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5 from 20 votes

Baked Chicken Breasts

Learn how to make the most flavorful, tender and juicy baked chicken breast - no more dry chicken! With a five minute prep time and just 20 minutes in the oven, you'll have this dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time25 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked chicken
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Kristin

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts about 4 medium size breasts
  • 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder or paprika

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Pound chicken breasts lightly so they are of even thickness.
  • Pour olive oil in a 13" x 9" baking dish. Lightly coat the chicken with the oil to coat it, then place chicken breasts side by side in the dish.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together salt, pepper, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder (or paprika). Sprinkle the seasoning mixture over both sides of the chicken and rub it in with your hands. Place chicken breasts side by side, making sure there is no overlap.
  • Bake in a preheated oven for 15-20 minutes, until juices are clear or a meat thermometer reads 160-170 degrees. *Note - depending on the size of your chicken breasts, it could take longer. Mine were pounded to less than an inch thick.
  • Cover with foil and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes while the juices settle before slicing.
  • Serve hot.

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Notes

A lot of people were concerned about the olive oil being cooked at such a high temperature and that it can break down and become harmful so I have switched to using corn or canola oil. Although the oven temp is 450 degrees, the food (and consequently the oil) doesn't reach anywhere near that temperature and it's only in the oven for a short time. I have never had an issue with the small amount of extra virgin olive oil reaching it's smoke point on the chicken, but if you are concerned, I recommend doing some research and making that decision for yourself.

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 97mg | Sodium: 563mg | Potassium: 559mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Vitamin C: 1.8mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 0.6mg