Baked Chicken Breasts

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My all-time favorite oven baked chicken breasts recipe!  It never fails me, thanks to this simple 5-step method that is easy to make and customize with your favorite seasonings.

Perfect Oven Baked Chicken Breast

A few weeks ago on Insta, I asked if you all might be interested in a back-to-basics series about the best ways to bake proteins (i.e. chicken, pork, steak, seafood, tofu, etc.) in the oven.  And your answer?  A resounding yes please.  Tons of you had requests and questions about methods for cooking various proteins, plus more than a few tales to tell about proteins gone not-so-right over the years.  And oh boy, I hear ya.  My little kitchen has seen more than its share of overcooked steaks, completely dried out pork chops, salmon skin glued to pans, and not-so-crispy tofu over the years too.  Which are never fun, especially since proteins can be pricey and intended for special occasions.  But hey, it’s all part of the adventure of learning how to cook.  And eventually, I’ve trial-and-errored my way to some basic methods for baking proteins that have become super-reliable, super-delicious staples in my kitchen.

So over the next two weeks, I thought we could work our way through each of them, beginning today with the #1 most requested protein here on Gimme Some Oven…


Specifically, boneless skinless chicken breasts.

Over the years, I’ve received countless requests for new chicken breast recipes, and many more for tips on how to bake chicken breasts in the oven.  Because anyone who worked with chicken breasts before know that they can be incredibly versatile, yet also incredibly finicky to work with, especially when baked in the oven.  Cook them the wrong way and you’ll end up with a dry, rubbery, tough, and flavorless disaster.  But cooked the right way?!  We’re talkin’ juicy, tender, flavorful, perfectly baked chicken breasts that you will love.

The good news is that they’re also totally easy to customize with your favorite seasonings or sauces.  And also, incredibly easy to make with my 5-step baked chicken breasts method.  Thousands of our readers have tried it over the years and reported back that this method was a game-changer with cooking chicken.  So if you have yet to give it a try, let’s bake some chicken together!

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Baked Chicken Breast Ingredients:

To make this baked chicken breasts recipe, you will need:

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts: You can either purchased fresh (my preference) or frozen (which you will need to completely thaw before using).  Some chicken also comes pre-brined nowadays, in which case you can skip step one below.
  • Butter or olive oil: Your pick!  I like the extra flavor of butter, but olive oil will also work well.
  • Kosher Salt: An essential ingredient in our brine, and also to season the chicken.
  • Seasonings: I included an all-purpose blend of smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt and black pepper in the recipe below, which is super-simple and goes with just about anything.  But feel free to sub in any dry seasoning blend that you prefer.

Also, if you make baked chicken (or any other kind of baked proteins) regularly in the oven, I one million percent recommend having a cooking thermometer on hand too.  It is quite simply the most foolproof way to ensure that your chicken is not over- or under-cooked, and works like a charm.  I recommend either this:

  • Instant-read cooking thermometer (pictured below): which I have owned and used for years when cooking chicken, which retails for about $9.99 on Amazon.
  • Dual-probe wireless meat thermometer: which I also own and love because it can be used inside of a hot oven (especially helpful for baking steak, salmon and pork), which retails for about $24.99 on Amazon.
Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

My original photo for this recipe (2015).

How To Bake Chicken Breasts:

Alright, so here’s the secret!  To make perfectly baked chicken bbrrreasts, you simply need to follow this 5-step acroymn: B.B.R.R.R.

  1. Brine
  2. Brush
  3. Rub
  4. Roast
  5. Rest

Step 1: Brine

I’m telling you — this step is an absolute must for anytime you want to bake chicken breasts in the oven.  Brining chicken is super-easy, it makes your chicken extra juicy, and best of all, it can be effectively done in just 15 minutes.  Plus, if you brine chicken in lukewarm water, it also helps bring the chicken to room temperature, which makes for more even cooking.  Win-win!

To brine chicken, simply fill a big bowl with lukewarm (not hot) water.  Stir in a handful of salt until it mostly dissolves.  Then add your chicken breasts and let them sit in the saltwater to brine for at least 15 minutes.  If you are doing this in advance, you can cover and refrigerate the bowl of chicken and saltwater for up to 6 hours.  But you don’t want to let the chicken brine for much longer than that.

When you’re ready to go, remove the chicken from the brine.  Give it a good rinse it with cold water to wash off the salt, and then pat it dry with some paper towels.  And voila — your chicken is officially brined.

Really, don’t skip over this step!  It makes a world of difference.

Note: That said, some store-bought chicken breasts are now sold pre-brined.  So double-check your packaging beforehand.  And if your chicken has already been pre-brined in a sodium solution, just move onto step two.  :)

Step 2: Brush

…your chicken breasts with melted butter.  Or at least, I highly recommend using butter.  It adds great flavor and helps give a nice golden crust on the outside.  But if you’d rather use olive oil (or another favorite cooking oil), feel free.

Brush the breasts liberally on both sides to prevent the chicken from sticking to the pan, and also to help the seasonings stick.  Then place the chicken breasts in a large baking dish or roasting pan.

Step 3: Rub

If you’re really wanting to keep things simple, you can simply sprinkle some salt and pepper onto the chicken breasts.  But again, chicken will pick up the flavor of whatever seasonings you add.  So even if you’re making a simple dish that calls for “plain” chicken breasts, I highly recommend the simple chicken seasoning recipe I have included below that includes salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika.

Step 4: Roast

So this is the step that causes some squabbles amongst chicken lovers — how long to bake chicken breasts?  And what is the correct temperature to bake chicken?  Do you bake it low and slow (as in, 30 minutes at 350°F)?  Or do you roast chicken high and quick (as in, 15 minutes at 450)?  I have tested out both — and just about every interval in between — dozens upon dozens upon dozens of times.  And in the end, I fall firmly in the latter camp when it comes to baked chicken.

I like to roast my chicken breasts on high heat. 🔥

Depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts, roasting chicken at 450°F should require a cooking time of about 15-18 minutes (depending on the thickness/size of your chicken breasts).  It’s speedy and it’s easy.  But mostly I love it because cooking at high heat quickly develops a nice crispier “crust” on the outside of the breasts, which also helps to lock in those juices and keep the oven roasted chicken perfectly tender on the inside.  It’s the best of both worlds.

I highly recommend investing in a small cooking thermometer to measure the cooked chicken temp in order to tell if it is ready to go (the FDA says that the safe cooked chicken temp is 165°F), versus cutting into it with a fork, which lets those good juices seep out.  I use this instant-read thermometer (affiliate link) that I bought on Amazon for $10, and it will accurately measure your internal chicken temperature in seconds.

Step 5: Rest

This one is a non-negotiable.  You must, must let your beautifully baked chicken breasts rest before cutting into them — a tip which applies to cooking any meat, really.  If you cut in right away, you will lose all of the amazing juices and some of the tenderness that we’re going for.  But if you give your freshly baked chicken breasts a brief rest, it will finish cooking and lock in all of those delicious juices, resulting in the most tender and juicy and delicious baked chicken.

I recommend loosely tenting a sheet of aluminum foil over the pan to keep the heat in while the chicken rests.  And then after 5-10 minutes, you can finally serve and enjoy your perfectly-cooked chicken breasts.

And enjoy every last bite. 

How To Brine Chicken to make Baked Chicken Breasts

Baked Chicken Seasoning Recipe

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How To Season Baked Chicken Breasts:

Again, I’m a big fan of the classic paprika-garlic-pepper mix in the recipe below.  But if you’d like to mix things up, feel free to sub in any of your favorite dry seasoning mixes, such as:

And of course, feel free to also toss the chicken breasts with your favorite sauces (once they have been baked).  Or try out any one of these 5 easy chicken marinades.  Chicken is an incredibly versatile protein flavor-wise, and can be seasoned just about however you please.

How To Make Baked Chicken Breasts Recipe

How To Use/Serve Baked Chicken Breasts:

The easiest way, of course, is just to serve these roasted chicken breasts fresh outta the oven.  But feel free to also slice, shred, or dice these oven baked chicken breasts for use in another recipe, such as these faves:

How To Store/Freeze Baked Chicken Breasts:

Once the chicken has been baked, it can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.  Or you can freeze it for up to 3 months.  (<– I recommend shredding, dicing or slicing the chicken before freezing for easier use.)

Perfectly Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

Side Dish Recipe Ideas:

Looking for some side dishes to serve with this baked chicken recipe?  Here are a few of my faves:

Baked Chicken Breast with Roasted Asparagus

More Baked Protein Tutorials:

Be sure to also check out our tutorials for how to bake other meats, seafood and tofu here.  (More coming soon!)

Enjoy, everyone!

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Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

Baked Chicken Breasts

  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Learn how to make juicy, tender, delicious baked chicken breasts with this simple 5-step method.



Baked Chicken Breast Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness and brined in saltwater (*see easy instructions below)
  • 1 Tablespoon melted butter or olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (I prefer smoked paprika)


  1. Brine the chicken. To brine your chicken breasts, fill a large bowl with 1 quart of warm water and 1/4 cup kosher salt.  Stir to combine until most of the salt is absorbed.  Add the chicken breasts and let them sit in the mixture to brine for 15 minutes.  Or you can also also cover the bowl and refrigerate for up to 6 hours.  Remove the chicken breasts from the brine, rinse them with cold water, then pat them dry with some paper towels.  (However, if the chicken breasts you purchased have already been pre-brined in a sodium solution, skip this step.)
  2. Heat the oven. Preheat oven to 450°F.
  3. Season the chicken. Place the chicken breasts in a single layer in a large baking dish*.  Brush on both sides (turning once) evenly with the melted butter or olive oil.  In a separate small bowl, whisk the salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika until combined.  Then sprinkle the mixture evenly over the chicken on both sides.
  4. Bake. Bake for 15-18* minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink.  Cooking time will depend on the thickness of the chicken breasts, so I recommend using a cooking thermometer to know exactly when it is fully cooked.  The thickest part of the breast, it should be 165°F.  (Or, if you want the chicken to be a little bit browned and crispier on top, you can turn the broiler on high for the final 3-5 minutes and broil the chicken until it is cooked through and golden on top.  Keep a close eye on the chicken so that it does not overcook and/or burn.)
  5. Rest the chicken. Once the chicken is cooked, remove the pan from the oven, transfer the chicken to a clean plate, and loosely tent the plate with aluminum foil.  Let the chicken rest for at least 5-10 minutes.
  6. Serve. Serve warm.  Or, refrigerate in a sealed container for up to 3 days, or freeze for up to 3 months.


Baking Dish: Please note that I do not recommend using a glass baking dish for this recipe (such as Pyrex).  Instead, I recommend using a metal or ceramic (porcelain) heat-safe baking dish.  Or if you do not have a 9×13-inch dish, you can also use a rimmed metal baking sheet instead.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this recipe! My other half, trying to be helpful, picked up and packaged for freezing our order of boneless, skinless chicken breasts for me. Not being the cook in the family, he had no idea I usually freeze 2, 3 breasts max in one bag. He packaged 6 breasts per freezer bag. 🤦‍♀️.
    This has left me struggling to cook 2-3 chicken recipes at once every time I thaw chicken out.
    Tonight while I was making chicken noodle soup I tried this recipe out to utilize the rest of the chicken in the hopes that it would be tasty and tender enough to be worth reheating. It was delicious!!! Tender, tasty, and super easy. Thank You!

  2. This is one of the best baked chicken recipes I have tried, and the brine makes all the difference. Just out of curiosity – why do you recommend not using a glass/pyrex baking dish? I used one and it came out perfect!

  3. This was delicious! I had 6 large boneless breasts, thick. I brined them for about 30 minutes. Brushed them with butter and doubled the spices. Baked @450 for 30 minutes in a glass baking dish. Flipped chicken over and spooned the juice over it, baked it for 15 more minutes. Thermometer was 165..covered with foil for 15 minutes. Perfect! Great recipe, thank you!

  4. Sounds good going to try this tonight.

  5. I usually avoid chicken breasts and opt for thighs, but I tried this recipe last night for dinner and it was phenomenal! I will no longer be afraid of blah, dry chicken breasts.

  6. I usually do chicken breast’s in a pan on the stove, this was different. One question. Why CorningWear or even a metal pan over a Pyrex dish?

    • Nancy, this is probably due to the fact that Pyrex is no longer tempered like they used to be and at such a high heat they have been known to shatter when removed from the oven. Just a guess but hope it helps.

    • Omg I’m not even exaggerating!!!!! THE FREAKING BOMBBBBBBBBBBB

  7. Excellent!! Moist and delicious!

  8. Does this method work on the outdoor gas grill too?

    • The best method I have found for chicken breasts on the grill is, heat your grill on medium heat. When good and preheated, turn down to low place your chicken breasts. Cook with the lid closed for 6 minutes and flip, cook for another 6. If on the thicker side for about 7 minutes each. They always come out tender and juicy for us that way.

    • Absolutely, do it regularly on the Weber

  9. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Best, most moist and tender chicken I’ve ever made. My kids and husband loved it. Thank you!!!

  10. Brining the chicken was new to me. The results were fantastic. Moist and tender baked chicken! A simple, yet flavorful recipe. Definitely a keeper!

  11. My go to recipe for baked chicken breast. I hate dry chicken and used to stay away from chicken breast for that reason. But when baked according to this recipe, the chicken is so juicy and moist.

    • I didn’t pound the chicken before brining it, is it still alright if I pound the 4 breasts after brining? Thanks!!!

  12. I love this recipe and make it a lot! What changes should I make if I use boneless skinless chicken tenderloins instead of breasts?

  13. lemon chicken is nice as well and could cut or slice open and have a filling ? like cheese or stuffing and AND put mixed herbs on roast potatoes when there cooked lovely herby taste to boring potatoes !

  14. Just perfect! It’s the first time I ever done chicken breast because I was always afraid it will come out dry.
    Can’t believe I missed out on many years of this easy foolproof recipy.
    Thanks ever so much!

  15. Thank you for the great chicken breast recipe. Easy and very tasty.

  16. Thanks Ali, first time I have tried your recommendation on how to cook the perfect chicken breast !! 1 word its AWESOME your the best keep up the great cooking… we appreciate you :)

  17. Delicious!! Moist and tasty!! Even my husband who swears off chicken really loved it.

  18. I’ve been looking for some baked chicken recipes, and this sounds great! Can’t wait to try it. I do have a question – why do you recommend not using glass or Pyrex? I have other pans, but now I’m curious.

  19. Which one do you recommend, unsalter or salted butter?

  20. I cooked this tonight for dinner and my family loved it. It is such an easy dish to prepare as the ingredients are simple. I am a terrible cook and even mine came out delicious. My chicken breast were on the thin side so I only had to cook for 15 minutes. The seasoning recipe was perfect.

  21. Would this method work with split chicken breast (skin on)?

  22. Used Pyrex because I didn’t see the disclaimer… (oops) the breasts were also very thick. Still undercooked, rubbery texture, w an internal temp of 145 after 20 [email protected]°… baked an extra 8 minutes and another 4 under the broiler before resting. Despite the variables… Perfection. My best attempt at bscb hands down. Thanks.

  23. I made this using my old George Forman. It only took 8 minutes to do two breasts. I served it with baked potatoes and grilled asparagras without cleaning the grill. Quick, easy and so very good!!!

  24. So good! The only chicken breast recipe I use. Thank you for sharing!

  25. I will never cook chicken breast any other way! All of my children told me it was the best chicken I’ve ever made and my husband threw all the condiments back in the fridge, and assured me this chicken was too perfect to throw ranch on. Thank you!

  26. OMGOSH, your recipe for baked chicken, was AMAZING!!!!! This is now THE only way I’ll make my baked chicken. Thanks you so much for this simple, yet delicious recipe!

  27. This is the best chicken breast ever! It’s really simple to cook and it has an amazing taste! Thank you for sharing this!

  28. Can I brine the chicken and then freeze it to use later. I bought a large package and don’t want to cook it all now?

  29. I normally make chicken thighs because the breast easily dries out. This recipe is perfection and the blend of spices is just right. Highly recommend. I served with homemade fettuccine Alfredo. It was wonderful.

    This recipe is going in the recipe vault forever.

  30. So easy and the chicken is indeed very moist! The brining and high heat are right on the money. I would make sure that whatever baking dish you use is rated for 450F though.

  31. This was absolutely delicious and easy to do u have 7year old triplets and they loved it

  32. How do I heat left overs in fridge or frozen

  33. OMG!!

  34. so good. I’ve never had chicken breast that moist

  35. OMG! This turned out amazing! I’ve searched and tried a few recipes for skinless, boneless chicken breast. I even tried sous vide. This turned out so tender, juicy, delicious and so easy! Thank you so much for this recipe🤗

  36. I followed the recipe and the Italians spice recipe was excellent. Last week I baked chicken at 350 degrees and it was better than baking it at 425 degrees.

  37. Finally! I’m 50 and I finally have a recipe for baking boneless skinless chicken breast that isn’t dry. God bless you!

  38. I followed the recipe exactly. The chicken was too salty. I would use much less salt in the brining process.

  39. I have never had such delicious baked chicken breast. I have been using this recipe for about 2 years now and we are always raving at the dinner table. Thought it was time to give this recipe its well-deserved kudos!