The chicken has origins dating far back in history. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, the chicken comes from the Southeast Asian red jungle fowl, which was first domesticated in India around 2000 BC. Most chickens in America today are from the Cornish and the White Rock breeds. There are many ways to cook a chicken, such as grilling, frying or even baking. In fact, baking a chicken breast is fairly simple and can be served with any kind of vegetable or rice.

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Take the whole breasts and rinse under water, if desired. The USDA does state it is not necessary to rinse since any bacteria is destroyed during cooking. However, some people prefer to rinse the chicken. Place chicken in a baking dish.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Melt the butter on medium heat while oven is preheating.

Season the chicken. First, brush the butter over the chicken breast with a basting brush. Then sprinkle salt and ground black pepper evenly over all chicken breasts.

Bake the chicken breasts. The USDA states that a 6 to 8 oz. chicken breast with the bone will take approximately 30 to 40 minutes to cook thoroughly.