by Olena

Baked Chicken Breast

by Olena

How to make juicy baked chicken breast with 5 minutes of prep using 2 pro tips. Then use in salads, main dishes or meal prep for the week. Easy, tasty and healthy basic chicken breast recipe that will become your go-to.

It’s no secret, chicken is America’s most popular meat, and chicken breast is the most sold cut of chicken. So, we better know how to make juicy baked chicken breast in the oven an easy-peasy way. Don’t ya think? Still to this day I didn’t.

There is “a rumour in town” that chicken breasts are dry. And that’s true, partially. Depends how and who cooks them. With spring here and summer around the corner, I am going to make sure that every iFOODreal girl knows how to cook her chicken for a salad the right juicy way. Am I right?! Thought so.How to make juicy baked chicken breast with 5 minutes of prep using 2 pro tips. Then use in salads, main dishes or meal prep for the week. Easy, tasty and healthy basic chicken breast recipe that will become your go-to.

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This oven baked chicken breast recipe is super easy, uses a touch of oil to lock in the juices and a few simple spices for maximum flavour (similar to Instant Pot frozen chicken). It takes 5 minutes of prep, even without dirtying hands if you wish.

Make it a part of your weekly meal prep, use in salads and casseroles, or make a simple but festive Saturday night dinner like I did – with mashed potatoes and a simple salad.

How to Make Baked Chicken Breast

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Cooking breasts fast and hot prevents them from over drying and coming out poached, that happens at low temperatures.
  2. In a medium baking dish, place chicken, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. How to make juicy baked chicken breast with 5 minutes of prep. Then use in salads, main dishes or meal prep for the week. Easy, tasty and healthy basic chicken breast recipe that will become your go-to.
  3. Using tongs or hands, move chicken around to coat on all sides evenly. I place bottom of one breast on top of a seasoned one and then swoosh around. How to make juicy baked chicken breast with 5 minutes of prep. Then use in salads, main dishes or meal prep for the week. Easy, tasty and healthy basic chicken breast recipe that will become your go-to.
  4. Bake for 25 minutes (thinner) to 35 minutes (2 inches + in the thickest part) or until 150 degrees F internal temperature. You don’t need 160-170 degrees F, chicken breasts will get there in next step.
  5. Remove from the oven, cover with foil or lid, and let rest for 10 minutes. This step allows juices to settle and chicken become moist. Don’t skip!How to make juicy baked chicken breast with 5 minutes of prep. Then use in salads, main dishes or meal prep for the week. Easy, tasty and healthy basic chicken breast recipe that will becoe your go-to.
  6. Slice against the grain and serve along any side with a salad. Meal prep for the week, use in salads and casseroles.How to make juicy baked chicken breast with 5 minutes of prep. Then use in salads, main dishes or meal prep for the week. Easy, tasty and healthy basic chicken breast recipe that will become your go-to.
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Baked Chicken Breast

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How to make juicy baked chicken breast with 5 minutes of prep. Then use in salads, main dishes or meal prep for the week. Easy, tasty and healthy basic chicken breast recipe that will become your go-to.

  • Author: ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. In a medium baking dish, place chicken, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Using tongs or hands, move chicken around to coat on all sides evenly (I place bottom of breast on top of seasoned one and then swoosh around).
  3. Bake for 25 minutes (thinner) to 35 minutes (2″+) or until 150 degrees F internal temperature. Remove from the oven, cover with foil or lid, and let rest for 10 minutes for the juicies to settle (don’t skip!).
  4. Slice against the grain and serve along any side with a salad. Meal prep for the week, use in salads and casseroles.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

Freeze: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

Notes

I used 3 huge organic breasts.

You can use regular paprika, however the best chicken is with smoked one. Just buy it.:)

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

About Olena

I don’t believe in diets, neither I think we were born to eat. This website reflects my healthy relationship with food – I like simple whole foods meals with a bit of lean protein, heavy on veggies and a sprinkle of complex carbs.

Made a recipe? Tag @ifoodreal on Instagram. I would love to share it with everyone!

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  1. This chicken is so flavorful and juicy. My new go to recipe for baked chicken! My husband has refused to eat baked chicken for years, but he inhaled this dish. Thank you!

  2. Excellent chicken! Great idea. Thanks again for the recipes and clean eating principles- my energy level and positivity has increased exponentially!!
    So glad l stumbled upon your website!!

    1. My pleasure! Eating whole foods makes a huge difference how you feel. I think I would be hybernating if I ate processed white carbs like majority of NA.