How to Bake Chicken Breast

Follow our easy, never-fail steps and you'll be ready to bake chicken breast any night of the week.


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Baking (or roasting) chicken breasts is a simple, healthy, and flavorful way to have a delicious meal fast. Plus, baked chicken keeps remarkably well, which means it's a great pick for make-ahead meals.

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How to Bake Chicken Breast

Step 1: Prepare ingredients and preheat oven

Pick your favorite seasonings (or follow our Spice-Rubbed Chicken recipe below) to add pizzazz to plain chicken breasts. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

See Spice-Rubbed Chicken recipe

Step 2: Prepare chicken breasts

Brush chicken breasts with oil and season as desired. Arrange chicken breasts in a single layer in a baking pan or roasting pan.

Step 3: Bake chicken breasts

Bake chicken breasts, uncovered, for 18 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink (use a meat thermometer to confirm that the chicken is heated through to 170 degrees F).

To store: Let chicken stand for 30 minutes to cool. Individually wrap chicken breasts in waxed paper. Divide wrapped chicken between two large freezer bags, removing as much air as possible from bags. Label and freeze for up to 4 months.

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