Ina Garten Shares a Trick for a Foolproof 10-Minute Dinner That’s Surprisingly Fancy

How easy is that?

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After enduring 4,583 days of February, we’re pretty much over it all—including making dinner. As if she read our minds, Ina Garten just shared a recipe on her Instagram that takes ten minutes to put together, tastes like you spent the day in your Hamptons kitchen and leaves plenty of time to put your feet up.

“Everyone needs a few dishes you can assemble in 10 minutes, then throw in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes while you drink a glass of wine,” Garten wrote in the caption. “This is one of my favorite recipes for when I’m too tired to cook but really want a hot meal!”

Behold, the Barefoot Contessa’s recipe for chicken with goat cheese and basil, straight from her fifth cookbook, Barefoot Contessa at Home:

She called it “the easiest dinner I know how to make,” and it involves tucking herbed goat cheese and basil under the skin of boneless, skin-on chicken breasts and baking them on a sheet pan.

But this is Ina, and she’s not just tossing us a recipe card and leaving us for dead. She also explained how to ensure the chicken comes out *perfectly* done every time.

“Take the chicken out when its internal temperature reaches 155 to 160 degrees, and let it rest under a sheet of aluminum foil for 10 minutes,” she wrote. “It will keep cooking to 165 degrees, at which point it will still be hot and fully cooked.”

Ooh, our patron saint of dinnertime always has a trick up her chambray sleeve.


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Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City...