Seasoned Moist Baked Chicken Breast in a baking dish

How to Bake Chicken Breast that are Moist and Tender

Follow these steps for simple moist oven baked chicken breasts, every time.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword baked chicken breast, how to bake chicken breast, moist chicken breast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 198kcal
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  • 4 medium boneless skinless chicken breasts about 6-ounces each
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil light
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Preheat oven to 325º F. Line large baking dish with foil. Let chicken sit at room temp 15-20 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 other side.
  • Bake 25–30 minutes, or internal temp reaches 165º F. with a digital instant-read thermometer and is no longer pink inside.
  • Remove from oven and let set a few minutes before serving. 


  • Instructions are for chicken breasts about 1-inch thick. Add or reduce 5-10 minutes baking time depending on thickness.
  • Bringing chicken to room temp creates more even cooking throughout, but can be skipped to save time.
  • 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.


Calories: 198kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 197mg | Potassium: 629mg | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 1% | Vitamin C: 2.5% | Calcium: 0.8% | Iron: 3.5%