The Very Best Oven Baked Chicken Breast

Something as simple as Oven Baked Chicken Breast can be exceptionally spectacular with a few simple prep ahead steps. This Baked Chicken Breast Recipe is a fabulous on it’s own as a main course or as the first step for a variety of my favorite recipes.

Sliced baked chicken breast being basted with a blue silicone basting brush on a foil lined baking sheet.

Happy Monday! It hit us like a ton of bricks….I mean, seriously, where did the weekend go?  We’re closing our pool today and it’s a bit sad because I’m really not ready for the summer to end but it does mean that I’ll have a ton more time to whip up easy weeknight dinners for all of you like the BEST Oven Baked Chicken Breast recipe ever to hit the internet.

Chicken can be so bland or dry or just plain boring so my whole goal for a long period of time was to make chicken breast that didn’t suck. Basically, in a nutshell. After several dry chicken breasts and many ruined dinners I created this recipe for a healthy chicken breast recipe that you can use in sooooo many different ways.

These Baked Chicken Breasts turn out flavorful and lightly spiced with a hint of smoke while staying tender and juicy. This is not a dry chicken breast whatsoever. AND it’s so simple to make.

How to bake Chicken Breast?

Baking chicken breast is one easy task but because they contain very little fat and are a lean cut of meat you have to infuse flavor anyway you can. I try to skip the brining which is one way to force flavor into the chicken but it can be messy and….frankly, I forget to do it every single time.

So, I resort to a simple rub mixture. You could also use this Fajita Seasoning to flavor your chicken breast or this Taco Seasoning works really well, too!

  1. Whisk together the smoked paprika, chili powder, cayenne, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
  2. Place the chicken breasts in a plastic zip top bag.
  3. Pour the seasoning over the chicken breasts and seal the bag. Shake to coat.
  4. Store the chicken in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. (A great meal prep tip!)
  5. Remove the chicken from the bag and place on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  6. Preheat oven. Bake chicken until done.
  7. Serve!

What temperature to bake Chicken Breasts?

This question has plagued me forEVER and I finally made some notes with my temp times to see what the best result is.  Too low of a temperature seemed to dry out the chicken because it did have to cook for a longer period of time.

Boneless skinless, chicken breasts do better with a higher temperature because it allows the outside of the chicken to sear which seals in the juices. I use this same method for my Thanksgiving turkey and it’s been the best turkey ever for the past 20 years. No kidding.

So, 425 degrees is my go to for baking chicken breasts because it’s not so searing hot that the outside dries out but it’s just hot enough to sear the outside of the chicken keeping the inside juicy and tender.

How long do you cook chicken breast in the oven?

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts will bake in the oven for 20-30 minutes until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F. This, of course, depends upon the weight and thickness of the chicken breast you’re baking.

Follow the guidelines below for estimated cooking times for baked chicken breasts:

  • 5 ounces 14-16 minutes
  • 8 ounces 16-20 minutees
  • 10-12 ounces 20-30 minutes

My chicken breasts were on the larger size so sometimes I’ll even split them in half lengthwise like I did here with these Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts.

If you decide to bake bone-in chicken breasts your cooking times will increase just a bit. You can follow the guide for my Oven Roasted Chicken Breasts while still using one of the seasoning mixes I mentioned earlier.


As always, use your best judgement to determine if your chicken breast is cooked through.  I use the finger poke method which is simply poking the chicken breast with my finger and if it’s firm to the poke, it’s usually good to go. If it still seems a bit soft and squishy, keep cooking your chicken breast. So scientific….I know.

Your chicken should be white throughout the center when you cut it, if it’s still pink…don’t fret, just pop it back in the oven for a bit to cook a bit longer.

Overhead shot of sliced chicken breast on a foil lined baking sheet from

My BEST TIP for Baking Chicken Breasts!

Make sure you let your baked chicken breast rest after baking. I remove the chicken breast from the oven and tent them with foil. Then, I allow them to rest for 10 minutes.

This step allows the juices to redistribute throughout the breast and let’s the meat relax a bit. If you skip this step, your chicken juices will run right out of your chicken breast leaving you with aforementioned dry, chalky chicken we are not a fan of. Juicy chicken breast is the direct result of proper baking and lots of rest.

Things I like to serve with the very Best Oven Baked Chicken Breasts:

Things I like to make with the very Best Baked Chicken Breasts:

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If you’re looking for something a little more Sunday dinner than you should definitely try THIS Rotisserie Style Chicken. It’s just as easy to make and just as fabulous.  Or try these Caprese Stuffed Chicken Breasts ….they’re simply AMAZING. AND these Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts are totally incredible, too!

You may also like this Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs swimming in a garlic herb sauce OR THESE Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs with Scalloped Potatoes!

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Sliced Baked Chicken Breast on a foil lined baking sheet.

The Very Best Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

Course: Dinner, lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: BAked Chicken Breast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 222 kcal
Author: Kellie

Easy to make, packed with flavor, tender, moist and juicy....this is the BEST Oven Baked Chicken Breast recipe you'll ever find. Simple to make, no messy brine.



  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 1 tbsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp onion powder
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
  • 4 whole boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup butter


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, paprika, chili powder, garlic powder, onion powder, thyme, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper.

  2. Place the chicken breasts in a large zip top bag and pour the seasoning over the chicken. Shake the chicken to coat.

  3. Transfer the chicken to the refrigerator (still in the bag) and marinade for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours.

  4. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

  5. Remove the chicken from the bag and arrange on a baking sheet lined with foil. Place 1 tablespoon butter on top of each chicken breast.

  6. Bake the chicken in the oven for 20-30 minutes (or according to the chart  above) until an instant read thermometer shows 165 degrees F.

  7. Remove the chicken from the oven and cover with foil. Rest the baked chicken breasts for 10 minutes.

  8. Serve immediately or cool to room temperature, wrap tightly in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator for up to 36 hours.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

Chicken can be rubbed with the spice blend and stored in an airtight container refrigerated for up to 24 hours.
You can also FREEZE your chicken for up to 3 months.

Nutrition Facts
The Very Best Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 222 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 12g 18%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 31mg 10%
Sodium 436mg 18%
Potassium 231mg 7%
Total Carbohydrates 21g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 14g
Protein 21g 42%
Vitamin A 74.9%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 5.3%
Iron 14.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

19 comments on “The Very Best Oven Baked Chicken Breast”

  1. Why are there only 2 g Protein listed in the nutrition facts

  2. This recipe looks so delicious! All of the spices make a fantastic combination!

  3. Great tips for achieving the best oven baked chicken! These chicken breasts look so moist and tender!

  4. You can never have too many great chicken recipes… always looking for different things to do with chicken to keep the menu from getting boring.

  5. Now chicken breasts that look this juicy are so worth a try!

  6. This looks delicious! I love the perfect chicken recipe!

  7. This truly is the BEST oven baked chicken recipe!

  8. YUM! Love all the spices! Perfect for busy weeknights!

  9. I love baking up chicken at the beginning of the week to use in recipes later. Your version looks absolutely scrumptious, and I can’t wait to give it a try! Thanks for the tip of baking at a higher heat. I hate it when all the juice runs out of the chicken!

  10. This was delicious, but we found it very very spicy (and I at least halved the chilli powder) Will make it again, but will reduce the chilli even further. I marinated it for approx 16 hours. It turned out moist and delicious, just too spicy. Will definitely make it again!

    • I’m so glad you liked it! I did notice that the longer I let it sit before cooking the more intense the spice is so good suggestion to pull back on chili powder if you’re sensitive to heat.

  11. Ok to use bone in chicken in this recipe?

  12. I definitely need to give this a try!

  13. This look so tender and delicious! A must make for dinner!

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