteria we had established and go from there. BTW, your hot dog reference is hilarious, and I'm glad to be able to say with assurance that while hot dogs are definitely simple and quick, they wouldn't have passed the nutrition aspect of the contest. Thanks again for your feedback. It's definitely good food for thought for any future recipe contests we might have.


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