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.
Keyword: baked chicken
2poundsboneless, skinless chicken breastsabout 4 medium size breasts
2tablespoonsExtra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2teaspoonpaprikaor chili powder
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.
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.