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.
331 Responses
  1. Hi Shawn. Thank you for this really delicious recipe. I made it a few times already & used it in different dishes. Once mixed in salad with a lemon dressing for a light dinner for 4 & once as a main dish with vegis & pasta on the side. My children & husband really liked it. I will try with peppers in fajitas next time.

  2. KELLIE AUCOIN

    This is an amazing chicken recipe. We’ve made it just as it and also used it for chicken tacos. It was absolutely yummy with homemade mashed potatoes and also with air-fried brussel sprouts with bacon. Thank you so much! We have this at least once a week! Curious, what’s your favorite side dish with this?

  3. Maheen

    Hi Shawn!

    Im a University Student and my apartment doesn’t have an oven.
    Can I cook (fry) the Chicken Breasts in a pan on the stove instead ?

    1. Hi Maheen! You can definitely cook the chicken on the stove top. Just make sure you still pound the chicken to an even thickness first. I would coat the pan with a little oil over medium heat and cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat and cover loosely with foil for a few minutes before slicing!

      1. Maheen

        Thank you so much Shawn! Just tried the recipe out exactly how you said ‘coat the pan with a little oil over medium heat and cook for 3 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from heat and cover loosely with foil for a few minutes before slicing’.
        And it turned out AMAZING!
        My housemates LOVED it.
        Cant wait to try more of your recipes!

  4. SMP

    This is an outstanding chicken recipe! I’ve been looking for some chicken help and this is just what I was hoping to find. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Steve

    Amazing and quick! Thank you so much, Shawn.
    We’re on lockdown like a lot of folks.
    I was looking for recipes for chicken breasts that required ingredients I had in the house. My new “go to” for chicken!
    I’ll be looking here for more recipes for sure.
    Stay well, everyone!

  6. Beth

    I loved loved loved this recipe !! I love to cook and I am always being told to do it professionally. So I am quite the entrepreneur when it comes to cooking ,and this chicken breast recipe is by far one of the best out there. Great flavor and was tender and juicy. Served ours over a bed of 4 cheese pasta and a veggie medley of cauliflower, carrots, and broccoli on the side.

  7. Cassie

    Chicken breasts are usually super dry, but these are so juicy! Love the recipe, the seasoning blend is perfect.

  8. Megan

    Question – With the chili powder and cumin, is this a spicy dish? I’m excited to make this but my eaters are primarily older(65+) and I worry about the spice factor?

    1. Cumin is not spicy, and really I don’t think chili powder is either… but I might be more immune to it? Make sure you’re using Chili powder and not Chipotle Chili Powder. If you are still concerned, you can reduce or omit the chili powder.

    1. Danica

      This is a Winner! Juicy, tasty, flavorful. Family of 4, all asked me to make this again soon! Very easy for a delicious dish, the sides that can go with this are endless.

  9. James

    Recipe is great but without portions on the spice mix it is a guessing game. First time making this and it was super spicy, because I used too much chili. I would sincerely appreciate the spice mix ratio!

  10. Leslie

    As of tonight, this is my new favorite chicken recipe. I love chicken, but baked chicken breasts are dry more often than not. I had tenderloins and so I skipped the flattening. They turned out perfectly, juicy and tasty. I love the seasonings, too, especially the cumin and chili powder. Thank you so much!

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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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