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Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast

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Author: Natalya Drozhzhin
Baked Chicken Breast is great as a main dish, salad topper, or even a sandwich protein. Learn how to bake the juiciest Chicken Breast in the Oven. Oven-baked chicken breast also keeps really well, making it perfect for meal prep.*
Prep Time: 5minutes 
Cook Time: 20minutes 
Total Time: 25minutes 


Servings: 6 servings
  • 2 lb chicken breast(about 4-6 pieces)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 Tbsp garlic parsley salt*
  • 1 tsp black pepperor added to taste
  • 2 Tbsp olive oilavocado oil, or melted butter
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  • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the chicken breast on a parchment- lined baking sheet, leaving a little space between them for the air to circulate.
  • Pat the chicken breasts with paper towels before adding the seasoning. This will help it stick better. Brush the chicken breasts on all sides with oil (or melted butter), then sprinkle on paprika, garlic-parsley salt, and pepper.
  • Bake for about 20 minutes or until chicken reaches 165°F on a thermometer.


*Variations: Here are some of our favorite seasonings to swap or add to the chicken breasts:

  • Garlic powder, Onion powder, Cumin, Chili powder, or Cajun seasoning
  • Taco seasoning – perfect for Chicken Tacos!
  • Italian seasonings: oregano, thyme, basil, or parsley

*Make-Ahead Tips:

  • To Store in the Refrigerator: Transfer cooked chicken to an airtight container and refrigerate for 3-4 days.
  • To Freeze: Transfer the chicken to freezer-safe containers or airtight packaging and store for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
  • Reheat in the oven: Set the chicken breasts in a baking dish or casserole dish, add 3 Tbsp water to the dish, cover with foil, and bake at 350°F for about 20-25 min until the internal temp reaches 165˚F.
  • Reheat in the air fryer: You can also reheat the chicken breast in the air fryer at 350˚F. Brush both sides with olive oil and air fry for about 6 min per side, or until it reaches 165˚F.

Nutrition Per Serving

217kcal calories1g carbs32g protein9g fat

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