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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.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: DIET, DINNER, meat + chicken
Cuisine: American, gluten free, low carb + keto, Paleo, whole 30
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 297kcal
Author: Dani Spies


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


  • 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



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


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