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Juicy Oven-Baked Chicken Breasts

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Juicy Oven-Baked Chicken Breasts
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Juicy Oven-Baked Chicken Breasts - #chicken #baked #oven #recipe #eatwell101 - Juicy oven baked chicken breast sprinkled with an amazing seasoning then baked until crisp-golden. This recipe for baked chicken breasts is quick, easy and incredibly flavorful!

Oven-baked chicken breasts recipe – How to make the best baked chicken breast ever? Simply follow this baked chicken breasts recipe, it will never fail you. Simply season the boneless, skinless chicken breasts with a mix of spices and herbs, drizzle with olive oil and bake the chicken in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes. Make sure to make the garlic butter sauce at the end of the recipe because it greatly enhances this perfect base for a healthy meal. This oven-baked chicken breast recipe with sauce is 100% foolproof and effortless. Enjoy!

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Ingredients list for the Oven-Baked Chicken Breasts Recipe

Optional

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced or finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons fresh chopped parsley

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Baked chicken breasts recipe

Chicken breasts are easy to find in any grocery store, they are super versatile, and it’s one of the most approved proteins by everyone. Chicken breasts are low in calories, high in protein, and have zero carb and saturated fat. In short, baked chicken breast is healthy. This recipe for baked chicken breasts in the oven is a great start to building a healthy, wholesome meal for the whole family. If you’re looking for extra flavor, make the garlic butter sauce to mix with the cooking juices at the end of the recipe. The chicken breasts and the sauce are so good you’ll be soaking bread straight into the pan juices.

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How to bake chicken breasts

Pound chicken the chicken breasts to an even thickness, especially if you don’t slice them to make them thinner. This will tenderize the chicken meat and ensure the chicken breasts cook faster and more evenly.

Season the chicken breasts with a mix of spices, then rub with oil. Arrange each chicken breast in the baking pan on the rimmed baking sheet. They can slightly touch because the meat will shrink as it cooks, but make sure the chicken breasts don’t overlap.

Roast the chicken breasts in the oven at 425℉ (220ºC) for about 15-18 minutes, a bit longer if they are thick. Remove the pan from the oven and allow the chicken some time to rest before slicing or serving.

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Directions

1. To make the baked chicken breasts: Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound each chicken breast to 0.8-inch (2cm) thickness at the thickest part. Make sure your fillets are all the same thickness to ensure even cooking.

2. In a small bowl, combine paprika, instant chicken stock, oregano, salt, garlic powder, onion powder, pepper, and chili powder (if using).

3. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil (or parchment/baking paper). Arrange chicken breasts on the pan and toss the chicken in the seasoning. Drizzle with the olive oil and rub seasoning all over to evenly coat. the chicken breasts.

4. Bake chicken breasts in the preheated oven for 15-18 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F (75°C) using a meat thermometer. Baked chicken breasts should be golden with crisp edges. If you like, you can broil (or grill) on high heat for the last 2 minutes of cooking time. 

5. Optional step: While the chicken is in the oven, melt butter in a small skillet. Sauté garlic until about half a minute, and remove the skillet from heat. Stir in chopped parsley, then pour the garlic butter mixture into the baking juices on the baking sheet, stirring well to combine all of the flavors together.

6. Transfer cooked chicken to serving plates, drizzle pan juices over the baked chicken breasts and garnish with freshly chopped parsley. Enjoy! ❤️

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Tips for the baked chicken breast recipe

  • Makes more chicken breast seasoning than you need, so you can coat the chicken breast generously and give it a nice crust.
  • Wait for 5 minutes before serving the baked chicken breast to allow the juice to flow back into the meat.

How long to bake chicken breasts in the oven

Large chicken breasts take about 20-25 minutes to cook. Medium-sized breasts take about 15-20 minutes. That’s why we slice large chicken breasts to make thinner cutlets that will cook faster. Baking chicken breasts at high temperature ensures the crispy, golden edges while keeping your chicken moist and juicy on the inside. Let the baked chicken breasts rest for about 5 minutes to recirculate all of those delicious cooking juices through the chicken meat. Keep in mind that the exact time needed to bake a chicken breast will depend on its size and thickness. Keep a digital instant-read thermometer at hand so you get the temp just right. Remember that chicken should be cooked to 165℉ (75ºC).

How to serve baked chicken breasts

You can serve your baked chicken breast with rice, broccoli (as we did in the pictures), quinoa, roasted veggies, on top of pasta, or sliced into your salads, or even chicken sandwiches! The possibilities are endless for baked chicken breasts!

How to keep baked chicken breasts leftovers

You can keep any baked chicken leftover in airtight containers in your refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat covered in the oven, or in the microwave. You can also slice the chicken breasts and quickly toss them into a stir fry for a quick lunch the next day.

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