Roasted Split Chicken Breast

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This Roasted Chicken Breast recipe is going to make you look like a star in the kitchen! Split Chicken Breasts are juicy and tender on the inside, with a delicious crispy, herb-crusted skin on the outside, roasted chicken never tasted so good.

I love oven baked chicken breasts because they’re quick and easy but baking with the bone in and skin on adds extra flavor and keeps the chicken incredibly juicy!

Close up of oven roasted split chicken breasts on a wood board.

What Is a Split Chicken Breast?

Boneless breasts are great for recipes like chicken piccata or chicken marsala. But for super juicy roast chicken, use split chicken breasts!

It may sound like a fancy cut of meat, but a split chicken breast is a chicken breast with a bone and skin.

Why it’s called a “split” chicken breast? That’s because a whole chicken breast, (a large, heart-shaped cut of meat) technically includes both sides of the chicken and in this case, it’s split in two.

How To Prepare Split Chicken Breasts

These are the easiest and one of the most rewarding baked chicken meals to serve. And if there are leftovers, you’ll be lucky, because it’s great to add to chicken casseroles or to make chicken salad sandwiches the next day!

  1. Preheat oven and brush split breast with the olive oil. I use a basting brush.
  2. Sprinkle seasonings liberally (use recipe below or use your own seasoning mix).
  3. Bake until golden brown crispy and delicious!

Left image - split chicken breast spices in a bowl. Right image - raw chicken topped with seasoning on a baking pan.

How Long To Cook Split Chicken Breasts

It takes a little longer to cook chicken with the bone in. Dinner will be on the table in 40 to 50 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of the chicken breasts.

The best way to be sure it’s done is to insert a meat thermometer into the thickest part of the meat and be sure it reads at least 165°F. Or, use a thin small knife to cut into one breast, to make sure there is no pink left inside.

What To Serve With Split Chicken Breasts

It’s so easy to turn this into a one-pot meal. Just place the potatoes and other vegetables you’ve prepared right in with the roasted chicken and cook them together. Be sure to adjust the cooking time up, depending on how many vegetables are cooking alongside the meat.

No matter what you choose to serve with this split chicken breast recipe, you won’t be disappointed because this is one meal that is scrumptious every single time you make it. It’s just one of those things that literally “always turns out.”

Close up of sliced baked split chicken breasts.

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Split Chicken Breast Recipe

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Chicken, Main Course
Cuisine American
Juicy and tender on the inside, with a delicious crispy, herb-crusted skin on the outside!


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 4 split chicken breasts (bone-in, skin on)

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  • Preheat oven to 425°F.
  • Brush chicken with olive oil and season well with seasonings.
  • Place chicken in a shallow roasting pan and cook 40-50 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F.
  • Garnish with parsley if desired.

Recipe Notes

Any seasoning can be added to the chicken breasts before cooking.
Line the dish with diced vegetables or potatoes for a complete meal in one dish.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 320.89, Carbohydrates: 0.31g, Protein: 48.04g, Fat: 12.89g, Saturated Fat: 2.26g, Cholesterol: 144.64mg, Sodium: 262.53mg, Potassium: 836.2mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 0.04g, Vitamin A: 190.94IU, Vitamin C: 2.71mg, Calcium: 15.29mg, Iron: 0.98mg
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Top photo - Baked split chicken breasts on a baking pan. Bottom photo - raw chicken topped with seasoning on a baking pan.
Left photo shows baked split chicken breasts on a baking pan. Top right photo shows raw chicken topped with seasoning on a baking pan. Bottom right shows a bowl of seasonings for the chicken.
Top photo - Close up of sliced baked split chicken breasts. Bottom photo - raw chicken topped with seasoning on a baking pan.

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