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Creamy Baked Chicken Breasts

by Christina Cherrier – Updated Oct 28, 2021
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Creamy Baked Chicken Breasts
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Baked chicken breasts - #baked #chicken #recipe #eatwell101 - With an irresistible creamy sauce filled with sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and parmesan is a winner of a chicken dinner.

Creamy baked chicken breasts recipe is easy and delicious comfort food at its finest. These baked chicken breasts couldn’t be more simple to make! Chicken breasts are seasoned then smothered in a luscious cream sauce with sun-dried tomato and spinach until extra tender and juicy! This baked chicken breasts recipe is geared toward low-carb meals and is ready in less than 40 minutes. Perfect for any night of the week – even for special occasions. Enjoy!

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Baked Chicken Breasts

Anyone who cooked with skinless boneless chicken breasts before knows that they can be amazingly versatile. This method for cooking chicken breast in the oven is quick, simple, and yields excellent results. Baked chicken breasts are juicy and infused in a rich cream sauce. Say goodbye to dry, rubbery, tough, and bland chicken breasts!

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How to bake chicken breast in the oven

First, we season the chicken breasts generously and arrange them in the baking dish with the sundried tomatoes. Then we pour the cream sauce over and around the chicken before transferring the baking dish to the oven for 25 or 30 minutes. Once the chicken breasts are done, we add the chopped spinach and cover the baking dish to wilt the spinach into the sauce. Easy!

How to get juicy baked chicken?

Baked chicken breasts are naturally lean, packed full of protein, and easy to make, but they also tend to dry out when baking or roasting. Our secret is to cook chicken breast directly into the cream sauce at a relatively high temperature. Yes, the secret to really juicy chicken is a high temperature to lock in the juices. Because we use half cream and half chicken broth, the cream sauce won’t curdle or separate. 25 to 30 minutes of baking time should be ok. Use an Instant thermometer to check the doneness of baked chicken. It should read 165ºF (74ºC) in the thickest part of the meat.

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How to season chicken breast for baking?

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are naturally mildly flavored. Most of the time a good mix of herbs and spices helps flavor up white meat. Here a breakdown of out seasoning for baked chicken:

  • Italian seasoning
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Paprika
  • Garlic powder
  • Chicken broth: yes, chicken broth will delicately infuse the meat, we count that as a seasoning!

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Directions

1. To make the oven-baked chicken breasts: Preheat your oven to 425ºF (225ºC). Flatten the chicken breast to get them to an even thickness.

2. Place chicken breasts in a 9×13″ baking dish (or a larger one, just make sure they don’t touch or overlap because this will increase baking time).

3. Combine 1/4 teaspoon salt, Italian seasoning, paprika, red chili pepper flakes, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Drizzle chicken with olive oil and rub chicken breasts generously with seasoning. Add in chopped sundried tomatoes.

4. In a bowl, whisk together heavy whipping cream, chicken broth, garlic powder, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt until combined. Stir in grated Parmesan cheese and pour around the chicken in the baking dish. Sprinkle with more parmesan if you like.

5. Bake at 425ºF (225ºC) for 25 – 30 minutes, until you reach an internal temperature of 165ºF (74ºC) in the thickest part of the chicken. You may need to bake chicken longer depending on the size of the chicken breasts.

6. Remove the baking dish from the oven and stir in spinach into sauce. Cover and allow the baked chicken to rest for 5 to 10 minutes while the spinach wilts into the creamy sauce. Sprinkle with more chili pepper flakes if you like. Serve the creamy baked chicken breasts immediately. Enjoy! ❤️ 

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Tips for the creamy baked chicken breasts recipe

  • If your chicken breasts as very large, you can slice them horizontally to make cutlets instead of flattening them. The thinner the chicken breasts, the quicker they cook!
  • You can use heavy whipping cream or half-and-half in the sauce. Do not worry if you find the sauce a little watery because of chicken broth. It will reduce and thicken while baking in the oven. No cornstarch needed!
  • If you like a kick of spice in your baked chicken, add a tablespoon Sriracha into the cream sauce, or a pinch of Cayenne!

What to serve with the baked chicken breast?

We like to serve the baked chicken breasts over cauliflower rice to stay low in carbs, or you can try over zucchini noodles, quinoa, brown rice, etc…

How long to keep the baked chicken leftovers?

You can keep the creamy baked chicken breasts for 2 days in an airtight container stored in your refrigerator. Reheat covered in the oven.

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