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Easy Baked Chicken Breasts Recipe

Easy Baked Chicken Breasts – Tender and juicy, perfectly baked chicken breasts! One of my favorite chicken recipes and the ONLY method you will need for making baked chicken.

How to make juicy and tender oven baked chicken breasts!

You heard that right: The one and ONLY method you will need for baked chicken.

I have used this recipe for perfectly baked chicken time and time again, all with different seasonings and flavors, and it has YET to disappoint. It’s so tender and so juicy that you will most likely come on over here and thank me for sharing this little secret of a method. Maybe?

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Served chicken breasts on a plate with side of rice.

Nah, I know we have a couple months left of this dreary sleepy weather, but the one thing that I DO like about winter is all the cooking I can do. I am way too cold to go out there so I just sit in my kitchen and draft up recipes.

Then, I test them, then we eat them, then I make them again, photograph them, AND finally I get to share them with you in my little space here.

Raw chicken in a baking dish with pats of butter on top of each chicken breast.

BAKED CHICKEN BREASTS

Today I am going to show you how to make the most perfect baked chicken breasts. All it involves is; butter, parchment paper, seasonings, fork, and a knife. Fork and knife not needed until you’s are ready to eat ’em up.

What you see up there is 4 chicken breasts all topped with my choice of seasonings and pats of butter. However, all of that is not the secret to my method. The secret is:

Parchment covered chicken.

Chicken breasts covered with Parchment paper.

My husband’s hands…

KIDDING!

HOW TO BAKE CHICKEN BREASTS IN THE OVEN

The secret is in that parchment paper placed over the chicken breasts. Parchment paper prevents the chicken from drying out.

In this way, the chicken bastes in its own juices and we end up with perfectly tender, juicy chicken breasts.

Baked chicken breasts in a baking dish.

This is also why we all love those juicy “In-Foil Chicken Recipes“; they cook up inside foil packets in their own juices and always come out moist! Like so:

But this time, instead of wrapping it all up inside foils, we’re just going to cover the chicken with parchment paper. This makes the chicken sweat while it bakes and the result is a juicier, tender chicken breast.

You can use this method and recipe pretty much any time that you need to bake up some chicken breasts. It’s a tried and true method, taught in culinary schools, and it works each time with whatever seasonings you wish to use.

SIMPLE CHICKEN SEASONING

My go to’s are:

  • salt
  • pepper
  • oregano
  • Italian seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • and more garlic.

I’m pretty sure garlic is part of my DNA… or something like that.

Baked chicken on a plate.

HOW TO STORE COOKED CHICKEN BREASTS

  • Let the cooked chicken breasts cool completely.
  • Refrigerate cooked chicken breasts in an airtight container, or wrap tightly with plastic wrap.
  • Cooked chicken breasts will last for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

HOW TO FREEZE COOKED CHICKEN BREASTS

  • Wrap cooked chicken breasts tightly in plastic wrap and add a layer of aluminum foil over the plastic wrap.
  • Place the wrapped chicken breasts in a freezer bag; seal the bag, pushing down on the bag to press out as much air as possible.
  • Place the bag in the freezer toward the back where it is the coldest.
  • When ready to use, remove from freezer and set in the fridge overnight to thaw out.

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Easy Baked Chicken Breasts Recipe - Tender and juicy, perfectly baked chicken breasts! The one and ONLY method and recipe you will need for baked chicken.

Easy Baked Chicken Breast

Katerina | Diethood
Tender and juicy, perfectly baked chicken breasts! The one and ONLY method and recipe you will need for baked chicken.
4.85 from 38 votes
Servings : 4 Serves
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins

Ingredients
  

  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 4 (1 pound) boneless, skinless chicken breasts (washed, dried, and trimmed)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or to taste) garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or to taste) dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon (or to taste) Italian Seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon butter, cut up into 4 pats
  • parchment paper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • Lightly grease a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray.
  • Arrange chicken breasts in baking dish and rub in the minced garlic over each chicken breast.
  • Season chicken on both sides with salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and Italian seasoning.
  • Place a pat of butter over each chicken breast.
  • Place a sheet of parchment paper over the chicken breasts. Tuck the edges so that it's snug around the chicken.
  • Bake for 30 to 33 minutes, or until chicken's internal temperature reaches 165F.
  • Serve right away OR remove from baking dish; let completely cool and keep in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

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Notes

WW Freestyle Smart Points: 1

Nutrition

Serving: 1 chicken breast | Calories: 161 kcal | Carbohydrates: 1 g | Protein: 24 g | Fat: 5 g | Saturated Fat: 2 g | Cholesterol: 80 mg | Sodium: 157 mg | Potassium: 419 mg | Vitamin A: 120 IU | Vitamin C: 1.8 mg | Calcium: 28 mg | Iron: 0.9 mg | Net Carbs: 1 g

Nutritional info is an estimate and provided as courtesy. Values may vary according to the ingredients and tools used. Please use your preferred nutritional calculator for more detailed info.

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken breasts, chicken breasts recipe, easy chicken breast recipe, easy chicken dinner recipe
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110 comments on “Easy Baked Chicken Breasts Recipe”

  1. Just found this today and I will be making for tonight. It looks yummy. But where can I find how you make the rice that is in the picture? That looks like a winning combo! Thank you in advance.

  2. I love to cook, learn and update new recipes for my daily menu, which makes me always interested in my work. Today’s my lucky day, Easy Baked Chicken Breasts recipe, just follow the instructions and everything is easy, I like that. Thanks for your sharing

  3. This recipe is perfect! My fiance is a picky eater and he loved how moist and tasty the breasts came out. THANK YOU!

  4. This is now our go to chicken recipe. So fast, easy, full of flavor, and simple to adjust seasonings to your sides. It’s also easy to add more or less breasts depending on how many will be at your table that day. Thanks so much for this AWESOME recipe!

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    rook brand tee

    There are many recipes for baken chicken breast, but yours is simple, I will try with it first. Thanks a lot.

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    laura@lasesana

    Baked chicken is great for dinner, your recipe is convenient. I will try to cook it for family on this weekend. Thanks for nice sharing.

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    Taylor Dorsey

    Thanks for the recipe! But, I wish more internet articles would put step by step part of the recipe at the top of the page instead of making me scroll through 10 feet of advertisements and explanations.

  8. Can I use foil instead of parchment paper? I ran out. Will it still be good? I hope so coz Its already in the oven lol

      1. This is now our go to chicken recipe. So fast, easy, full of flavor, and simple to adjust seasonings to your sides. It’s also easy to add more or less breasts depending on how many will be at your table that day. Thanks so much for this AWESOME recipe!

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