The Easiest, Simplest Way To Bake Chicken Breasts In The Oven

The Easiest, Simplest Way To Bake Chicken Breasts In The Oven

I personally know of a few people whose diets were stopped by chicken breasts because they taste so boring.

No. Don’t laugh. It’s true.

Chicken breasts are the foundation of a lot of great diets (1), because they’re low fat, low calorie, and pack tons of protein.

Plus, all that protein helps keep you fuller for longer – so you don’t snack on unhealthy foods.

Unfortunately, lots of people suffer under the mistaken belief that chicken breasts are boring. That they’re flavorless. That they’re dry, and chewy, and awful, and why oh why is this even food.

And they’re dead wrong.

Those people are dead wrong! When chicken breasts are done right, they’re succulent, moist, tender, aromatic, and flat out delicious(2). I love eating chicken breasts.

So today, right now, I’m going to show you the simplest possible way to have delicious, amazing tasting, protein packed, chicken breasts. It only takes a few steps. Ready?

This Is Seriously The Easiest Method, You Guys

ok , so the reason why skinless chicken breasts have a bad reputation as tough, tasteless, and dry, is because there’s so little fat in them(3).

That’s why this method is so good.

What we’re going to do is use the steady, omni-directional heat of an oven because it’s so easy, but to stop the chicken from drying out, we’re going to put a sheet of parchment paper on top.

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The paper basically acts like the chicken breasts’ missing skin – it stops it from getting dry and tasteless. This is like a hybrid of roasting and braising a chicken – since the chicken is going to cook in its own juices it’s going to come out flavorful, moist, and delicious.

God, It’s So Easy

This is literally a foolproof method – just follow these steps and you will never once wind up with inedible tasteless chicken breasts.

You can cook them as you eat them if you want, but the easiest way is to do a bunch at once so that you have leftovers to eat during the week.

For seasoning, simple salt and pepper is something I’ve found to work amazing , but you can season to your heart’s delight with any seasoning you desire.

The Method:


Boneless skinless chicken breast (one or more)

Pepper and salt

Olive oil or butter

Any other seasoning or spices you want to use


Parchment paper

Baking Dish

How To Cook Chicken Breasts In The Oven

  1. First, get your oven preheated to 400 degrees. Put the rack in the middle position.
  2. Get your pan ready. That means rubbing the whole pan (and one side of the paper) with butter or olive oil.
  3. Get your chicken ready. That means patting it dry and then rubbing some butter or olive oil on it. Sprinkle some salt and pepper on top to season it, along with other seasonings you want to use.
  4. Put the chicken in the baking dish. Space the breasts apart so they can cook evenly. For bonus style points, tuck lemons or herbs around them to add flavor.
  5. Next, put the parchment butter side down on top of the chicken. Tuck the edges into the dish and press it down – you want this to mimic skin, so it’s got to be flat over the chicken.
  6. Put that dish in the oven and bake it for 30 to 40 minutes. The chicken has to be totally opaque all the way through and if you’ve got a thermometer it should read 165 degrees on the inside.

how to cook chicken breasts in the oven

Next, all you gotta do is eat some delicious chicken! Enjoy!

25 comments… add one
  • NikitaMayuresh May 17, 2018, 12:37 pm

    Amazing tips to bake chicken. This is a really good process to keep the nutrition intact. I am a health and fitness blogger and I support your style of baking chicken. Chicken is high in protein and very good source of all other vital nutrients.
    Love your post, keep up the good work :)

  • Mae Whatley October 2, 2015, 10:37 am

    Baking in the oven is SO easy to do. If you think you cannot really cook, I urge you to get on YouTube and watch a few videos. Baking is the easy part and most times you can “set it and forget it”. With baked chicken, it is almost always done evenly, which is nice.

  • Roy Gerhardt October 1, 2015, 9:39 pm

    The best part about things like this is that you do not need to be a celebrity chef to get the job done.

    • Kristin Hulme October 6, 2015, 12:06 pm

      You got that right! I love to bake things in the oven. Set it and forget it!

  • Mary Whitaker October 1, 2015, 9:20 pm

    I love to cook. Thank you for the ideas!

    • Aida Gonzalez October 2, 2015, 10:47 am

      Do you know any real good chicken recipes that include the crock pot?

  • Samira Snider September 29, 2015, 9:23 pm

    Chicken breasts are easy to cook and that is why I am always looking up new ways to prepare them for the oven.

  • Jennifer Reyes September 28, 2015, 9:15 pm

    I always like the aroma of rosemary rubbed onto a chicken breast. Thanks for the tips here!

    • Thomas Hughes October 1, 2015, 9:30 pm

      Ohhh, that is a great idea. Good combination of spices that always work well together.

    • Tammy Marable October 6, 2015, 1:36 pm

      One of my favorites to add to any recipe as well! Thanks for posting about this!

  • Danielle Harris September 27, 2015, 11:06 am

    One of my favorites!

    • Michelle Foster September 28, 2015, 9:23 pm

      Mine too! There are so many things you can do with a chicken breast and the majority of them are good for you!

  • Amee Hinkel September 26, 2015, 9:26 am

    Chicken breasts in the oven are favorite in my family. thanks for the tips!

  • Lucille Helms September 26, 2015, 9:17 am

    Chicken breasts are generally more healthy for you than red meat as well, so that is an added bonus!

    • Bernadine Maxwell September 27, 2015, 11:16 am

      Totally! I eat them a couple of times per week just for that reason.

  • James Strange September 25, 2015, 8:55 am

    Great! I love to cook for my wife, so I think I’ll take this recipe and give it a try soon :)

  • Genevie Moran September 25, 2015, 8:41 am

    You are right, it will NOT get any easier than this!

    • Margery Young September 29, 2015, 9:14 pm

      I agree. Chicken is the best in the oven and it is also very healthy for you compared to fried foods or any red meat for that matter.

  • Arlene Newell September 24, 2015, 8:48 am

    I hate to cook! I will have to show this to my b/f and see if he can make the magic happen with it :)

  • Cheryl Barker September 24, 2015, 8:39 am

    Best meal ever. I love recipes that include baked chicken!

    • Virginia Wilson October 1, 2015, 9:10 pm

      me too! They are usually so good and chicken is easy to cook in my opinion.

  • Susan Sweat September 22, 2015, 1:53 pm

    I would like to see more recipes for chicken breasts if you have them! One of my family’s favorite dinners right now, so I like to mix it up when I can.

  • Amanda Doll September 22, 2015, 12:32 pm

    One of my favorite things to make is baked chicken breast in the oven. So juicy and good for leftovers as well.

  • Larry Donaghy September 18, 2015, 2:25 pm

    Great tips! Thank you for the post!

  • Pattie Darrow September 18, 2015, 2:01 pm

    I love to bake chicken breasts in the oven. I have a honey and rosemary rub that I put on them and when that is all crispy, you have some fantastic chicken!

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