Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

This Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe is ultra tender every time thanks to these tips and tricks I’m sharing with you!

This Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe is quick and easy, perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!pinterestSay goodbye to boring, bland and dried out baked chicken breasts.

Yes, it’s true, you CAN have tender and juicy white meat chicken that’s BAKED in the oven!

Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

  • Start by using a heavy rolling pin or meat mallet to pound your chicken breast to an even thickness.
  • Season liberally with my special seasoning blend (in the recipe card below).
  • Bake for just 20 minutes, then let rest for 5 minutes under foil before slicing.

Here is how to get ultra juicy chicken breast that's been BAKED in the oven!

How To Get Juicy Baked Chicken

Is it really necessary to pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness before baking? Yes, it is absolutely necessary if you want juicy chicken. Here’s why…

The natural shape of a chicken breast is teardrop, with a thicker, meatier portion at the bottom of the teardrop. Chicken must be cooked to 165 degrees F before safely consuming. If you do not pound the chicken down, the thicker portion will take longer to cook to the safe temperature, while the thinner section of chicken breast will get overcooked and result in a dried out, choke-it-down chicken breast.

Do yourself a favor and pound the chicken.

Season chicken breast with a simple blend of spices before baking.

The Perfect Chicken Seasoning Blend

I’m sure you could season your chicken breasts with just salt and pepper and they would still come out fine, but this blend of spices will take your baked chicken to the next level.

  • Brown Sugar – the sugar helps to tenderize the chicken, trust me, it’s a good idea.
  • Chili Powder – adds a delicious smoky flavor, plus gives great coloring to chicken
  • Parsley – great for adding a balanced herb flavor
  • Salt – the seasoning of life
  • Pepper – because it goes with salt
  • Garlic Powder – adds delicious flavor
  • Onion Powder – compliments the garlic powder
  • Cumin – this really gives the chicken something special

Combine the spices together and rub generously into the chicken breast before baking.

Let your chicken breast rest for at least 5 minutes under foil before slicing.

How Long To Bake Chicken Breast?

Since we’re not going to sear chicken in a skillet before finishing of in the oven, you’ll want to start your chicken at a high temperature in the oven.

Make sure your oven is preheated to 425 degrees F before baking. Cooking at a high temperature will help to lock in those juices, resulting in tender, juicy chicken every time.

  • 4 to 6 ounce chicken breasts – 18 minutes
  • 7 to 8 ounce chicken breasts – 20 minutes
  • 9 ounce and above – 22 minutes

Remember to use a meat thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. Let chicken breasts rest for 5 minutes under a loose sheet of foil before slicing.

Ultra tender and juicy Baked Chicken Breast is an easy weeknight dinner!

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Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

Let your chicken breast rest for at least 5 minutes under foil before slicing.

This ultra juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe only takes a few minutes of prep, resulting in tender, juicy chicken breast every time!

  • Author: Shawn
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 4 to 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: American
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Ingredients

  • 4 (7 to 8 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp parsley flakes
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp cumin

Instructions

  1. Pre heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non stick spray.

  2. Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of parchment paper and pound to an even thickness. Drizzle both sides of chicken with olive oil.

  3. Combine seasonings and sprinkle generously over both sides of the chicken breasts. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cover loosely with foil for 5 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!

Notes

If your chicken breasts are smaller in size, reduce the cook time to 18 minutes. If the chicken breasts are larger, increase cook time to 22 minutes. Check that internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

Keywords: Baked Chicken Breast, Juicy, Tender, Oven

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This Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe is quick and easy, perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!

About the author

Shawn is the Owner and Creator of I Wash You Dry. She loves to create and share simple, family-friendly recipes. Mom to 5 adorable children and dwells in the desert of Southern Utah.
190 Responses
  1. liza

    WoW – could not believe how delicious, fast and simple. I will make this often! My super picky family was amazed how great the spice blend worked to make the chicken special – Thanks!

  2. Susie Wall

    I really liked this A LOT!! For just cooking chicken in the oven with seasoning, this is really great. I actually tripled the seasoning because I had 5 organic very large chicken breast and I didn’t want to be short. I used organic coconut sugar because it’s better for you and it’s similar to brown sugar. I added in some Italian seasoning too. I cooked them on a cookie sheet because that was the only pan that would fit all of it. Next time I will cook it for 15 minutes. I think 20 min was a tad too long. I do see the adjustments for for amount you are cooking. Maybe it was because I used a cookie sheet. I also liked that there was a lot of juice. My teenagers alway want a “sauce”. One of them did put on BBQ sauce. UGG. No need for that. Hubby loved it and took it to work today for lunch. Thank you!

  3. Allison

    This might be my new quick and easy signature dish! Can you please recommend a side to make with this for a romantic birthday dinner for my guy?

  4. Lori Rumsey

    This was so so good, even though I used white sugar. Called two neighbors for brown sugar and both were not home. I can’t wait to use brown sugar. Thank you, I will make this again and again. Bravo.

  5. Jeanna

    We tried this recipe tonight. It was very juicy, but my family didn’t like the blend of spices 🙁 I plan on tinkering with the spices and trying it again.

  6. Jade

    Really enjoyed this chicken. I was very surprised by how juicy and tender it was! This will be going into my weekly rotation. Paired nicely with arugula and balsamic vinaigrette for a healthy dinner.

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Shawn Syphus Hi, I'm Shawn and I'm a busy mom of five; pretending to live on a budget. I love to cook, and explore new recipes, but they have to be quick and easy with as few dishes as possible.

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