Easy Baked Chicken Breasts

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Oven baked chicken breast is simple, delicious, and easy to prepare!

These juicy baked chicken breasts are simply seasoned and baked until tender and juicy!

They’re perfect for dinner, perfect for meal prep, and easy to chop for chicken salad.

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Ingredients for Baked Chicken Breast

This juicy oven baked chicken breast recipe is juicy and delicious – I make it on repeat. Baked chicken breast is great for meal prep and perfect for adding to casseroles or soups.

Chicken breast – This recipe uses boneless skinless chicken breasts, approximately 6 oz each. The chicken is drizzled with oil for better browning on the outside and to help the seasonings stick.

Chicken breasts can vary in size from 5 oz to 10 oz, so the cooking time can vary. Use average-sized boneless breasts (about 6oz) or adjust the cooking time if needed.

Seasonings – Save the chicken marinade for the grill and use seasonings for baked chicken breasts. I use seasoned salt, Italian seasoning, paprika and black pepper.

Variations

  • Add onion powder, garlic powder, or other spices like chili powder.
  • Use your favorite chicken seasoning, or try cajun seasoning or taco seasoning.
  • You can replace chicken breasts with boneless chicken thighs. Bake them for about 20 – 22 minutes or until they reach 165°F.
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How to Make Baked Chicken Breast

Making perfect chicken breasts is very easy; the key is in the cooking time and temperature.

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  2. Mix chicken breasts with olive oil, herbs, & spices (recipe below).
  3. Place the chicken breasts on a greased baking pan for 22-26 minutes.

Avoid Overcooking: My top tip for juicy chicken breast is to ensure you don’t overcook. A meat thermometer (which is inexpensive) is a must-have in my kitchen.

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How Long To Bake Chicken Breast

Chicken breasts are naturally lean; overcooking will dry them out. The times below are for 6oz chicken breasts (thaw if fozen).

  • To Bake Chicken Breast at 400°F: This will take between 22 and 26 minutes depending on the size of the chicken breasts.
  • You can cook chicken breasts at 350°F for closer to 25-30 minutes (although I prefer the higher heat above).

The chicken breast should reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

  • Chicken breasts vary in thickness; for even cooking, use the flat side of a meat mallet (or even a rolling pin) to pound the thicker size to a more uniform thickness.
  • Remove chicken from the oven at 160-162°F. It’ll rise to 165°F as it rests on the pan.
  • Once cooked remove the chicken from the baking dish and transfer to a plate to rest.
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Oven Baked Chicken Breast

Baked chicken breasts are a simple and delicous – they’re perfect for dinner or meal prep!

Prep Time 5 minutes

Cook Time 22 minutes

Resting time 5 minutes

Total Time 32 minutes

Servings 6 servings

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a rimmed baking pan or line it with parchment paper.

  • In a medium bowl, combine chicken breasts, olive oil, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, paprika, and black pepper. Mix well to coat.

  • Transfer the chicken to the prepared pan and bake uncovered for 22 to 26 minutes or until the chicken breasts reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

  • Transfer to a plate or cutting board and rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

  • Cut into slices and drizzle with the juices.

Smaller chicken breasts will take closer to 22 minutes, larger chicken breasts will take closer to 26 minutes. For best results, use an instant read thermometer.
Chicken breasts can vary in size from 5 oz to 10 oz. The cooking time listed is for average-sized boneless breasts, 5oz to 7oz each.
If the chicken breasts are very thick on one end, pound with a meat mallet to a more even thickness. 
Store chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the oven, on the stovetop in a pan, or in the microwave. Or, chicken breast can be added to soups, salads, or casseroles! 

4.96 from 445 votes

Calories: 236 | Protein: 40g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 120mg | Sodium: 412mg | Potassium: 696mg | Vitamin A: 100IU | Vitamin C: 2.2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Chicken, Dinner, Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American

What to Serve with Baked Chicken

We love baked chicken with a simple side dish and a fresh vegetable. Here are some of our fave sides.

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Oven-baked chicken breast is a yummy and easy dish that will make your taste buds happy. It’s tender, juicy, and full of flavor! You can enjoy it by itself, in a salad, or in a tasty sandwich. No matter how you have it, oven-baked chicken breast is a versatile and tasty option for a satisfying dinner. #ovenbakedchickenbreast #bakedchicken #easyrecipe #spendwithpennies

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