This is BEST Baked juicy and flavorful baked chicken breast recipe. I think it makes the best protein source for a nutritious, healthy dinner and meal prep for the whole family. It is also gluten-free, sugar-free and whole30 friendly.
This is the most tender and perfectly seasoned, yet so easy to make oven-baked chicken breast recipe out there. I love meal prepping this chicken for the week. Then, I could whip up a healthy lunch or dinner in 5 minutes.
For example, toss some sliced chicken breast on top of your favorite salads, add a few fresh tomatoes and lettuce to make a quick sandwich, or pair it with some rice and sautéed veggies for a healthy dinner that will please the whole family.
Easy Oven Baked Chicken Breast
Oven Baked Chicken is so easy to make. I have been making it almost every Sunday for meal prep for a long time for as long as I can remember.
Because all you need is to mix the chicken, oil and seasoning in a bowl, bake and enjoy.
However, for a while, I have been doing it wrong.
In fact, it is very easy to overcook the oven baked chicken breast, which could result in rubbery or dried out meat.
So, a few things I learned from my own mistakes.
First, baking chicken breast at low temperature, anywhere below 400F.
Second, covering the oven baked chicken breast.
I used to think I was doing the baked chicken breast justice to cover it in order to trap the moist in. But it is completely the opposite. By covering the chicken, it actually starts a “steaming” process, which leads to rubbery to dried chicken breast.
Third, cutting the chicken breast up too soon after the oven.
So, do NOT do this!
Oven Baked Chicken Breast is Perfect for Meal Prep
Most chicken doesn’t do well overnight. But this oven baked chicken recipe is still juicy and tender even after you microwave it.
How to Make the Best Oven Baked Chicken Breast
There are so many ways you can season chicken breast. It is like a blank canvas.
Here I will share one of my favorites:
Rosemary Garlic and Lemon.
(Because my husband has proudly harvested some fresh and fragrant rosemary from our little herb garden. Thanks, Tom!)
First, prepare the seasoning. You will need:
- Chicken Breast
- Arrowroot Flour (starch)
- Avocado oil
High smoking point. Since we are going to roast the chicken breast at a very high temperature in the oven, you certainly do not want your smoke alarm to go off.
- Chopped fresh rosemary
- Chopped fresh garlic
- Halved Lemon
- Salt and pepper
Second, in a mixing bowl, combine 2 lbs chicken breast, avocado oil, seasoning and arrowroot starch.
Third, mix everything with hands until well combined.
Then, in an avocado oil greased pan, line up the chicken breast. Squeeze half a lemon on top.
Bake 450 F for 12 – 18 minutes depending the thickness and amount of the chicken you are using.
Last but not least, let the roasted chicken sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting.
Why Arrowroot Starch in Oven Baked Chicken Breast
I learned this trick from my dad, who is the best cook in my family. He always mix a little bit of starch when seasoning protein. Starches help trap the moist in.
Especially, chicken breasts tends to dry out so easily. Mixing in a little starch really helps develop that juicy and tender texture.
What Temperature to Bake the Chicken Breast
Like I said, I learned from my own mistakes over the years of making oven baked chicken breast. The best result is to cook the chicken at 425 F – 450 F.
Roasting chicken breast at high temperature gives the meat a crispy crust on the outside, and juicy moist meat on the inside.
Depending on the thickness of the chicken breast you are cooking with, baking at 450 F only requires 12 – 18 minutes.
Tip: For me, 15 minutes are always a safe option for the average store-bought chicken breasts. You could also use a cooking thermometer to test the inside of the chicken breast. It should be around 160 – 165 F.
How to Serve Oven Roasted Chicken Breast
Oven roasted chicken is so versatile. You can use it in so many ways.
Here are a few of my favorites:
Oven Baked Chicken for an Easy Whole 30 lunch or dinner Dinner
Buddha Bowl topped with Chicken
Chicken Cheddar Sandwich
Chicken and rice with sautéed veggies
How to Store Oven Baked Chicken Breast
One of my favorite things about this oven baked chicken recipe – the chicken does not dry out from refrigeration or microwaving.
First, make sure the chicken is completely cooled down. Then, transfer it into an airtight container and refrigerate it for up to 4 days.
Can I Freeze Oven Baked Chicken?
You can double the batch and freeze it in an airtight container or freezer bag.
When you are ready to enjoy, simply take the desired amount of oven baked chicken breast out of the freezer the night before to let it thaw. Then, microwave or pan sear it before serving.
Tips for the Most Juicy Oven Baked Chicken
To sum up the most important tips and tricks for some perfect oven baked chicken breasts, here are a few things to note:
First, roast the chicken breast in the oven at a very high temperature: 425 F to 450 F.
Second, do not cover the chicken breast.
Third, mix in arrowroot starch to develop the most tender and juicy chicken breast.
Last but not least, scroll down to check out the full recipe and direction. This easy oven baked chicken breast will become your meal prep staple too. The juiciest, tender and flavorful chicken breast for a healthy whole 30 lunch or dinner.
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- Chop the rosemary and garlic into small pieces. Leave a few bunches of rosemary for decoration.
- In a mixing bowl, combine 2 lbs of chicken breast, avocado oil, seasoning and arrowroot starch. Mix everything with hands until well combined. It should feel slightly floury on the outside of the chicken breast.
- Grease a baking pan with avocado oil. Line up the chicken breast. Squeeze half a lemon on top.
- Bake 450 F for 15 minutes
- Let the roasted chicken sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting.
- When baking at 450 F, I usually use this rule of thumb: 1 lb 7-8 minutes depending on thickness. See more tips on temperature when baking chicken breast in this post.
- Make sure to have the chicken rest for 10+ minutes to soak the juice in before cutting.
Serving Size:1/4 lb
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 180Total Fat: 6.4gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 2gSugar: 0gProtein: 35g
The Nutrition Fact Below is specific to the ingredient I choose to use for this recipe, which may vary.