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


  • 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


  • 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.



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! 
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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

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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. Never disappoints. I always double it for this qty of chicken bc we love the flavor!
    I have oven roasted and grilled with this marinate and both ways are awesome.5 stars

  2. over time I have seen some great recipes posted and even tried a few. looking forward to seeing more

  3. Thank you so much! My chicken breast turned out perfectly cooked and juicy! I had 4 chicken breasts so I tossed them in olive oil, put them on the cookie sheet and put different spices on each (1 with oregano & basil, 1 with thyme & rosemary, 1 with herbes de provences and 1 with Trader Joe’s 21 seasoning salute spice blend). Each one was delicious!5 stars

  4. Do you have a similar recipe for chicken thighs? I find breasts boring; much more flavour in thighs.

  5. All your recipes loook so easy and amazing. I am going to make the Corn
    pudding and the baked chicken this weekend. I look forward to trying more of your recipes. Thank you for sharing.
    You have recipes that mix ingredients that I had not thought about and I am eager to try…especially the roasted broccoli and carrots.
    Thank you

  6. This is my first time going to do bake chicken breast. Its not finish yet. I will sure to send my comments

  7. Thank you so much for this easy recipe! I’m vegan, and wanted to cook for someone and forgot the temp and time for basic chicken in the oven .

  8. Can’t wait to try your yummy recipes. Thank you Holly. You rock and roll girl. I can smell the goodness from your excellent pictures. Wish I was at your house for dinner. I’ll bring the desert. Some day soon. There’s always hope and the way to everyone’s heart is through their tummy. Food brings us all together. ☮️ out.

  9. I’m looking forward to experimenting with your recipes. Can’t wait. Thank you fir the yummy tips Holly. You rock and roll.

  10. I just wanted to say thank you for all of your help. I’ve been vegan for a while and trying to cook for my parents.

    So far, I’m still a noob, but even the no msg and vegan variations I have used are great. I am allergy-ridden and come from a picky family, so your ideas are universally appreciated. Love what you do. :)

  11. Very Nice Recipe. I am a college student who live in dorms and anything that is quick to make is what I prefer. These chicken breasts are really mouth-watering. Thanks for the recipe!
    However, I do have a question: can I store the leftover chicken in fridge and microwave it when I want to eat it again?
    Would appreciate if you could answer this. Thanks again !5 stars

  12. I baked two chicken breast according to the recipe, cooking them for 25 minutes at 400• They were still very raw in the middle. I cut them into slices and cooked them until finished. Tasty, but! Watch the cook time.3 stars

    1. The cook time can vary based on the size of your chicken breasts, a thermometer is the best gauge of doneness.

  13. One of the best ever baked chicken recipe i have ever tried so far. Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us. Also do check out my special baked chicken recipe as well. 5 stars

  14. This is a great recipe. Trying to clean out my freezer and pulled out the oldest strangest looking chicken breast that I thought might even be freezer burnt………….I guess it wasn’t because this recipe revived it! The juiciest baked chicken breast I’ve ever made. Can’t wait to use the “better looking” chicken breast! :)5 stars