Oven Baked Chicken Breast is juicy, tender and ready with 5 minutes of prep. Simple seasoning blend transforms chicken breasts into a mouth-watering, flavorful and simply the best baked chicken recipe. Perfect for meal prep or easy dinner!

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

Three sliced baked chicken breasts in a baking dish.

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

And it is sort of true. And who loves dry chicken, right?! But be sure there is a better way! Just like there is a secret to juicy chicken breast in slow cooker and Instant Pot frozen chicken breasts, there are few tricks for their oven version too.

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

With simple spices, no pounding or brining, this is the best baked chicken breast recipe on the web! It will become one of many healthy dinner recipes you will make over and over again.

Ingredients You’ll Need

Avocado oil, chicken breasts, smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt, pepper.

You need only 7 simple ingredients to make this baked chicken breast!

  • Chicken: This recipe calls for 2 lbs of boneless skinless chicken breasts. I used three large chicken breasts. If you choose to use bone-in chicken breast, baking time will be different, around 30-35 minutes.
  • 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 and stock up.
  • Dried oregano, basil, rosemary or Italian seasoning: You can use any of these herbs in any proportion. The recipe lists measurements the way we like it. Or just use your favorite seasonings.
  • Garlic powder, salt and pepper: True pantry staples anyone always has on hand.
  • Olive oil or avocado oil: It helps to lock in juices inside the baked chicken breast 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.

Recipe Tip

Instead of smoked paprika, you can try a combination of 1 tablespoon brown sugar and 1 teaspoon chili powder. Sweet with heat flavor!

How to Bake Chicken Breast

This is a super easy recipe! No need to bring your boneless chicken breast to room temperature, brine it or pound to even thickness with a rolling pin or a meat mallet.

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and grab a large baking dish. You don’t have to line it with parchment paper but you can do so for easy cleanup.

Here is how to cook chicken breast in 4 simple steps:

Step by step process how to bake chicken breast in the oven.
  1. Add seasonings: In a medium baking dish, place chicken, drizzle with oil and sprinkle with smoked paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper. There is no need for making the mixture in a separate small bowl.
  2. Rub: Using tongs or hands, toss chicken around right in the baking dish. Then arrange in a single layer.
  3. Bake: Bake chicken breasts in the oven at 450 degrees F for 25 minutes (under 2 inch thickness) to 35 minutes (2 inches and over thick), or until instant read thermometer inserted in the thickest part reads 150 degrees F.
  4. Rest: Remove baked chicken breast from the oven, cover with aluminum foil or silicone lid, and let chicken rest for 10 minutes for the juices to settle. After, slice against the grain.

How to Season Chicken Breasts

The seasoning consists of 5 simple spices including salt and pepper. It’s so good, you don’t even need to use a chicken marinade. The easiest oven baked chicken breast recipe you will ever make!

Smoked paprika adds deep flavor without extra calories. Then add dried herbs like oregano, basil, rosemary each on its own or combined. I used dried oregano. Or just use Italian seasoning mix.

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, all purpose seasoning or even taco seasoning could be substituted depending on how you plan to use your roasted chicken breast.

Any oil works, it will not only help chicken not stick to the pan, but ensures every bit of your juicy baked 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 Bake Chicken Breast?

You may be wondering “how long should I bake chicken breast?” and it’s a valid question. Cooking time depends on 2 things:

  1. Thickness of the chicken breast and
  2. Oven temperature.

For the best juicy oven-baked chicken breast, I prefer to cook it at 450 F. But you can also use lower oven temperature. Here is a quick time chart for your reference.

  • 400 degrees F: Under 2″ thick – 29 minutes, over 2″ – 34-39 minutes.
  • 425 degrees F: Under 2″ thick – 27 minutes, over 2″ – 32-37 minutes.
  • 450 degrees F: Under 2″ thick – 25 minutes, over 2″ – 30-35 minutes.

Recipe Tip

Choose similar size breasts. Baking smaller chicken breasts (5 oz) at same time as medium-sized breasts (8-9 oz), will result in rubbery and dry smaller breasts by the time larger ones are ready. You can use different size chicken breasts when you choose to pan fry chicken.

How Do I Know My Chicken Breast Is Done?

How do you know your chicken is ready to eat? Your chicken breast is ready when you insert an instant-read thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken breast and it registers 150 degrees F.

The US Government food safety recommends to cook any poultry until its internal temperature reaches 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 under aluminum foil and will reach 165 degrees F.

I suggest to invest into a quality meat thermometer. It will come in handy when you cook any kind of meat.

Tips for Best Results

  • Season well: Make sure to spend time rubbing the seasonings all over the chicken evenly. Makes a difference!
  • Pat dry: To make olive oil and spices stick better to the meat, pat dry chicken breasts with paper towels before applying dry rub.
  • Baking pan: You can use ceramic baking dish or metal baking sheet.
  • Do not cover: Covering chicken breasts during baking will result in steamed chicken and not roasted.
  • Adjust cook time: Ovens do really vary based on age, manufacturer and type. If one time your baked chicken breast 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 suggest to invest into an instant read thermometer. 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.

How to Store and Make Ahead

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

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

If you opt to freeze chicken breasts whole, lay them flat. This makes for easier thawing as they will not be in one big ‘blob’.

Reheating: To avoid dry chicken, do not reheat breasts 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.

Or here is a quick tutorial how to reheat chicken breast in air fryer.

Oven baked chicken breasts in white baking dish with juices.

Serving Ideas

This baked chicken breast recipe is extremely versatile. You can serve it as a main dish with any cooked grains and a vegetable side dish or salad! Here are a few ideas to use them:

FAQs

How do I bake chicken breasts without drying out?

Baking chicken at high temperature is the best way to prevent chicken breasts from drying out. Be sure not to overbake them and remove from the oven when internal temperature registers 150 F and not 165F. By then your chicken breast will be dry.

Do you have to flip chicken breast when baking?

No. You don’t have to flip chicken breasts when baking in the oven.

Is it better to cook chicken breast at 350 or 425 F?

Because chicken breast is white meat it is better to cook it quickly at high heat of 450 F. But you can also cook it at 400 and 425 F, please see my quick guide for cooking times at different oven temperatures above. I do not recommend to bake chicken at 350 F as it will dry out.

More Easy Chicken Breast Recipes

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Sliced baked chicken breast on cutting board showing texture.
baked chicken breast

Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast

This juicy, tender Baked Chicken Breast is so easy with 5 minutes prep. Learn how to bake chicken breasts in the oven.
4.99 from 315 votes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 147
Diet Low Fat
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes

Ingredients 
 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a medium baking dish, place chicken breasts, 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 chicken breasts 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.

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Notes

  • Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  • Freeze: Freeze in an airtight container for up to 3 months.
  • 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.
 

Nutrition

Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 147kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 73mg | Sodium: 277mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Wow. This was so delicious, simple, easy and healthy!

    I added Italian seasoning and extra salt and bam. Perfection.

    I added this to my recipe book!

  2. 5 stars
    DELICIOUS EVEN WITHOUT SALT:

    Thank you, Olena, for this perfect recipe! In 2017, I found this recipe and I’ve made it regularly ever since. It’s always delicious, always juicy, and always looks as tasty as Olena’s pictures. I have kidney disease, so I made it salt-free. I’ve served it to others, and they’ve never noticed the lack of salt. I love Mexican food, but I can’t have red meat, so I enjoy chicken tacos all the time, as well as the occasional chicken pizza. The recipe is perfect, and the chicken can be used in many ways.

  3. 5 stars
    Thank you for this recipe Olena! It is absolutely delicious! You are not kidding when you say the chicken is moist and juicy without covering the casserole dish in the oven. It is incredibly easy to make too and not much to clean up afterward. A winner for sure! I have made this several times and it is always spot on. Thanks again!

  4. 5 stars
    I found this recipe some time ago, and it has been a regular dish on my weekly menu ever since! Super simple, yet incredibly tasty. Whoever tries it loves it and cannot believe how easy it is to make such great chicken with a good recipe 🙂
    It goes super well with rice/quinoa, and any veggies, and is a great addition to salads. Great for meal prepping too, but I prefer it fresh.

  5. 5 stars
    Real simple but flexible! And a ton of details that can be transfered to adjust other chicken recipes (like bake time and temp, most say to cook lower and slower and the result is not as good.)
    For a little spice in your life add some red pepper flake and or cajun/Creole seasoning.
    I put a small bit of chicken stock in the pan (just enough to cover the bottom, dont boil your chicken) and a clove or 2 of garlic. It gives an excellent dressing to spoon over the chicken before serving for the perfect extra flavor pop.
    Definitely give it a try. Goes well with some garlic onion sautéed veggies. Or any type of veggies really.

  6. 5 stars
    OMG!!! Just made this and took the first bite and had to come here and rate this recipe. Amazing flavor. I overcooked the chicken breast but that was my fault. The flavors came out amazing and I can’t wait to make this again. Maybe with legs/thighs. Such simple herbs/spices that are easily found at any store. I’m thinking, for those that want fried chicken, you could add these spices to APF and they would come out amazing as well. Thank you for this.

  7. 5 stars
    I would love this but no one in my household will eat garlic, my other half wretches at the slightest whiff of it. I’m stuck making the same old things as.all recipes seem to have garlic in them.

    1. You can omit the garlic powder, there will be a change in taste, but this recipe is completely customizable.

      1. 5 stars
        I misread your instructions and set my temp at 350. Cooked 30 minutes and tented it right away. Checked temp after 5 minutes under foil…was the best baked chicken ever.

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