How to Bake Chicken Breast that are Moist and Tender
Follow these steps for simple moist oven baked chicken breasts, every time. These perfect baked chicken breasts may become a new family favorite.
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Prep Time 5minutes
Cook Time 30minutes
Total Time 35minutes
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4mediumboneless skinless chicken breastsabout 6-ounces each
Salt and pepperto taste
Preheat oven to 325º F. Line large baking dish with foil. Let chicken sit at room temp for about 30 minutes.
Pat chicken breasts dry with paper towel, and place in baking dish. Lightly drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper (or other seasonings or your choice). Rotate chicken breasts and repeat for the other side.
Bake 25–30 minutes or until internal temp reaches 160º F. with a digital instant-read thermometer and chicken is no longer pink inside (the safe cooking temp for chicken is 165º F, but it will continue to cook as it sits).
Remove from oven, cover with foil to build more heat and hold in moisture. Let sit 5-15 minutes before serving.
Bringing chicken to room temp creates more even cooking throughout, but can be skipped to save time.
Try adding extra flavor with herbs, seasonings, and spices such as Italian seasoning, basil, oregano, rosemary, thyme, tarragon, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes, curry powder and/or cayenne pepper.
Instructions are for chicken breasts about 1-inch thick. Add or reduce 5-10 minutes baking time depending on thickness.
Lining baking dish with foil makes cleanup easy.
If cooking frozen chicken breast, add 10-15 minutes baking time.
Do not open oven until chicken is close to done as this will let steam out. No need to rotate chicken during baking.
To save leftovers: Allow baked chicken to cool on a plate. Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 3–4 days. Store whole, shredded, or chopped pieces tightly sealed in freezer up to 3–4 months.