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Recipe: Chicken Under a Brick

Recipe: Chicken Under a Brick

You won’t believe how easy it is to make flavorful, crispy chicken in less than 15 minutes. Boneless chicken breasts are pounded thinly, and then the pressure of a foil-wrapped brick cooks the chicken in 5 minutes flat!  Sprinkled with a spice rub or simply salt and pepper before cooking, this is the ultimate weeknight meal. For extra fun, allow your children to choose their own spice rub.  This is delicious with a mixed greens salad or my Avocado, Corn, and Tomato Salad. 


4 skin-on, boneless chicken breasts (about 6 oz. each)
2 tsp spice rub (such as ancho chile, chipotle, chile lime, etc)
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
olive oil


Place the chicken breasts skin side down between 2 sheets of plastic wrap or parchment paper. Using a meat pounder, flatten them to 1/2 –inch thickness. Sprinkle each chicken breast with 1/2 tsp. spice rub (optional), salt, and pepper on both sides.

Heat the oil in a large grill pan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken, skin side down, and top with the foil- wrapped bricks. Cook for 4 minutes or until the skin is very crispy and the chicken is nearly done. Flip the chicken, and cook 1 more minute until done. Transfer to a serving platter and allow to stand for 5 minutes.

Amanda Haas is a cookbook author and founder of the website One Family One Meal, which provides free recipes, menu plans, and shopping lists to parents who want to cook healthy meals their entire family will love. Her recipes and kitchen wisdom are currently also being showcased by Pottery Barn Kids.  Cooking in Everyday English, her latest cookbook writing project, will be released in October of 2011 (pre-order at Amazon).


Image Source: Amanda Haas

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I have chicken and bricks, but no the skin really necessary? :) Oh, well said, Amber!
daniau daniau 5 years
To get a brick, just get a hammer and a chisel and find a brick house... and there you go....just kidding!!!!! Geez Go to the store !!!!!!!!
KristinaKoenen KristinaKoenen 5 years
i agree sheesh i have a way better fried chicken recipe lol. here in canada u can buy breasts with skin on ...but its all fat lmao
StaceyHrabak StaceyHrabak 5 years
Got kids???? They would LOVE to make this!!! I mean come on, what kid would love to beat the crap out of the chicken, then wrap a brick in foil and then put it on top of the food - just be careful of the hot oil - not too young of children! But a fun kid recipe!!!
PatriciaAlonso PatriciaAlonso 5 years
No offence but what's so speciall about this recipe? Why would you buy chicken breast with skin? The brick trick..hmmm... If you put that 'shaved' chicken on the grill or wherever, it'll cook in no more than 5 min so unless I'm missing something... I don't see anything practical about this recipe sorry (drive to home depot to get A brick? For real? Lol).
vanessaHale6243 vanessaHale6243 5 years
is the brick necessary, surely will cook without it?
CarolHill45741 CarolHill45741 5 years
JayneStranghoener JayneStranghoener 5 years
You can probably ask the butcher at most meat counters for the skin on boneless chicken and yes, get the brick at Home Depot and cover it with heavy duty foil.
LeahChandler28171 LeahChandler28171 5 years
I agree. And where do I get the brick? Great idea and sounds delicious, but do I just go to Home Depot and buy some bricks? Or is this some cooking term I'm not aware of?
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