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Juicy Healthy Oven Baked Chicken Breast

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Olena Osipov
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Oven Baked Chicken Breast is easy, juicy and ready with 5 minutes of prep. Simple seasonings transform lean, healthy chicken into an incredibly full flavored dish. Perfect for meal prep or easy dinner!

Our other go-to healthy chicken breast recipes are Instant Pot chicken breast, grilled chicken breast and air fryer chicken breast.

Sliced baked chicken breast in a baking dish

It’s no secret chicken is America’s most popular meat and chicken breast is the most sold cut. There is “a rumor in town” that unlike baked chicken thighs, baked chicken breast comes out dry.

And it is sort of true, but there is a better way!

So, I will show you how to bake chicken breast that is healthy, juicy and flavorful thanks to our optimal tried and tested oven temperature and cooking method.

With simple spices, no pounding or brining, its tenderness will amaze you and it will become one of many healthy dinner ideas you will make over and over again. I love leftovers in healthy Ceasar salad!

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • Chicken: This recipe calls for 2 lbs of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. I used three large ones. If you choose to use any other cut, the baking time will be different.
  • Smoked paprika: It is my favorite to use in this recipe. You can use regular paprika but I highly recommend to find smoked paprika in a supermarket near you, stock up and use for air fryer chicken drumsticks, too.
  • Dried oregano, basil, rosemary or Italian seasoning: You can use any of these herbs in any proportion. The recipe lists the way we like it.
  • Garlic powder, salt and pepper: True pantry staples anyone always has on hand.
  • Olive or avocado oil: It helps to lock in juices inside the meat and seasonings to stick. You can skip this ingredient if you really want to avoid any fat. I will say that chicken comes out less juicy and seasoning isn’t quite the same.

The Chicken Breast Seasoning

The seasoning consists of 5 simple spices including salt and pepper. The easiest oven baked chicken breast recipe you will ever make!

Smoked paprika adds deep flavor without extra calories. There is a big difference between regular and smoked paprika – the smoky flavor. You can use regular paprika but the chicken breast wouldn’t come out the same.

Then add dried herbs like oregano, basil, rosemary each on its own or combined. I used dried oregano. Or just use Italian seasoning. You may also love pesto chicken!

We mix them with garlic powder, salt and pepper. You can use grated clove of fresh garlic instead of garlic powder, if you love garlic like me and have time.

Onion powder in addition, Everything Bagel seasoning or even taco seasoning could be substituted depending on how you plan to use your roasted chicken breast.

Drizzle meat with oil, sprinkle with spices and toss around right in the baking dish. There is no need for mixing seasoning in a separate small bowl.

Any oil works, it will not only help chicken not stick to the pan, but ensures every bit of your juicy chicken breast is flavorful! Try sesame oil for an asian flair, chili olive oil or any infused oil to really ramp the flavor profile.

How Long to Cook Chicken Breasts

Under 2 inches thick chicken breasts will take to bake around 25 minutes at 450 degrees F and uncovered. Over 2 inches thick breasts – bake for 30-35 minutes.

Covering chicken breast during baking will result in “boiled” like chicken.

Make sure to choose similar size breasts. If you bake 5 oz chicken breast at same time as 9 oz, I can guarantee you the smaller piece will come out rubbery and dry by the time larger one is ready.

Once a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the meat reads 150 degrees F, your baked chicken breast is ready. Make sure to let it rest covered for 10 mins to let meat become juicy and finish cooking with residual heat.

And slice against the grain. Watch video below for help!

Recipe Tips

  • Make sure to really spend time to rub the seasonings all over the chicken evenly. Makes a difference!
  • Ovens do really vary based on age, manufacturer and type. If one time your chicken comes out dry, cook for less time next time. Also convection oven method will cook chicken about 3-5 minutes faster, so adjust time accordingly.
  • Do not overbake the chicken. I highly recommend to invest into a meat thermometer and check for 165 degrees F internal temperature before consuming the meat.

Recommended internal temperature for chicken: How do you know your chicken is safe to eat? I highly recommend to invest into a quality meat thermometer. It will come in handy when you cook any kind of meat. We check everything with it.

The US Government food safety recommends to cook any poultry to internal temperature of 165 degrees F (74 C). Please note this recipe tells you to bake until 150 degrees F. Chicken keeps cooking with residual heat while resting and will reach 165 degrees F.

Meal Prep and Leftover Tips

Storing: Refrigerate leftovers for up to 5 days in an airtight container. To keep chicken moist, slice right before serving.

Freezing: Freeze cooked chicken for up to 3 months, again in an airtight container. I think it is best to cut, slice or shred your chicken before freezing it. It will thaw faster and you can add it to your meal right away.

Thawed cooked chicken is great to make chicken salad, chicken chili, tostadas or use as a topping on cauliflower pizza with sliced red onions and a drizzle of BBQ sauce. If you opt to freeze chicken breast ‘whole’ – lay them flat. This makes for easier thawing as they will not be in one big ‘blob’.

Reheating: Breast will dry out if reheated in the oven. Instead place it in a small pot or skillet that has tight fitting lid and simmer covered on low with a splash of water or broth, until heated through. Basically, steam it.

two baked chicken breasts with juices in white baking dish

Serving Ideas

This recipe is extremely versatile. You can serve it with many vegetable and starch combinations or use it to meal prep healthy cobb salad. You can even pair it with healthy sweet chili sauce! Here are a few ideas to use them:

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Juicy Healthy Oven Baked Chicken Breast

Juicy Healthy Oven Baked Chicken Breast

This Oven Baked Chicken Breast is so easy with 5 minutes of prep. Simple seasonings transform healthy chicken into a juicy flavorful dish!
4.99 from 265 votes
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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: North American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Resting Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 147kcal
Author: Olena Osipov

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. 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).
  • Bake for 25 minutes (under 2") to 35 minutes (2"+) or until instant meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 150 degrees F.
  • Remove from the oven, cover with foil or lid, and let rest for 10 minutes for the juices to settle (don't skip!).
  • 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.

      Video

      Notes

      • Choose similar size chicken breasts: I used 3 huge organic breasts that were the same in size. If you bake 5 oz chicken breast at same time as 9 oz chicken breast, I can guarantee you the smaller piece will come out rubbery and dry by the time larger one is ready.
      • Seasonings: You can use regular paprika, however the best chicken is with smoked one. Just buy it.:) 
      • Coat evenly on all sides: This will not only help chicken not stick to the pan, but ensures every bit of your juicy chicken breast is flavorful!
      • Don’t skip letting your meat rest – this ensures the chicken juices settle back into the chicken which results in the tender, juicy chicken you want.
      See recipe post for more tips and FAQs.

      Nutrition

      Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g

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      1. I hope any family and friends you have in your home country are safe and well. Godspeed on a resolution for their safety.

      2. 5 stars
        Actually, we would give this 10 stars if we could. The chicken was so moist and flavorful, and it was so easy to put together. Thank you, Olena, for this great recipe.

      3. 5 stars
        Delicious and so simple. I don’t always feel like sautéing my chicken, and this is fast and tasty. I have made this three times already, twice with the seasonings as written and once with a more French palate. They turn out great every time, and the leftovers are perfect for chopping into a salad. Thank you for the recipe!

        1. So glad it has become a regular recipe and agreed, so many variations with seasonings can make it ‘new’ each time!

      4. 5 stars
        I made this last night with turkey breasts and it was fabulous. I had leftovers for supper tonight. I had turkey breasts thawed out and needed to cook them. I added a little bit of chicken broth. So fantastic. Thank you for your delicious healthy recipes.

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