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Perfect Oven-Baked Chicken Breasts

  • Author: Elizabeth Rider
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 18-25 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Main
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American


Here's my simple, never-fail steps to get perfect juicy & flavorful oven-baked chicken breasts every time.


  • 1 pound organic air-chilled chicken breasts (2-3 chicken breasts)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, or olive oil spray
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or Real Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Optional: fresh herbs, spices, lemon slices, fresh garlic cloves


  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F.
  2. Prep the chicken breasts by removing the tenders if they are still attached to the breasts. If you're using larger boneless, skinless chicken breasts (over 6-8 ounces), you can also butterfly then cut with your knife blade parallel to the cutting board to get two thinner chicken cutlets. Or, if desired, cut large breasts in half width-wise make two smaller thick pieces. Pat all sides of the chicken dry with a paper towel.
  3. Place chicken breasts in a large baking dish and sprinkle with salt & pepper. Drizzle or spray both sides with olive oil. 
  4. If you like, add lemon slices, fresh garlic cloves, or other herbs to the dish for extra flavor.
  5. Bake until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165°F, about 20-25 minutes. (Note that the cooking time will depend on the size and thickness of the chicken breasts. Smaller breasts will take 15-18 minutes.)
  6. Once the chicken is cooked, remove it from the oven and transfer it to a cutting board or clean plate.
  7. Loosely tent with aluminum foil if you want to keep it warm and let the chicken rest for at least 5-10 minutes. This keeps the juices from running out.
  8. Store any leftover cooked chicken breasts in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 3 days. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months.


Remember, cook chicken to temperature, not time. Always cook the chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F. This generally takes 20-25 minutes. If you don't have a thermometer, cook until the center is opaque and the juices run clear.


  • Calories: 261 kcal per serving

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