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Oven Baked Chicken Breast (Juicy Recipe)

This simple recipe for baked chicken breast is juicy, flavorful, and so easy!

Baking chicken in the oven allows the flavors to come together beautifully. The result is tender, moist, delicious meat.

Homemade Baked Chicken Breast with Broccoli and Rice in a Plate
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The oven does the heavy lifting with this simple recipe, so it’s easy enough for beginners! Baked chicken was one of the first things I ever learned to cook, and for good reason. 

Get ready to make the juiciest, most irresistible chicken you’ve ever had.

Baked Chicken Breast

Everyone wants two things from baked chicken breasts: flavor and juiciness. Luckily, this recipe ensures you deliver on both of those. IN SPADES!

The seasoning blend for this chicken is spot-on. And I’ve included several tips to help you retain the chicken’s juiciness. 

If you want something tasty, healthy, and filling for dinner tonight, look no further. This delicious baked chicken breast is just the thing for you. 

Plus, it pairs well with whatever sides you feel like making.

Seasoned Chicken Breast

Ingredients

You won’t need much for this recipe. Here’s the ingredients list:

  • Chicken breasts – I always stick to boneless, skinless chicken breasts. However, you can use this same seasoning blend on thighs, legs, wings, etc. Just adjust your cooking times/temps accordingly. 
  • Butter or Olive oil – I personally prefer using butter. It adds a rich and savory flavor to the chicken. But you can also use olive oil if you prefer.
  • Seasonings – The seasoning mix includes salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. It gives the chicken a phenomenal flavor. Use smoked paprika for a smokier taste. You can also add cayenne or red pepper flakes for heat. 

How to Make Baked Chicken Breast

Baked chicken is one of the easiest types of chicken to make. You don’t have to bread and batter it or worry about scalding it in the skillet. It’s a quick and effortless process.

Here’s how you do it: 

1. Prep your meal. Line a baking dish with parchment paper, and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. 

2. Make the seasoning mixture. Combine all the seasonings in a small bowl. (Salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika.) Mix them well.

3. Season the chicken. Drizzle your chicken breasts in olive oil and rub the seasoning on both sides. Be generous. The more seasoning you use, the more flavor you’ll have.

4. Place the breasts on the prepared baking sheet. Bake them for 20 to 25 minutes until the chicken reaches an internal temp of 160 degrees. (See the “best internal temp” section below for why you should remove chicken at 160 degrees.)

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5. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes (and until it hits 165 degrees). Then, serve and enjoy! 

Two plates of food with rice, broccoli and baked chicken breast

How Long to Bake Chicken Breast 

How long you should bake chicken depends on several factors. These include: 

  • How large the chicken breasts are
  • How thick the chicken breasts are
  • How many you’re cooking at once
  • Your oven’s temperature
  • Whether you’re cooking them alone or with other ingredients

However, generally, you should cook chicken breasts for 22 to 26 minutes at 400 degrees. If you want to cook them at a lower temp, try 25 to 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. 

Just be sure you don’t overcook your chicken. Otherwise, it’ll be super dry. 

What’s the Best Internal Temperature?

The simple answer is that the best internal temp for chicken is 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

Chicken needs to rest for about 5 minutes before you cut into it. Unfortunately, it continues to cook during those 5 minutes. 

So, chicken that comes out of the oven at 165 degrees will be up to 170 degrees or higher after resting. Sometimes, that’s not such a big deal. At other times, it can dry the chicken out. 

Your best bet is to remove the chicken from the oven at 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Then, after it rests, it should be at the perfect temp for you to eat it. 

Healthy Homemade Baked Chicken Breast with Rice and Broccoli

Tips for the Best Baked Chicken Breast 

Baked chicken is a super simple recipe to perfect. But here are a few tips to help you make the process even more foolproof: 

  • Pound it! For an even bake, pound the chicken breasts to a 1/2-inch thickness. You can use a meat mallet, rolling pin, or the bottom of a heavy pan. 
  • Dry it out. Use a paper towel to pat the chicken dry. The seasonings will stick better if you do. 
  • Butterflying is best. Slice the breast horizontally through the middle. Stop about 1/2 inch from the opposite end. Open it like a book to create two thinner cutlets. This will help it cook faster. 
  • Soak in the goodness. Let the breasts soak in the seasoning blend for 30 minutes to 1 hour before cooking.
  • Add an herby twist. Rosemary, thyme, and oregano all make excellent additions to the seasoning blend. They also make your chicken extremely aromatic. 
  • Spice it up. Don’t be afraid to add a dash of cayenne or red pepper flakes to the chicken. You can also vary the seasoning, selecting a Louisiana- or Cajun-style mix instead.
  • Drizzle the juices on top. After your chicken rests, drizzle any juices from the baking dish over it. It’ll make it juicier and more flavorful. 
Baked Chicken Breast and Rice with Broccoli Top View

Serving Suggestions 

Baked chicken tastes great on its own. However, a few sides to make it a complete meal. Pair any of these recipes with your chicken for a treat:

And don’t forget dessert! This Heaven on Earth Cake is absolutely divine. These single-serve Mini Cheesecake Bites are another excellent idea. 

How to Store

One of the great things about baked chicken is that the leftovers taste just as good as the fresh chicken.

To Store: Place the chicken in an airtight container in the fridge, where it should last for up to 4 days.

To Freeze: You can freeze your leftovers for up to 3 months. To make reheating frozen chicken easier, slice or dice it before freezing it. 

To Reheat: Let frozen chicken thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, follow these instructions to reheat chilled chicken: 

  1. Place the chicken in a microwave-safe bowl. 
  2. Add a tablespoon or two of water on top of the chicken. 
  3. Cover the chicken with a microwave-safe lid. 
  4. Reheat for 2-4 minutes, depending on your microwave’s power. 

The water will cause the chicken to steam, rehydrating it so it doesn’t taste dry. You can also cover it with a damp paper towel to achieve the same effect. 

Oven Baked Chicken Breast (Juicy Recipe)

Servings

4

servings
Prep time

20

minutes
Cooking time

25

minutes
Calories

286

kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 2 tablespoons melted butter or olive oil

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Arrange the chicken in a single layer on the lined baking sheet. Brush both sides with melted butter or olive oil.
  • In a seperate small bowl, combine the salt, black pepper, garlic powder, and paprika. Rub the seasoning mix over both sides of the chicken.
  • Bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until fully cooked. Cooking time will vary based on the chicken’s thickness. The internal temperature should reach 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • Use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer. Cook them for 20 minutes for small or medium thighs and 30 minutes for larger ones.
Baked Chicken Breast

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NaTaya Hastings
NaTaya Hastings is a food and recipe writer for Insanely Good Recipes. She’s an educator, boy mom, dog mom, and whatever-stray-enters-the-yard mom. As a result, she's constantly cooking for both humans and animals.

Luckily, she enjoys it!

Though born, raised, and still living in Alabama, her specialty is NOT down-home Southern cooking. Instead, she loves to experiment with Asian, Mexican, Italian, and other ethnic cuisines. She has two mottos when it comes to cooking. “The more spice, the better!” and “There’s no such thing as too much garlic!”

She’s also pretty good with desserts. Especially the easy, no-bake ones.

Her favorite things are cuddling with her four giant dogs, traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out in nature. She’s also pretty excellent at Dominoes.

2 thoughts on “Oven Baked Chicken Breast (Juicy Recipe)”

  1. i wanted a simple seasoning recipe for chicken, that’s it…..no flour or breadcrumbs. gave this a shot and so glad i did. we all loved it.

    Reply
    • Hi Lorraine! So glad you like this chicken recipe. I’m a huge fan of all kinds of spices but sometimes its the simplest recipes that are the best!

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