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Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast

This Baked Chicken Breast is great as a main dish, salad topper for Cobb Salad, or make a chicken sandwich. In this recipe, we will teach you everything you need to know to avoid dry chicken breast for good and always get a juicy, melt-in-your-mouth result. The best part? You can tweak the seasoning as you see fit to cater to whatever you’re craving at the moment. 

Baked chicken breast in a pan.

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Juicy Chicken Breast in the Oven

Consider this your go-to, classic oven-baked chicken breast recipe. It’s incredibly versatile and can be served in so many unique and tasty ways. Unless you’re making Stuffed Chicken Breast, or a saucy Chicken Marsala, plain chicken breast tends to come out dry and bland, we’ve created a foolproof technique that will always result in ultra juicy, tender, and flavorful chicken breast. You’re going to love the simple seasonings of paprika, garlic, and parsley. 

Pro Tip: The key to a juicy chicken breast is to not over-cook it. To prevent your chicken breast from turning out dry, use an instant-read thermometer to check when the internal temperature has reached 165°F

Ingredients for Baked Chicken Breast 

  • Chicken Breast – Try to find boneless skinless chicken breasts that are free-range or organic. They are packed with the most flavor and the freshest taste. Also, try to find chicken breasts that are similar in size so they cook evenly. Depending on the size of the breasts, you might need to adjust the cooking time. 
  • Paprika – Feel free to use fresh or smoked paprika. Either work great and add such a depth of flavor to the chicken breasts. 
  • Garlic Parsley Salt – This all-in-one seasoning is perfect for everything from chicken breasts to potatoes. It’s super savory and such a no-brainer 
  • Black Pepper – If you can opt for freshly cracked pepper over the pre-ground stuff. It will add so much more flavor and make for a nicer presentation. 
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Avocado Oil – Either olive oil or avocado oil will work great. Both have high smoke points and add an earthy flavor to the chicken. 
Ingredients for baked chicken breast.

Pro Tip: Pat the chicken breasts with paper towels before adding the seasoning. This will help it stick better. 

How to Bake Chicken Breast in the Oven 

  1. Assemble – Preheat the oven to 400°F and assemble the chicken breast in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or aluminum foil. 
  2. Season – Rub the chicken on all sides with the oil, paprika, garlic parsley salt, and black pepper. 
  3. Bake the Chicken – Bake the chicken uncovered for 20 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F on a thermometer. Once you remove the chicken breasts from the oven, allow them to sit at room temperature for a couple of minutes to lock in all the juice. 

Pro Tip: If you desire an extra crispy outside layer, broil the chicken breast for a few minutes before it’s fully cooked. 

Step by step images of the process of baking chicken breast.

Ways to Serve 

There are a million and one ways to serve this tasty, juicy chicken breast. Feel free to pair it with any side dish you love best. You can’t go wrong! 

Chicken breast on a plate with Caesar salad.

Make Ahead

Cooking chicken breast is great for meal prep. It keeps well in the refrigerator so you can enjoy it throughout the busy workweek.

  • To Store: To keep the chicken breast fresh for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. store it in an airtight container in the fridge. This will keep it from drying out.
  • To reheat: pop it in a baking dish or casserole dish covered with foil and pop it back in the oven at 350°F until heated through.
Baked ahead chicken breast on a platter

Common Questions 

Is it better to bake chicken breast at 350°F or 400°F?

It’s better to cook chicken breast at 400°F. The less time it spends in the oven, the juicier it will turn out. Therefore, it’s good to cook it at a high temperature for a short period of time. 

Can you freeze oven-baked chicken breast? 

Yes, you can freeze oven-baked chicken breast. To do so, assemble it in a single layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Pop it in the freezer uncovered. Once completely frozen, transfer the chicken to a freezer-safe bag and store it for up to 3 months. 

How long does it take to bake chicken breast?

It takes about 20 minutes to bake chicken breasts in the oven. That said, this cooking time can vary depending on how thick the chicken breasts are. If they are thinner, reduce the cooking time, and if they are thicker adjust it upwards accordingly. 

How do you cook oven-baked chicken breast without drying it out? 

The key to cooking chicken breast without drying it out is to make sure that you pull it once it reaches a safe internal temperature. To air on the safe side, always check the internal temperature of the chicken before taking it out of the oven. It’s safe to eat once it reaches 165°F.

What are other spices to add to oven-baked chicken breast? 

If you like, tweak the chicken seasoning with garlic powder, onion powder, cumin, chili powder, taco seasoning, Cajun seasoning, or any other dry spice you like. You can also add dried herbs like oregano, thyme, basil, or parsley. 

Up close juicy baked chicken breasts

More Baked Chicken Recipes 

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Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast

5 from 85 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Baked Chicken Breast is great as a main dish, salad topper, or even a sandwich protein. Learn how to bake Chicken Breast in the Oven.

Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $10-$12
Keyword: Baked Chicken Breast, Baked Chicken Breast Recipe
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
Calories: 217
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 lb chicken breast, (about 4-6 pieces)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tbsp garlic parsley salt
  • 1 tbsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp oil, olive or avocado

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the chicken breast on a lined baking sheet.

  2. Season the chicken breasts on all sides with oil, paprika, garlic parsley salt, and pepper.

  3. Bake for about 20 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F on a thermometer.

Nutrition Facts
Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 217 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 97mg32%
Sodium 176mg8%
Potassium 580mg17%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Fiber 0.4g2%
Sugar 0.04g0%
Protein 32g64%
Vitamin A 215IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Mary O'Neill
    January 9, 2023

    Thanks Natasha
    It was great to finally bake chicken and have it moist inside. It was good to be able to use a thermometer to make sure it was ok to remove it before it dried out.
    I used an orange marmalade sauce with Italian herbs and it was yummy.
    Cheers
    Mary

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 9, 2023

      Thanks for sharing, Mary. I’m glad that you enjoyed this recipe!

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  • Jane
    January 4, 2023

    For those with paprika allergies, what is a good substitute?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      January 4, 2023

      You can just omit it or add another spice/herb of your choice for additional flavor. As for a substitute, possibly something like chili powder or cayene pepper.

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      • Jennifer F.
        January 19, 2023

        I was a bit skeptical about this recipe at first; however, it turned out to be incredibly easy and delicious. My family devoured it! I will be adding this dish to our weekly dinner menus.

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        • Natashas Kitchen
          January 19, 2023

          I’m so happy you enjoyed that. Thank you for sharing that with us, Jennifer! Easy recipes are the best!

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    • Matthew Troup
      January 9, 2023

      This should be a good resource for you after doing a google search. https://www.singleingredientgroceries.com/paprika-substitute-the-ultimate-list/

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  • Rickey
    December 11, 2022

    Honestly, I was bit unsure about this recipe as there are a ton of chicken recipes on the internet but for some reason I wanted to try yours and the chicken turned out really good as my family really enjoyed the food.

    Thanks Natasha!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 11, 2022

      Thank you for sharing that with us and for choosing this recipe! We’re so glad you love it.

      Reply

  • Cindy
    December 11, 2022

    Can the Chicken Breast be substituted for Turkey Breast?
    And cooked the same way as the Chicken Breast?

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    • Cindy
      December 11, 2022

      Can the Chicken Breast be substituted for Turkey Breast?
      And cooked the same way as the Chicken Breast?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      December 11, 2022

      Hi Cindy, I haven’t tried using turkey. I’m sure that will work but we’d love to know how it goes if you do an experiment.

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  • Scott
    December 8, 2022

    Natasha,
    Just curious if the recipe has a typo or not. It calls for a tablespoon of pepper however whenever I make this the black pepper seems to be overwhelming. Should it be a teaspoon instead?

    Otherwise, it’s very tender, very juicy, and VERY delicious!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 8, 2022

      Hi Scott, the 1 tbsp is accurate. You are welcome to adjust it to your liking! I hope you love this recipe!

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  • Catherine Cardelein
    October 27, 2022

    HI Natasha, would this work the same with a bone n chicken breast?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 27, 2022

      Hi Catherine, it may work with bone-in, but it will require some adjustments. You’ll need to adjust the cooking time.

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  • Lynn
    October 26, 2022

    I’m wanting to make this recipe tonight I’m wondering if I can use boneless skinless chicken breast?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 26, 2022

      Hi Lynn, this recipe calls for boneless chicken breast!

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  • Hetty Andrews
    October 26, 2022

    This recipe is delicious. I was skeptical of the high temperature to be capable of producing juicy tender chicken. This is now a frequent lunch entree for my husband and me and the recipe never fails! I do take a minute to pound the chicken breasts to make the thickness more uniform.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 26, 2022

      That’s great to hear! Thank you for sharing and I hope you will love all the recipes that you will try.

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      • Denise
        November 1, 2022

        My baked chicken never browns. It looks white. I usually bake at 350. How do you get it brown?

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          November 2, 2022

          This recipe is baked at 400℉ and we have great results. Every oven bakes/heats differently so I also recommend using a oven thermometer.

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  • Gina
    October 26, 2022

    Can you use frozen boneless chicken breast? How much longer should you cook?

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 26, 2022

      Hi Gina, I have only baked these from fresh, you can defrost the breast though!

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  • Salma
    October 25, 2022

    What an AMAZING recipe!!
    I just have a question; I’ve never heard of garlic parsley salt before. What is that?! Where can I find it?

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 25, 2022

      Hi Salma! Thank you, I’m so glad you loved it. Garlic parsley salt can be found in local grocery stores in the seasonings aisle. It’s essentially garlic powder with salt and dried parsley so if you cannot find it, you can make your own with those ingredients.

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  • Sharon Beverly
    October 15, 2022

    Another winner, Natasha! I don’t know how I ever cooked without an instant read thermometer! No more dry overbaked chicken ever again.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 15, 2022

      That’s wondedrful! Isn’t it great? I’m so glad you love this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

  • Becky
    October 13, 2022

    This was delicious! Very juicy. I will be making it often. Will try some of your other spice suggestions.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      October 13, 2022

      So glad you loved it! Thank you for the review, Becky!

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  • Angela Mueller
    September 1, 2022

    Thank you for the recipe! What brand Garlic Parsley salt would you recommend? Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 1, 2022

      Hi Angela, I purchased mine at Costco. I believe the brand is Lawry’s.

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      • Linda
        October 26, 2022

        I want to tey this method, if I cannot find the garlic parsley salt, what ratio of each would I use to make my own?

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        • NatashasKitchen.com
          October 26, 2022

          Hi Linda! I do not have the exact quantities to make your own. You can add this by taste/preference.

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          • Joe
            November 9, 2022

            Simple ratios are 3 parts Salt, 1 part Garlic Powder, and 1 part Parsley. You can use these ratios with herbs other than parsley as well.

  • Arlene Vogel
    August 26, 2022

    I tried your recipe last night with the addition of garlic powder. Normally I don’t care for baked chicken because it is so dry, but this chicken was absolutely delicious! So moist and flavorful! I’ll always cook baked chicken your way, Natasha! Thank you 🎈

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 26, 2022

      So glad it was enjoyed, Arlene! Thank you for the review.

      Reply

  • Soom
    August 24, 2022

    Really good recipe. Chicken was tender not rubbery and seasoning was tasty

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 24, 2022

      I’m glad you enjoyed it!

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  • Linda R Hubbert
    August 20, 2022

    I’ve always baked my chicken breast like this. I bake it at 350 for 30 minutes or depending on how small or large the breast are. Learn this from Ina Garner years ago.

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    • Natasha
      August 20, 2022

      It’s such an easy way to prepare chicken breast and a classic method never goes out of style. I love everything Ina does.

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  • Kim
    August 20, 2022

    I’m always hit or miss when baking chicken. I can’t wait to try this! Here’s to juicy chicken!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 20, 2022

      I hope you love it! 🙂

      Reply

  • Andrea
    August 19, 2022

    Made the baked chicken and garlic mashed potato’s last night and it was AMAZING. I’ve been making your recipes for a while now. And every time I just feel like my skills keep getting better when it really is just your amazing recipes!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 19, 2022

      Thank you so much, Andrea. I’m so glad to hear that. 🙂

      Reply

  • Becky
    August 18, 2022

    Hi Natasha. This recipe looks great! I’ve never seen garlic parsley salt before. Can you get it in most stores and is there a specific brand you use? Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      August 18, 2022

      Hi Becky, yes, we get it at our local grocery store in the spice section. Most stores I’ve been to have it.

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  • Jennifer
    August 17, 2022

    Came out PERFECT. Paired it with mashed potatoes & it was chef’s kiss!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 17, 2022

      Sounds delicious!!!

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  • M Aria
    August 17, 2022

    Hello Natasha
    Can I use chicken strips instead of breasts? Ty

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 17, 2022

      I imagine that will work too!

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  • Tallie
    August 17, 2022

    I made this last night, excellent I added 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar otherwise I followed directions. My husband does not like chicken breast normally it is very dry. This was moist and had a delicious flavor, thanks for sharing all your recipes.

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 17, 2022

      So glad to hear that. I’m happy you both enjoyed it. Thank you for the review. 🙂

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  • Allyssa
    August 17, 2022

    This tasted so amazing! Thanks a lot for sharing this super easy to make baked chicken breast recipe! Fam really loves it! Will surely have this again! Highly recommended!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      August 17, 2022

      Thank you for your good comments and feedback! We’re glad to know that you and your family enjoyed this recipe.

      Reply

  • Marina
    August 16, 2022

    I’ve been making it like this for a while. It’s so juicy, every time! I’ll try your spice blends next time!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 16, 2022

      Sounds great!:)

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      • Colleen
        August 17, 2022

        My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the chicken. Very moist. Will definitely be making this again. Thanks

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        • Natasha's Kitchen
          August 17, 2022

          Happy to hear that, Colleen!

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  • jess
    August 16, 2022

    what an amazing recipe, and just in time to make these chicken breasts that are chilling in my fridge!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      August 16, 2022

      Thank you! Enjoy!! 🙂

      Reply

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