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A close-up of two baked chicken breasts on a white plate, one sliced and one left whole, with a fork picking up a sliced piece.
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Perfect Juicy Baked Chicken Breast

This is the Perfect Juicy Baked Chicken Breast recipe – you’ll never get bored with six different seasoning and marinade ideas!
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Chicken
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 221kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 chicken breasts (see instructions for 6oz, 8oz and 10oz breasts below)

Mediterranean-inspired marinade

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper

Teriyaki marinade

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp dry ground ginger

Honey mustard marinade

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 tsp each salt & pepper

Rotisserie-inspired spice rub

  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp each salt & pepper

Italian-inspired spice rub

  • 1 tsp parsley
  • 1 tsp thyme
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp basil
  • 1/4 tsp each salt & pepper

Curried spice rub

  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • 1 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp ground dry ginger
  • 1/4 tsp salt & pepper

Instructions

For Marinades

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix chicken marinade of choice together in a small bowl and pour over chicken in a resealable bag or small bowl. Marinate for at least 15 minutes and up to 24 hours.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil. If you'd like to do multiple marinades at a time, make dividers using your tin foil as shown in the video.
  • For 6 oz breasts: bake 18-20 minutes. For 8 oz breasts: bake 20-22 minutes. For 10oz breasts: bake 25-28 minutes. Check that chicken is cooked through by using a meat thermometer. Make sure it registers at least 162 F degrees in the thickest part of the chicken. Oven temperatures will vary so cooking times may vary slightly.
  • Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before slicing or chopping. Store in mason jars for later or serve immediately with a side dish. Enjoy!

For Spice Rubs

  • Preheat oven to 400 F. Mix together spice blends in a small bowl and toss chicken with spices and 1 tbsp olive oil. 
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or tin foil. If you'd like to do multiple spice blends at a time, make dividers using your tin foil as shown in the video.
  • For 6 oz breasts: bake 18-20 minutes. For 8 oz breasts: bake 20-22 minutes. For 10oz breasts: bake 25-28 minutes. Check that chicken is cooked through by using a meat thermometer. Make sure it registers at least 162 F degrees in the thickest part of the chicken. Oven temperatures will vary so cooking times may vary slightly.
  • Let chicken rest for 10 minutes before slicing or chopping. Store in mason jars for later or serve immediately with a side dish. Enjoy!

Video

Notes

Nutritional info is for one 8oz baked chicken breast.
Make different chicken marinades at once using foil packets.
Let the chicken rest after baking for maximum juiciness.
Store any leftover chicken in the fridge for up to 5 days. To avoid the leftover chicken taste, add a bit of water over top, reheat in a skillet or add some extra sauce.
Freeze the chicken cooked or raw in the marinade for up to 3 months. Defrost in the fridge overnight then reheat or cook as normal.

Nutrition

Calories: 221kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 262mg | Potassium: 851mg | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 8.6mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.8mg