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Baked Chicken Breast

The easiest and juiciest Baked Chicken Breast recipe.

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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 make this easy Baked Chicken Breast all the time. Oven baked chicken is so good and juicy on its own and you can even prepare several for the week to enjoy in different ways, in just 3 minutes hands-on time!

How to make the best Baked Chicken Breast:

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baked chicken recipe

No marinating required…

baked chicken breast


baked chicken breast


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baked chicken breast recipe


We enjoy Baked Chicken Breast with 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.

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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.

There are a couple secrets to make the best Baked Chicken Breast:

  • 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

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:

Baked Chicken Breast

Prep Time 3 mins Inactive Time 23 mins Cook Time 20 mins Total Time 23 mins
Yields 3

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.


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


Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 

In a baking dish, brush both sides of chicken breast with olive oil and sprinkle on seasoning.

Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven.

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

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10 comments on “Baked Chicken Breast”

  1. Hi Julie! I wanted to thank you for this super simple, great recipe. I make chicken all the time in a million different ways, with various results. I was very skeptical that this higher heat and less cooking time would work, but last night with a few chicken breasts ready to cook I decided to follow this recipe, including the 10 minutes rest (which we never do). It was fantastic! My husband and 3 teenagers all commented on how delicious and tender it was and they gobbled it all up. Thank you again, Julie, and keep up the great work!

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    • Oh Linda, thank you so much for sharing – I couldn’t agree more, but it means so much that you took the time to share. It’s an easy to tweak recipe, too!

  2. Where is the pinterest button?

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  4. Julie, why do I always try new recipes when we are having guests?  I say, “don’t do it, you just don’t know how it will turn out”…my confidence was in your reputation and previous recipes that I know to be a winner every time. The baked chicken turned out moist and delicious, as stated,  and several asked for the recipe. I printed out a few extra copies just in case. 
    Thank you,

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    • You’re hilarious, Raina! I do the same. I appreciate your confidence in me and am so glad you enjoyed the baked chicken as well! I use it for EVERYTHING! It’s so easy to mix it up with different seasonings. Hope your summer is off to a great start!

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  6. I love this simple baked chicken recipe!!!  Food doesn’t need to be complicated to be good!

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