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! 
4.96 from 376 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. Sounds good. Unfortunately you did not recommend brining the breast for at least 3-4 hours before baking. A simple salt water brine makes all the difference in juiciness. Not for a salty flavor but to retain moisture. Chicken white meat in particular benefits from brining.

  2. I have been using this recipe for over a year and I was so glad I found it! I use a variety of seasoning, Greek, Mexican, Italian, it all works. So simple and so tasty! Thank you for sharing!5 stars

  3. Followed the recipe using olive oil, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper and paprika. 22 minutes in the oven and the chicken was perfectly cooked and tasty.5 stars

  4. I preheated my gas oven to 400 and baked skinless/boneless breasts for 26 minutes. They were about one-third still raw. I increased heat to 450 and pit thermometer on thick part of breast. Cooked another 15 minutes before temp read 165. Done but dry. I will try again starting at 450 next time. I will use these beasts, shredded, in another recipe.

    1. Chicken breasts can vary in size from 5 oz to 10 oz. The cooking time listed is for average-sized boneless breasts (about 6oz or so).

      The should be cooked to 165°F and should still be moist at that temperature. Ensure the chicken has time to rest after cooking (and remove it from the hot pan as it rests so it doesn’t continue cooking). Hope that helps.

  5. This is my go-to recipe. We buy a large pack of boneless breasts at Costco, cook them all using this recipe and then freeze individually. It’s great always having delicious, tender chicken breasts on hand for quick dinners, on their own or cut up for salads, pasta or sandwiches.5 stars

    1. Hi Gigi, the cooking time should remain the same/similar, you might need a little longer for these chicken breasts as they are a but larger than the average size. Just be sure to check the internal temperature and make sure that it reaches 165°F before serving.

  6. Oh my goodness – these were perfect, juicy and delicious! Thank you! I opted to follow your advice and cook at 400 degrees and they are just awesome. You have really helped me out here – I am having gallbladder issues and this recipe did the trick! Cannot thank you enough!5 stars

  7. Hello Ms. Holly. Do you cover the chicken before putting it in the oven or leave it uncovered? Thanks for the recipe. Looking forward to trying it.

      1. Holly:

        I have been following your recipes for 2 years, and always loved the results.

        Joan5 stars

  8. This was perfect. I’ve tried baking chicken breasts before in the past and never quite got the timing down but ran this tonight for a large chicken breast at 27 minutes and it came out juicy all around. Thank you!

  9. Have t made it yet but just want to know how many pounds I should use? Breast sizes can be differently in weight. I will be making for an early Christmas lunch with my sisters.

    1. This recipe uses 6oz chicken breasts. Cooking time will need to be adjusted if they are larger or smaller than 6 oz. I would suggest a meat thermometer.

  10. My biggest savior with cooking has been a meat thermometer. I got a pretty inexpensive one the stays in the meat while cooking and has an alarm once you hit the set temperature .5 stars

  11. First time cooking chicken and it came out great! Chicken did take a little longer but I think my apartments oven is just really old !5 stars

  12. I made this recipe, followed it to the tee. After 26 minutes my chicken was no where near done. My oven temperature is true. What a disappointment.1 star

    1. Lynn, some chicken breasts may take longer to cook, as noted in the recipe, and you should cook them until they reach 165F. 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). Hope that helps.