The BEST Baked Chicken Breast Recipes
Making dinnertime a breeze, I rounded up all the BEST Baked Chicken Breast recipes on the internet and put them in one place because we all have frozen chicken breasts in the house at all times. Am I right? From Crispy Chicken Parm to simply the BEST Baked Chicken Breast recipe of all time….there’s something here for everyone.
Best Baked Chicken Breast Recipes
Want to know what’s on our dinner table at least once a week? Some form of Baked Chicken Breasts….because they’re relatively inexpensive, easy to make into a million different things and quick to get on the dinner table.
My son loves a plain, oven baked chicken breast over something more fancy which makes it even easier for me to satisfy everyone during mealtime. This is the one time when I’ll actually make everyone their dinner and just throw one plain chicken breast on a sheet pan lined with foil and bake. Easy, everyone’s happy and I didn’t have to play “short order cook” for the night.
But baked chicken breast can get boring…..FAST. So, I am leaving all my FAVORITE Baked Chicken Breast recipes here for you so you can have a harmonious family dinner during the week without having ANYONE freak out about what’s for dinner…..even the dinner maker.
AND I’m leaving all my tips here for you on how to oven bake chicken breasts to blissful perfection every single time.
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.
- Whisk together the smoked paprika, chili powder, cayenne, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.
- Place the chicken breasts in a plastic zip top bag.
- Pour the seasoning over the chicken breasts and seal the bag. Shake to coat.
- Store the chicken in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 24 hours. (A great meal prep tip!)
- Remove the chicken from the bag and place on a baking sheet lined with foil.
- Preheat oven. Bake chicken until done.
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 to Bake Chicken 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
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 Breastswhile still using one of the seasoning mixes I mentioned earlier.
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.
What To Make With Leftover Chicken Breast:
- Chicken Fajita Stuffed Avocado
- Creamy Tuscan Chicken Tortellini Soup
- Chicken and Dumplings Skillet Casserole
- Chicken Gyros
- Chicken Enchilada Pizza
- Creamy Chicken Soup with Artichokes