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My 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. Your answer? A resounding yes, please. Many 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…

…chicken.

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 purchase fresh chicken breasts (my preference) or frozen chicken breasts (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 that butter adds, but olive oil will also work well.
  • Kosher Salt: An essential ingredient in our brine, and we will also use salt to season the chicken before baking.
  • 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 bake chicken (or any other kind of baked proteins) regularly in the oven, I strongly having a cooking thermometer on hand too. It is 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.

How To Brine Chicken to make Baked Chicken Breasts

Baked Chicken Seasoning Recipe

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 acronym: B.B.R.R.R.

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

Brine (Step 1): 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. :)

Brush (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.

Rub (Step 3): 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.

Roast (Step 4): 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 that I bought on Amazon for $10, and it will accurately measure your internal chicken temperature in seconds.

Rest (Step 5): 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. 

Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

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:

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 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 check out our tutorials for how to bake other meats, seafood and tofu too!

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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

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


Ingredients

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Instructions

  1. Brine the chicken. (Check the label of your chicken breasts. If they have already been pre-brined in a sodium solution, please skip this step.) 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 paper towels.
  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. Sprinkle the seasoning 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 the chicken is fully cooked. The thickest part of the breast should measure 165°F. (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 of the cooking time and broil the chicken until it is cooked through and golden on top. Keep a close eye on the chicken, however, 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 and enjoy!


Notes

Baking Dish: Please double-check the maximum temperature of your baking dish for this recipe. Glass dishes (such as Pyrex) usually have a maximum recommended temperature of 425°F, so we do not recommend using a glass dish for this recipe. You can also cook this recipe on a thick metal baking sheet.

Storage instructions: Cooked chicken can be stored in a sealed container and refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

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3,137 comments on “Baked Chicken Breasts”

  1. These were fantastic! Highly recommend this recipe.

  2. I tried this baked chicken breast recipe yesterday, and followed exact instructions. I must say, I was a bit skeptical, but delighted at the result! Best chicken breasts EVER! Thank you so much! No more rubbery chicken. I will only bake it like this from now on!😊

    • Simple, quick, tasty. I’ve made this a number of times and it’s a staple. This is my favorite chicken breast recipe I’ve found for meal prep lunches because it has great flavor and doesn’t dry out!

  3. This chicken was SO good!! I made it to put in the soup I am making tomorrow, but I had a piece tonight and it was DELICIOUS. Thanks for the recipe!

  4. I was making the chicken to put in a soup tomorrow, but I snuck a breast for dinner tonight and it was DELICIOUS. Will forever brine my chicken prior to baking it. GENIUS.

  5. This was my first time brining my chicken breasts before baking them. I will never skip that step again! What a difference that makes! I made a rub with 1/2 fat mayo, smoked paprika, garlic powder and lemon juice. Delish!

  6. I did some pheasant and chicken at the same time and it was the best pheasant I’ve ever cooked! And I’ve been making a lot of pheasant without a lot of success. Thanks for the tips!

  7. I have used this recipe a lot and I love it! I use different spices, which helps! So delicious! 😃

  8. Excellent meal prep chicken that tastes great! I was tired of making chicken breasts and not enjoying eating them. This chicken is plump and juicy, not dry, even several days later. The seasoning is delicious but not overpowering so I can also add flavorings and ingredients later depending on what I’m using it for.

  9. I’ve tried many different chicken breast recipes and always come back to this one. They always turn out awesome. I like to pound them out so they are the same thickness then brine. Thay always turn out so moist. I have sous vide chicken breast also, which is very good, but still love this method the best.

  10. I’m so happy I found this recipe! I’m not exaggerating when I say this is the BEST chicken I’ve ever had! After reading a few reviews that said they made it exactly like the recipe, I did too. I did have only 2 breasts so I divided the spices in half, but other than that, the same. I was hesitant to use garlic powder because I didn’t really want a garlicy taste. But, you actually don’t taste garlic. And the pepper is a little more than I might have used on my own, but it was perfect! I’m actually raising my protein levels per day and knew that would include chicken. So to me this recipe is HUGE! Thank you so much! This is my first time on this site, so I’m going to look at more recipes here. KUDOS for this AMAZING RECIPE! Oh, I forgot to mention that this is also the juiciest chicken I’ve ever had!

  11. Yummy!

  12. Never again will a 350 agree chicken breast darken our oven door.
    We used a Brown Mustard and Honey Rub over roasted veggies.
    Outstanding!

  13. The Best Recipe I’ve ever found

  14. Love this recipe! I didn’t have garlic powder so I used fresh crushed garlic, heated it in the melted butter with the other seasonings and brushed it on the chicken. Delicious!

  15. I didn’t truly follow the recipe but the hints for baking the chicken breast re timing , then resting the breasts for 10 minutes with a foil tent, we’re perfect. I did not believe you only needed 15 minutes to bake. Thought they would not be cooked through. So wrong. Very moist, cooked through. Baked at 450 F.

  16. Chicken tasted good, and was juicy. Had to cook it almost 30 minutes at 450. Wasn’t near done at 15.

    • You’d better check your ovens temp gauge. If it isn’t cooked at that temp and time, something is wrong. May be time for a recalibration or a new unit all together. Best of luck.

  17. Without a doubt, the best chicken I’ve ever made! Thank you for such a simple and delicious recipe.

  18. Do any commenters have an alternate recommendation for a baking dish aside from the Crate & Barrel baking dish that’s in this recipe’s description?

    The recipe calls for preheating oven to 450°F, though in the description of the Crate & Barrel baking dish from the link provided in the recipe on this page (https://www.crateandbarrel.com/aspen-large-baking-dish/s681621) says that its max is 400°F (which seems like a possibly dangerous oversight to a newbie cook/baker).

    Any 450°F+ baking dish recommendations for a newb?

    • Yes, use a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil just to be safe…. mine turned out great and was happy with the no mess clean up…

    • EMILE HENRY, hands down, is the best ceramic bakeware. from pie plates to pizza stones to 9 x 13 pans. they are amazing, handle high temps, can go from fridge straight to oven and clean up beautifully. worth the investment.

  19. If you have a gas oven, don’t use this temperaturw…set my smoke alarms off….

  20. I really never leave comments on recipes but I had to this time. This is a completely different way of baking chicken breasts than I’ve used before.. and because of it, chicken breasts will be back on my regular dinner menu! I was so over the long bake time and the rubbery outcome. This way is quick and easy (a MUST with a baby), tender, moist and just wonderful. Even when I used thawed frozen breasts. I used melted ghee for brushing, added some ground thyme and rosemary along with the suggested seasonings, and then drizzled it with homemade honey mustard sauce for the last few minutes of baking. It was delicious! Picky husband even ate his whole piece. Thank you so much. I will forever use the BBRRR method :-)

  21. As of right now, my favorite baked chicken recipe!!! Two nights in a row because we can’t get enough. Super informational and I’ve now learned how to bake chicken the right (and best) way!!

  22. Delicious and moist @ 20 mins. Great recipe and I agree with others that brining will be my way forward with baked chicken breast recipes!

  23. So easy and SO good! Thanks. I will be making this again, often.

  24. I tried this recipe last night and the chicken was PERFECT!! Thank you for sharing this recipe!!

  25. Was absolutely delicious! Will for sure make again. We loved it! Thank you so much for the recipe. My oven (electric) has not been working right so I used the convection oven at 425 degrees for around 15 min. My chicken breasts were pretty big so I pounded them out so they were even. Worked out great! Thank you again,
    Debbie

  26. The recipe was fine EXCEPT for the kosher salt Brine. I followed the directions correctly and it was way too salty. We ate some and discarded the rest because of the salt. I will try it next time without the salt.

  27. Good but too salty. I wouldn’t add the salt to the spice mix after brimming.

  28. This sounds wonderful! I am wondering how to reheat the chicken if I make it in advance?
    Thank you!😊

  29. Super tender and extremely delicious! Has been a no-fail recipe on both occasions that i used this recipe! Definitely recommend!

  30. Repeat recipe! Thanks!

  31. .Perfect! The flavor was amazing! Definitely will be making this one again. Thanks!

  32. Yes, the brining made a difference! I do not usually cook chicken breasts, but had purchased an extra pack.
    Will make this again. A thermometer was handy as one piece was slightly larger.

  33. I just made this recipe, as a new to cooking guy, it was EASY, smells TERRIFIC, and TASTES AMAZING! Thank you for sharing.

  34. I brush the chicken with low fat mayo!

  35. Made this for my daughter and family after baby arrival. They LOVED it and made it again.

    Made it using boneless/skinless thighs (price of chicken is going up!) and just as delicious. Did cook the thighs at 350 to internal temp

    Thank you for this easy but delicious recipe.

  36. Very moist and tasty! Love this recipe!

  37. Tender for sure, maybe from the brine? Chicken lacked flavour though. I’ll stick to some of my other favourites to kick it up.

  38. I made this tonight and it was juicy and tender, followed the directions and it was very tasty.

  39. I made this chicken dinner tonight and it was a big hit with the family. This was so delicious. So moist inside!! I usually don’t brine, or cook at high temps, but doing both makes a huge difference! I loved it! Thanks!

  40. This was so good! I used paprika, garlic powder, chili powder, salt, and pepper as the seasoning. I added the chicken to a caesar salad and it was awesome!

  41. Any chance you could post your recipes in degrees C alongside degrees F? It would help us non Americans

  42. It was easy and very tasty but not crispy. I did this on vacation and had most of the ingredients so I gave it a shot and glad I did. Thanks for the post.

  43. WOWWWWW!!! THE BEST CHICKEN IVE EVER COOKED IN MY 35 YEARS!!! Honestly so thankful for this recipe/how-to! I always dry out my chicken, always, and when I made this, I was shook. Soooo delicious and juicy, thank you!!!!

  44. Everything is so nicely described that really helped me to understand it better. I am looking forward for more of such delicious recipes in coming future too.

  45. The chicken came out perfect! Nice and easy recipe to follow

  46. Awesome recipe! I bake lots at same time and freeze for use later in other recipes or for wraps or rice bowls! Brining is a must!

  47. I’ve made this twice. It’s delicious & foolproof! The entire recipe is well laid out & explained step-by-step.
    I used sodium free salt to make it more heart healthy. Thanks so much

  48. I only have regular paprika, will this work or be too spicy ?

  49. Why do you need to defrost chicken breasts first? Save time with juicier results starting with frozen boneless skinless breasts. Still depends on the chicken. Big difference in chickens.

  50. Super easy and fast to make. It taste so good, my husband absolutely loved it.