Simple Roasted Chicken Breasts

The foundation for many weekly meal preps, Simple Roasted Chicken Breasts are crispy, juicy and tender.  Just a few minutes of hands on time saves you hours in the kitchen during the week.  And they’re better than store-bought rotisserie chicken!

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I wasn’t going to post this recipe for a variety of reasons.  The pictures are not beautiful.  The recipe is silly, stupid simple.  It’s just chicken.  I didn’t want to insult you all by posting something like Simple Roasted Chicken Breast but the truth of the matter is…’s the basis for many of my quick prep meals.  Like my Thai Chicken Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing and these Cheddar Broccoli and Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes.

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I could use a rotisserie chicken but I found when I buy them in advance and store them in the refrigerator, they dry out.  And turn to mush.  And I don’t really love the dark meat on a rotisserie chicken when it’s cold, it’s weird and congealed.  Not good eats at all.  So, I like to roast a couple bone-in, skin-on breasts on Sunday and use them throughout the week.  Sure, I could make another trip to the store and buy a fresh rotisserie chicken…but why?  By making my own chicken, I can control what I put into it.  And I keep it simple….olive oil…kosher salt…pepper.  And chicken, of course but I think you get the gist.

First step, and most important of all….line your baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up.  If you’re lucky, you won’t even poke a hole in the foil and may not even need to wash it!  🙂  Place the chicken skin side up on the baking sheet and coat with about a tablespoon of olive oil.  Rub to coat the chicken evenly.

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Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt to coat evenly.  You’re going to discard the skin so it’s ok if it’s extra salt.  Or you can eat it.  It’s really good…like addictingly good…like a potato chip.  So, don’t throw it out.  🙂

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Sprinkle liberally with fresh ground pepper.  Because your chicken skin snack will be even better with pepper.  Just sayin’.

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Roast in a 425 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until no longer pink inside.  Allow the chicken to rest until cool enough to handle and then discard the skin. (You know my feelings on this.)  Shred, chop or just leave on the bone, store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.  Refrigerated, of course.

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Simple Roasted Chicken Breasts are also awesome on their own in a sandwich but I highly recommend trying it in this Skillet Chicken Pot Pie because this comfort food comes together in just 30 minutes.  Don’t believe me…try it out for yourself!

If you love this recipe, be sure to check out these easy Baked Chicken recipes!

Simple Roasted Chicken Breasts

Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, roasted chicken
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 33 minutes
Servings: 2 cups chicken
Calories: 449 kcal

this simple roasted chicken is the perfect chicken for a weeknight dinner



  • 2 bone-in skin-on chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh ground pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Place the chicken, skin side up on a baking sheet lined with foil. Rub the chicken with the olive oil. Season liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 25-30 minutes or until no longer pink in the center.
  3. Allow to cool to room temperature and use in your recipe or enjoy as is!
Nutrition Facts
Simple Roasted Chicken Breasts
Amount Per Serving (0 g)
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Cholesterol 115mg38%
Sodium 7091mg308%
Potassium 477mg14%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 0g0%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 185IU4%
Calcium 47mg5%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

5 comments on “Simple Roasted Chicken Breasts”

  1. How easy and delicious. This is perfect for me to make for a weeknight dinner!

  2. Then, there are people like me, who every single time they make the same chicken, has to look up and check the time and temperature just to be sure.
    Thank you for posting

  3. I have used this “recipe” for many years. I first saw it on the Barefoot Contessa.  It is great and makes the best chicken salad. It’s so moist it’s good as a meal with a couple of sides.  I buy the big family packs, cook all of them, vacuum seal, and freeze them individually. That way I have a little or a lot of moist cooked chicken. BTW, I love the skin too!  Thank you for posting. 

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