Oven Roasted Chicken Breasts

The foundation for many weekly meal preps, Simple Oven 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!

Golden crispy roasted chicken breasts on a white platter with parsley.

Originally published May 2015 and updated December 2019.

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 Oven Roasted Chicken Breast but the truth of the matter is…..it’s the basis for many of my quick prep meals.  

In a pinch, I like to use a rotisserie chicken but I find when I buy them in advance and store them in the refrigerator, they dry out.  And then they’re only really good for making chicken salad.

So, I like to make a few roasted bone in chicken 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 split chicken breasts, of course, but I think you get the gist.

Three crispy roasted chicken breasts on a white rectangular platter.

 

OVEN ROASTED CHICKEN BREAST

Simply put, this recipe is similar to Oven Baked Chicken Breast because the process is similar and you can use seasoning or not. It’s totally up to you. But, this roasted chicken breast recipe uses bone in chicken breasts instead of boneless, skinless chicken.

And the best part of this chicken breast recipe, to me, is the extra crispy, salty skin.  It keeps the moisture inside of the meat so you end up with super tender, juicy chicken breast without breaking a sweat.

Olive oil being drizzled on a bone in skin on chicken breast.

HOW TO ROAST CHICKEN BREAST

  1. 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!  🙂 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.  🙂
  4. Sprinkle liberally with fresh ground pepper.  Because your chicken skin snack will be even better with pepper.  Just sayin’.
  5. Roast in a 425 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until it registers 165 degrees on an instant read thermometer.  
  6. Allow the chicken to rest until cool enough to handle and then discard the skin. (You know my feelings on this.)  
  7. Shred, chop or just leave on the bone, store in an airtight container for up to 4 days.  Refrigerated, of course.

Salt being sprinkled on a bone in chicken breast.

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.

Roasted chicken breast on a baking sheet.

HOW LONG TO BAKE CHICKEN BREASTS

Bone in, skin on 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 oven baked chicken breasts:

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

Chicken breast on a white platter.

HOW TO STORE BAKED CHICKEN BREASTS IN THE FRIDGE OR FREEZER

Baked chicken breasts will last up to 4 days in the fridge if stored in an airtight container. We love to use them for meal prepping at the beginning of the week.

To store chicken breast in the freezer, remove the meat from the bone and wrap each breast tightly in plastic wrap. Transfer to an airtight container. Store your chicken breasts in the freezer for up to 6 months.

 

Easy Oven 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!

Got an Instant Pot? You may also LOVE this easy Shredded Chicken, too.  It’s totally juicy and packed with zesty flavor.

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

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

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Three crispy roasted chicken breasts on a white rectangular platter.

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: 3
Calories: 449 kcal

This simple roasted chicken breast recipe is the perfect weeknight dinner. Quick, easy and juicy.

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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  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 “Oven 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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