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

This juicy baked chicken breast recipe has simple seasonings and comes out tender and juicy every time!

They’re perfect for a healthy dinner, easy to chop or shred for chicken salads or casseroles, and perfect for meal prep.

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Juicy Baked Chicken Breast

  • This chicken recipe is a go-to that you’ll make on repeat.
  • Baked chicken breast is versatile, great for meal prep and perfect for adding to casseroles or other meals.
  • This recipe is a healthy option and high in protein.

Ingredients for Baked Chicken Breast

Chicken breast – This recipe is for boneless skinless chicken breasts, approximately 6 oz each. They’re very lean, I do add a bit of olive oil for a better browning on the outside and to help the seasonings stick.

Ingredient Tip

Chicken breasts can vary in size from 5 oz to 10 oz meaning that the cook time can vary. In this recipe, I use average-sized boneless breasts (about 6oz or so).

Baked Chicken sliced diagonally for serving on a wood board

Seasonings – I prefer saving a chicken marinade for the grill and using simple seasonings for baked chicken breasts.

The mix below is easy and versatile but change the flavor up and add in onion powder, chili powder, garlic powder, or even a bit of brown sugar if you’d like. You can also try taco seasoning, cajun seasoning or your favorite spice blend.

chicken breasts tossed with seasoning for baking

How to Make Baked Chicken Breast

Making juicy chicken breast 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 (per the recipe below).
  3. Grease a baking dish or pan lightly to prevent the chicken breasts from sticking.
  4. Place chicken breasts in the oven & bake for around 22-26 minutes.

How Long To Bake Chicken Breast

The key to a perfect baked chicken breast is in temperature and timing. Chicken breasts are naturally lean, so if you overcook them, they will be dry. Cooking chicken at a higher temperature seals the juices.

  • 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).

Tips for Juicy Chicken

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

  • Avoid Overcooking: Keep chicken juicy by not overcooking it. A meat thermometer is recommended for the best results.
  • Remove chicken from the oven at 160-162°F. It’ll rise to 165°F temperature as it rests on the pan.
  • Chicken breasts vary in thickness; use the flat side of a meat mallet (or even a rolling pin) to pound them a little bit.
Baked Chicken resting on a cutting board

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Oven Baked Chicken Breast

Baked chicken breasts are a simple and healthy dinner option that's packed full of protein! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 22 minutes
Resting time 5 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
Servings 6 servings

Ingredients  

  • 4 to 5 chicken breasts boneless skinless, about 6 oz each
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon seasoned salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Lightly grease a rimmed baking pan.
  • In a medium bowl, combine chicken breasts, olive oil, Italian seasoning, seasoned salt, paprika, and black pepper. Mix well to coat.
  • Bake uncovered for 22 to 26 minutes or until the chicken breasts reach and internal temperature of 165°F.
  • Rest for 5 minutes before slicing.

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Notes

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 377 votes

Nutrition Information

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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  1. Easy, yummy and my hubs says it’s a keeper. Very moist when first eaten after resting. I only sliced the breasts we needed for tonight, and sadly forgot to move the other off the stove top so they are a little drier/overdone. They will still work when cut up for a casserole, I’m sure. Only change I made was using some salt and Monterey steak seasoning instead of seasoned salt because I was out – tasted great!
    This is my second review for you today (I made the pork butt earlier for tomorrow), and I haven’t been disappointed with anything I’ve tried from your site, so thank you!5 stars

      1. Hi Holly , your recipe looks great although I will only be using two breasts, should I still use the same amount of seasonings?

  2. Perfect! Juicy, tender, cooked just right. I prepped them with chopped herbs from my garden, olive oil, salt, pepper, and paprika. My chicken breasts were almost 16 ounces each, so they took a little longer to cook, and I basted them a couple of times with pan juices. So delicious! Thanks for the tips on high temperature roasting!5 stars

  3. Hi holly !
    I did mine with everything you told me to do last night for dinner for my mother my boyfriend and myself and it came out perfect. I have a lot leftover in my fridge I’m going to dice up today later on to put in my tossed salad for dinner tonight with my homemade honey Mustard dressing.

    1. Hi Ms. KrazyKatLady, may I have your Homemade honey Mustard dressing recipe, my husband loves that . Thanks Donna

  4. This oven baked chicken breast is my favourite chicken recipe. A quick and easy to make baked chicken recipe i have ever tried. 5 stars

  5. My daughter (picky eater) LOVED your recipe for chicken breasts!!! I use Italian seasoning before in my chicken recipes, but your combination was delish❤️! We both had seconds… Thank you! I can’t wait to tell my friends & family. I’m definitely recommending your recipes :-D
    Truely full,
    Kim W.5 stars

  6. PERFECT!! Juicy BEST CHICKEN BREAST IVE HAD , with no bone or skin. I was worried about the high temp, but I went for it and my son (33 yrs old) loved it as well!!! Good job !!!5 stars

  7. I tried it today and it was delicious. Only thing I did different was let it marinate in the fridge for a few answers. I definitely recommend!5 stars

  8. My baked chicken breast turned out very well; couldn’t have done it without you. Thanks! Donna5 stars

  9. The basics of time and olive oil get you into the ballpark. Using pork rinds instead of bread crumbs and the spices named above: Keto time. Super helpful recipe, thanks!5 stars

  10. I grabbed chicken tenderloins for the purpose of adding it to my fettucine. Do you think it would be safe to throw these smaller cuts of chicken in the oven like this? But just check at a shorter amount of time?

    1. That should work Tina! Just check to make sure they reach an internal temperature of 165°F to ensure they are fully cooked.

  11. I really like this Recipe, I have never cooked chicken before in my life. I followed Holly’s Recipe and the chicken turned out great. It was done in 26 minutes and it was not dry I substituted the spices with what i had. I used 2 table spoons of vegetable oil. I used Lemon and pepper seasoning, poultry seasoning, Onion Salt, table salt, Oregano leaves and Garlic powder. And I smeared butter on the pan to grease it. Thank you so much!!!

  12. I was pleased that chicken was done in 26 minutes! I did pound them to about same thickness before proceeding with recipe. VERY TENDER and tasty. Thank you for excellent recipe.
    Kathleen5 stars

    1. Hi Mary Ann, if baked until they reach 165°F internal temperature they shouldn’t be tough on the outside. But if you find the outside browning or cooking a bit too fast you can always try tenting the chicken breasts with foil.

  13. FINALLY!

    I’m an above decent cook, but EASY boneless, skinless chicken breasts have eluded me for years. I’ve brined, marinated, buttered, covered, you name it… (Granted, I did start using the flat side of the meat tenderizer to make them the same size a few years back and that was an immense help in even cooking). However, this is the first time I’ve found the perfect time/temperature ratio.

    I don’t worry about it anymore. Just place in a freezer bag, beat with a the tenderizer a bit, oil, season, pop in the oven.

    So easy, thank you!

  14. The oven baked chicken breast recipe was a success! Yay! I am afraid to bake chicken breast meat because I always over bake it and it is very dry. Well, I am very pleased to share with you the chicken came out perfect (very moist and very good flavor). I will certainly make this recipe on a regular basis.
    Thank you very much for the recipes, awesome pictures, and tips.5 stars