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Juicy Baked Chicken Breasts

This recipe for Juicy Baked Chicken Breasts features chicken that’s seasoned with a flavorful rub, then roasted until they’re tender. They can be enjoyed atop fresh greens as a dinner salad, as the featured entrée with your favorite sides, or turned into a sandwich on a toasted Kaiser roll.

Juicy Baked Chicken Breasts

Easy Juicy Baked Chicken Breasts Recipe

There is truly no end to the ways of cooking boneless chicken breasts. Chicken cooks quickly, and can be transformed into a myriad of dishes. Dishes, I might add, that my family embraces each time chicken is served. Garlic brown sugar chicken served over rice and crockpot chicken and dressing always brings them running to the table. Italian inspired Pepperoni pizza chicken and chicken and vegetable foil packs are just a couple of samples of our all-time favorites.

Spice rub ingredients and chicken breasts on a pan

How to Make the Best Juicy Baked Chicken Breasts

How do you make easy juicy chicken breasts in the oven? It’s surprisingly simple to do, This particular boneless chicken recipe is a fabulous way to use pantry ingredients that you already have on hand to make a flavorful rub. A homemade seasoning rub adds flavor and a little sass to plain chicken breasts.

  • Can I bake bone-in chicken breasts? This recipe utilizes boneless skinless chicken breasts. If you would like to see how to make juicy bone-in chicken breasts in the oven, checkout my recipe for Oven BBQ Chicken Breasts that turns out juicy and delicious every single time.
  • Can I adapt the spice rub ingredients? Absolutely, you can, Feel free to experiment with the spice rub adapting the ingredients using what you have on hand. This particular rub is my go-to.
  • You may season the chicken breasts with the rub ahead of time, and then keep chilled in an airtight container until you’re ready to prepare. Even overnight, when you’re pressed for time.
  • Can you stuff chicken breasts? Oh yes, the stuffing options are endless. This easy chicken breast recipes keeps things simple. You may want to checkout my recipe for Oven Fried Provolone Stuffed Chicken Breasts here.
  • You may also enjoy this recipe for Garlic, Lemon and Herb Grilled Chicken Breasts from Kalyn’s Kitchen.


Juicy Baked Chicken Breasts

Southern Style Side Dishes to Serve with Oven Baked Chicken

There’s no wrong choice of side dishes in my opinion to go with this juicy baked chicken breasts recipe. That said, I wanted to direct you to a few of my favorites you can find in the MSSK recipe index.



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Juicy Baked Chicken Breasts
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Juicy Baked Chicken Breasts

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Resting time5 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course, Poultry
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked-chicken-breasts, easy-chicken-breast-recipes, juicy-baked-chicken-breasts
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 306kcal


  • 4 8 oz boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp dark chili powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp lemon pepper
  • 1 tsp granulated garlic or garlic powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp dried thyme, oregano or tarragon
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp cayenne adjust to taste
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil plus additional as needed


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Using an oven safe grill pan, broiler pan or line a baking sheet with foil. Spray liberally with cooking spray.
  • Pound the thickest portion of each chicken breasts into even thickness. (This will ensure the chicken cooks evenly.)
  • In a small bowl, whisk together brown sugar, chili, salt, lemon pepper, garlic, paprika, thyme, onion powder and cayenne.
  • Drizzle chicken pieces on both sides with oil. Sprinkle both sides evenly with seasoning rubbing into the chicken pieces. Place on prepared pan.
  • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until juices run clear. (Internal temperature of 165°F)
  • Rest for 5 minutes, slice and serve.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 306kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 130mg | Sodium: 732mg | Potassium: 48mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 462IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. 5 stars
    I have made this the way the recipe calls and I just made it by slicing my chicken in strips. I put it in a skillet with olive oil and when it was finished I put it over my salad. I love following you and love trying the recipes. Thank you

  2. Love the baked chicken recipe. I’m not much on cooking chicken. The idea of pounding the thick part. Excellent. Thank you

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