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Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts – Simple and easy method for how to make perfectly juicy and deliciously seasoned oven baked chicken breasts.

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My quest for juicy baked chicken breasts recipe continues. Truthfully, I don’t know if I’ll ever stop searching for new ways to make simple baked chicken. HOWEVER, this Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts recipe MIGHT have changed my mind.

Slap me silly, but I had no idea that brining chicken breasts in salted water for 20 minutes results in over-the-top delicious chicken! Did you all know that? I mean, seriously. HOW simple is that? WHY didn’t I know?!

Instead of marinating chicken breasts for 20 to 30 minutes, you just brine them in salted water. THAT IS ALL. Goodbye.

Scouts honor, with this trick, you will never again eat another piece of dry, bland chicken breast. IF brining is not your thing, check out my recipe for Easy Baked Chicken Breasts that are extra juicy and full of flavor!

Brining Chicken - How To Cook Moist and Tender Chicken Breasts

SIMPLE CHICKEN BRINE

Take 4 chicken breasts and put them in a large bowl.

Pour 4 cups lukewarm water (about 90 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit) in a separate large cup or bowl and add 1/4 cup salt; stir to combine.

Pour the mixture over the chicken breasts and set aside for 20 to 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours.

HOW TO MAKE JUICY OVEN BAKED CHICKEN BREASTS

When ready, pour out the brine, then take each chicken piece and rinse under cold water; pat dry with paper towels.

Arrange chicken breasts in a 9×13 baking dish; rub olive oil all over each chicken breast and set aside.

Chicken Seasoning Blend

CHICKEN SEASONING BLEND

Prepare the seasoning by mixing together salt, fresh ground pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, dried basil, dried rosemary, and dried parsley.

Rub the seasoning all over each chicken breast.

Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts - How To Cook Moist and Tender Chicken Breasts

Transfer to the oven and cook at 425F for 22 to 25 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165F. Thinner breasts will need less time, thicker breasts might need a little more time in the oven. Start checking for doneness at the 20 minute mark.

As you can see, this method requires the simplest, easiest way to bake moist and tender chicken breasts in the oven. What’s even better is that the chicken is just as tender and juicy even after refrigerating for 3 days.

If you have tricks and tips for baked chicken breasts, I’d LOVE to hear about it in the comments!

Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts - How To Cook Moist and Tender Chicken Breasts

Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts - How To Cook Moist and Tender Chicken Breasts

HOW TO STORE COOKED CHICKEN BREASTS

  • Refrigerate cooked and completely cooled chicken breasts in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

HOW TO FREEZE COOKED CHICKEN BREASTS

  • Wrap each cooked chicken breast in plastic wrap, then add a layer of aluminum foil over the plastic wrap.
  • Transfer the wrapped chicken breasts to a freezer bag and freeze for 4 months.
  • When ready to use, remove from freezer and set in the fridge overnight to thaw out.

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Oven Baked Chicken Breasts Recipe | How to Cook Chicken Breasts
Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 

Simple and easy method for how to make perfectly juicy and deliciously seasoned oven baked chicken breasts.

Course: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken breasts recipe, chicken recipes, oven baked chicken breasts
Servings: 4 Serves
Calories: 163 kcal
Ingredients
FOR THE CHICKEN BREASTS
  • 4 (1 pound) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 4 cups lukewarm water about 90 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
CHICKEN SEASONING BLEND
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked or sweet paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley
  • fresh chopped parsley, for garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425F.
  2. Place chicken breasts in a large bowl and set aside.
  3. In a large measuring cup or a mixing bowl combine lukewarm water and salt; stir and pour over chicken breasts. Set aside for 20 to 30 minutes. You can also also cover the bowl and refrigerate for 2 hours.
  4. In the meantime, prepare the Chicken Seasoning Blend.
  5. Combine salt, fresh ground pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, dried thyme, dried basil, dried rosemary, and dried parsley in a small bowl; using a fork, stir around the seasonings until thoroughly incorporated. Set aside.
  6. Pour out the salt water and rinse each chicken breasts under cold water; pat dry with paper towels.
  7. Place the chicken breasts in a baking dish and rub the olive oil all over each chicken breast.
  8. Sprinkle seasoning blend evenly over the chicken breasts on all sides. You don't have to use the entire seasoning blend; use as much as you like.
  9. Transfer to the oven and cook for 22 to 25 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 165F. Thinner breasts will need less time, thicker breasts might need a little more time in the oven. Start checking for doneness at the 20 minute mark.
  10. For a browned, crispy top, set your oven to broil on high for the final 4 minutes and broil the chicken until golden on top.
  11. Remove from oven and transfer chicken breasts to a serving plate.
  12. Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before cutting.
  13. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve.
Recipe Notes

HOW TO STORE COOKED CHICKEN BREASTS

  • Refrigerate cooked and completely cooled chicken breasts in an airtight container for up to 4 days.

HOW TO FREEZE COOKED CHICKEN BREASTS

  • Wrap each cooked chicken breast in plastic wrap, then add a layer of aluminum foil over the plastic wrap.
  • Transfer the wrapped chicken breasts to a freezer bag and freeze for 4 months.
  • When ready to use, remove from freezer and set in the fridge overnight to thaw out.

 

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Nutrition Facts
Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts
Amount Per Serving (1 Chicken Breast)
Calories 163 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 713mg 30%
Potassium 419mg 12%
Protein 24g 48%
Vitamin A 1.2%
Vitamin C 1.6%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 3.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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21 Responses
  1. Love your suggestion of seasoning mix of herbs!
    I too was unaware of brining until I watched Heston Blumenthal’s program (How to cook like Heston) about chicken and I always use it for breasts and other chicken parts. What’s best about it is that I don’t need to add salt to the seasoning and it doesn’t matter how much chicken you want to brine – the proportion is always 250ml of water to 1 tablespoon of salt.

    1. No, it’s 1 pound of chicken breasts, or 4 chicken breasts… each at 4 ounces. 😀 BUT if you want to use more chicken breasts, go ahead. Just double up on everything. I do that almost every other Sunday and have enough chicken for the entire week.

      1. Donna

        Thank you for your quick response!
        I’m trying this tonight. Chicken breast is my favorite protein and you can’t beat the ease of this recipe.

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