Chicken breast recipes are a go-to weeknight dinner idea. When you follow our easy, never-fail steps and you'll be ready to bake chicken breast any time. This is an easy way to cook chicken for chicken recipes that call for cooked chicken as an ingredient or to add protein to a salad or grain-based side dish to make it a meal.
Baking chicken breasts is a simple, healthy, and flavorful way to have a delicious meal fast. Plus, baked chicken stores remarkably well, which means it's a great pick for make-ahead meals. Add baked chicken to salads, pasta, veggies, or grains to make a complete meal for busy weeknights.
Step 1: Prepare ingredients and preheat oven
Pick your favorite seasonings or prepare a spice rub to add pizzazz to plain chicken breasts. We love the combination used in our Spice-Rubbed Chicken recipe:
These amounts are based on seasoning about five pounds of chicken breasts for baking.
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Seasoning Tip: If you'll be adding baked chicken breasts to a boldly flavored dish, keep the seasonings simple so the flavor doesn't overpower.
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Step 2: Prepare chicken breasts
Brush chicken breasts with oil and season as desired. If using our spice rub mix above, rub it into the breasts to be sure the spices stick. Don't forget to season both sides for the biggest flavor. Arrange chicken breasts in a single layer in a baking pan or roasting pan.
Tip: Line your baking pan with foil and spray with nonstick spray for easy cleanup of your baked chicken breasts.
Step 3: Bake chicken breasts
Bake chicken breasts in the 400°F oven, uncovered, 15 to 20 minutes or until no longer pink (use a meat thermometer to confirm that the chicken is heated through to 165°F).
To store: Let chicken stand for 30 minutes to cool. Individually wrap chicken breasts in waxed paper or parchment. Divide wrapped chicken between large freezer bags, removing as much air as possible from bags. Label and freeze for up to 4 months.