Anyone who has previously worked with a chicken breast recipe is aware of how versatile and difficult it can be to work with, especially when roasted in the oven. If you cook them incorrectly, the result will be a flavorless, tough, rubbery, and dry disaster. but prepared properly? You will adore these juicy, tender, delicious, and expertly roasted chicken breasts.
The good thing is that adding your preferred seasonings or sauces makes them incredibly simple to modify. Additionally, using my 5-step baked chicken breasts recipe is really simple to prepare. Over the years, thousands of our readers have given it a try and stated that this technique completely changed the way they cook chicken. So let’s bake some chicken together if you haven’t tried it yet!
Prep Time: 20 MINUTES
Cook Time: 15 MINUTES
Total Time: 35 MINUTES
Ingredients Chicken Breast Recipe
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to even thickness
- 1 tablespoon melted butter or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
- Brine the chicken. (Verify the chicken breasts’ labels. Please omit this step if they have already been pre-brined in a sodium solution.) 1 quart of warm water, 1/4 cup kosher salt, and a large basin should be filled. Up until the majority of the salt is absorbed, stir to mix. Add the chicken breasts and let them marinate for 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can cover the bowl and refrigerate the chicken for up to 6 hours. Chicken breasts should be taken out of the brine, rinsed under cold water, and dried with paper towels.
- Heat the oven. set the oven to 450 degrees.
- Season the chicken. In a sizable baking pan, arrange the chicken breasts in a single layer. Brush the melted butter or olive oil evenly on both sides (turning once). Combine the salt, pepper, garlic powder, and paprika in a separate small bowl. On both sides of the chicken, equally, distribute the seasoning mixture.
- Bake.Bake the chicken for 15 to 18 minutes,* or until it is thoroughly cooked and no longer pink. I advise using a cooking thermometer to determine the precise point at which the chicken is fully cooked because cooking time will vary depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts. The breast’s thickest region should register 165°F. (You can broil the chicken for the last three to five minutes of cooking time until it is thoroughly cooked and golden on top if you want it to be a little bit browner and crispier. However, keep a close eye on the chicken to prevent overcooking and/or burning.)
- Chicken needs to rest. Once the chicken is done cooking, take the pan out of the oven, put the chicken on a fresh dish, and cover the plate with aluminum foil loosely. Give the chicken at least five to ten minutes to rest.
- Serve. Enjoy warm servings!