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.

Transform weeknight chicken breast into a meal everyone will love. We’ll show you how to bake chicken breast for a flavorful main dish in a flash.

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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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.

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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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  1. I have always cooked boneless chicken breasts on a casserole role pan covered in foil at 425 degrees for 45 minutes. I uncover it about ten minutes before it is done cooking if I want to add barbecue sauce or salsa and cheese and let it finish cooking uncovered for the remaining time.

  2. I made this tonight. I don't know if the oven might make a difference. I followed all the steps in the video and directions then I put it in for 20 minutes straight first, measured at 140ish F tops, 5 more mins and they all were at around 155F, 5 more mins and they were all at or above 170F. In the video, the chicken breasts look thinner than mine did when they're being laid out. So next time I'll try rolling them out thin in a bag with a rolling pin and see if it makes a difference. But for now this works pretty good for a weeknight.

  3. This does not work. I followed every step and after 40 minutes in the oven it was still pink. I had to take it out and grill it instead so that my family could have dinner.

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