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Baked Chicken Breast

An easy baked chicken breast recipe is a great kitchen basic to have in your back pocket. Deliciously seasoned baked chicken breast is satisfying and tasty served with your favorite side dish (think popcorn broccoli or creamy garlic mushrooms) and it’s the perfect protein to add to your weekend meal prep.

baked chicken breast on a white plate with jasmine rice and steamed broccoli

Baked Chicken Breast

Boneless, skinless baked chicken breast tends to get a bad wrap. Often times it’s over cooked, leaving the chicken dry and flavorless.

But, I promise you, this does not need to be the case and I would never encourage someone to choose health over flavor when we can have them both!

The good news is, making juicy baked chicken breast is very easy to do, once you know these simple chicken-baking techniques.

Let’s bake up some flavorful, juicy chicken!

What You Will Need

To make this baked chicken breast recipe, you will need:

If you make baked chicken regularly in the oven, I recommend having a heavy, sturdy rimmed baking sheet and a cooking thermometer on hand.

A rimmed baking sheet is one of my most used kitchen essentials and a thermometer is the easiest way to ensure that your chicken is not over or under cooked.

These are the tools that I use and recommend:

baked chicken breast served with broccoli and rice

How Do You Make Baked Chicken Breast?

Baked chicken breasts are super simple to make! Follow these easy steps and have tender and juicy chicken breasts each and every time.

baked chicken breast served on a white plate and topped with mushrooms

How To Store Baked Chicken Breast

I like to bake chicken breast on the weekend when I am doing my meal prep. This gives me a quick and convenient protein option during the week.

Store baked chicken in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep well for up to 5 days.

Side Dish Ideas

Looking for some side dishes to serve with your baked chicken? Here are some of my faves:

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baked chicken breast on a white plate with jasmine rice and steamed broccoli
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Baked Chicken Breast

An easy baked chicken breast recipe is a great kitchen basic to have in your back pocket. Deliciously seasoned baked chicken breast is satisfying and tasty served with your favorite side dish (think popcorn broccoli or creamy garlic mushrooms) and it's the perfect protein to add to your weekend meal prep.
Course: DIET, DINNER, meat + chicken
Cuisine: American, gluten free, low carb + keto, Paleo, whole 30
Author: Dani Spies
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 297kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 boneless chicken breast 6 ounces each
  • 2 teaspoon avocado oil
  • Garlic powder
  • Smoked paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Remove the chicken breasts from the fridge and allow them to sit at room temperature for 20-30 minutes before cooking. The closer to room temperature that they are, the better.
    ingredients for baked chicken breast
  • Preheat oven to 450ºF. Place the chicken breasts between two pieces of saran wrap or wax paper and gently pound with a meat mallet*, starting from the center and pounding towards the edges. The goal is to create a chicken breast that is uniform in thickness so that it cooks evenly.
    showing raw chicken breast on parchment paper
  • Place chicken breasts on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle each side with avocado oil and season liberally with salt, pepper, garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
    seasoned chicken breast on baking sheet
  • Bake for 15 minutes or until the chicken has reached an internal temperature of 160 degrees.
    showing thermometer in chicken breast
  • Rest the chicken for 10 minutes so the juices can settle and the internal temperature rises up to 165 degrees. Serve and enjoy.
    chicken breast served on a plate with broccoli and rice

Notes

Store baked chicken in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep well for up to 5 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 6ounces chicken breast | Calories: 297kcal | Protein: 48g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 836mg | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 2.7mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.8mg