Baked Chicken Breast

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  • The easiest and juiciest Baked Chicken Breast recipe. Oven Baked Chicken Breasts that are tender and flavorful – delicious as an entree or to toss in salads, tacos and more!

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    After a fun weekend filled with indulgences, it’s time to get back on track and negate those extra glasses of wine, ice cream and Meltaway Muffins.

    I have a busy day of prep today as I plan to host friends and colleagues at #calmwatercottage for a retreat this week! So, I’m turning to one of my favorite easy weeknight meals – Baked Chicken Breast.

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    We have been making this simple recipe for years! We make this easy Baked Chicken Breast all the time – especially during the week when we’re short on time.

    It’s a delicious entree, but it also makes weekly meal prep easy. You can make oven baked chicken ahead to enjoy in several different ways throughout the week. It’s so easy it just takes 3 minutes hands-on time! Even better, it requires only staple ingredients (in addition to the chicken breast, of course!)

    Keep reading for the full printable recipe!

    How Many Calories are in Baked Chicken?

    Did I mention it’s easy on the hips, too? Coming in at just 271 guilt-free calories it’s my go to, especially during swimsuit season.

    Secrets to Juicy Baked Chicken Breasts:

    • use olive oil to seal in the moisture
    • cover in your favorite seasoning {you can simply use garlic, onion, salt, pepper, red pepper or anything premixed like Old El Paso fajita seasoning}
    • allow to rest 10 minutes before slicing

    How to Make the Best Baked Chicken Breast:

    Preheat oven.

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    Coat your chicken in olive oil (no need to marinate) and place in a baking dish.

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    Sprinkle your favorite spices or seasonings on both sides of your chicken breast. You can even go simple with just salt and pepper if you prefer.

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    Bake 20 minutes.

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    Pull your chicken out of the oven and allow it to rest 10 minutes. It will continue to cook, sealing in the moisture. This recipe from start to finish takes a total of 30 minutes, though just a few minutes hands on time.

    Depending on the thickness, you may need to add on a few extra minutes of cooking time. You can also use a meat thermometer if you prefer, but that’s too much fuss for this girl.

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    Slice! Once you slice it it will stop cooking.

    baked chicken breast recipe

    You can see just how tender and juicy these perfectly Baked Chicken Breasts are! Cooking chicken has never been easier!

    What to Eat Baked Chicken Breast With

    We enjoy Baked Chicken Breast on a bed of pasta, on tacos, in taco salad, with a side of vegetables, on salad and more! It’s the most versatile recipe and can be easily adapted with your favorite seasoning.

    What is the Best Seasoning for Chicken?

    Can you tell we love Mexican? But you can make this any flavor you’d like! These are our favorite seasonings for Baked Chicken Breast:

    • Italian
    • Lemon Pepper
    • Fajita
    • Cajun
    • Garlic and Herb
    • Southwest Chipotle
    • Salt and Pepper (sometimes it’s nice to go basic!)

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    In the next few weeks, I’ll share some of my favorite recipes to use this easy baked chicken breast to mix up your weeknight dinners!

    How to Bake Chicken:


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    5 from 15 votes

    Baked Chicken Breast

    The juiciest baked chicken breast in just a few minutes! Perfect for tacos, salads, as an entree or served on a bed of pasta. Learn how to bake chicken for an easy weeknight dinner.
    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Keyword chicken, easy dinner, how to
    Prep Time 3 minutes
    Cook Time 20 minutes
    Total Time 23 minutes
    Servings 3
    Calories 271 kcal


    • 3 chicken breasts
    • 1 Tbsp olive oil
    • 1 Tbsp seasoning


    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
    2. In a baking dish, brush both sides of chicken breast with olive oil and sprinkle on seasoning.
    3. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
    4. Allow chicken to rest for 10 minutes to continue to cook. Slice or dice.

    Recipe Notes

    use your favorite seasoning - for this recipe I used a 1/2 package Old El Paso fajita seasoning

    Nutrition Facts
    Baked Chicken Breast
    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 271 Calories from Fat 45
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 5g8%
    Saturated Fat 1g5%
    Carbohydrates 1g0%
    Protein 36g72%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

    Don’t forget to return to rate this recipe – I love hearing how you use my recipes as well!


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