This Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe is ultra tender every time thanks to these tips and tricks I’m sharing with you!
Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe
Start by using a heavy rolling pin or meat mallet to pound your chicken breast to an even thickness.
Season liberally with my special seasoning blend (in the recipe card below).
Bake for just 20 minutes, then let rest for 5 minutes under foil before slicing.
How To Get Juicy Baked Chicken
Is it really necessary to pound the chicken breasts to an even thickness before baking? Yes, it is absolutely necessary if you want juicy chicken. Here’s why…
The natural shape of a chicken breast is teardrop, with a thicker, meatier portion at the bottom of the teardrop. Chicken must be cooked to 165 degrees F before safely consuming. If you do not pound the chicken down, the thicker portion will take longer to cook to the safe temperature, while the thinner section of chicken breast will get overcooked and result in a dried out, choke-it-down chicken breast.
Do yourself a favor and pound the chicken.
4 (7 to 8 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tsp olive oil
3 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp chili powder
1 tsp parsley flakes
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp black pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp cumin
Pre heat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray with non stick spray.
Place the chicken breasts between two sheets of parchment paper and pound to an even thickness. Drizzle both sides of chicken with olive oil.
Combine seasonings and sprinkle generously over both sides of the chicken breasts. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and cover loosely with foil for 5 minutes before slicing. Enjoy!
If your chicken breasts are smaller in size, reduce the cook time to 18 minutes. If the chicken breasts are larger, increase cook time to 22 minutes. Check that internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.