Oven Baked Chicken

Introduction

Oven Baked Chicken Breasts are a quick, easy and inexpensive weeknight dinner option. Chicken breast is an excellent source of lean protein, but it can sometimes be a bit bland. I like to spice up my chicken breasts with a homemade dry rub. It adds great flavor and it keeps the chicken juicy, tender and moist!

In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.

In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

Add the chicken breast to the bowl and turn to coat.

Add the chicken breast to the bowl and turn to coat. Don’t use your hands, as this will cause the spices to fall off. There’s no need to over-mix or worry about fully covering the chicken with spice mix—you’re going for an even distribution, not full coverage.

Cover a baking sheet with foil for easier cleanup, if desired.

If the thought of cleaning up after dinner is enough to make you fall asleep before your food even cools, consider covering your baking sheet with foil. It’s much easier to clean than parchment paper, which can be more difficult to wipe down. Also keep in mind that some people prefer using aluminum foil because it doesn’t add as much iron from the pan into the food.

When using aluminum foil, spray it with non-stick spray so that nothing sticks and makes cleaning up harder later on. You can also consider trying another option like a silicone mat or cooling rack instead!

Transfer the chicken pieces to the baking sheet in a single layer.

Transfer the chicken pieces to the baking sheet in a single layer. This is best done with a spatula, as it will keep the pieces from overlapping and ensure that you don’t lose any of the liquid you’ve worked so hard to get out of them.

Bake in preheated oven for 16 to 18 minutes, or until juices run clear when pierced with a fork.

To serve, slice the chicken breast and arrange on individual plates. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve immediately.

The time needed to cook chicken will depend on the size of your breasts, so use a meat thermometer to check for doneness. If you do not have a meat thermometer handy, cut into one of the larger pieces near its end. The juices should be clear if it is done; otherwise continue cooking until they are clear.

You can make this delicious oven baked chicken on busy weeknights

This is one of those recipes that can be made on a busy weeknight. It’s great for anyone who isn’t a fan of frying, but still wants something with lots of flavor. It’s also easy to make ahead and freeze if you have too much going on in the kitchen!

The best part? You can customize this recipe any way you like! You can use chicken thighs or breast, different seasonings (like lemon pepper or thyme), add different vegetables (like mushrooms) and sauce it up with some extra sauce before serving. Go crazy!

Conclusion

Wow, that was quick and easy! You have now learned how to make a delicious oven baked chicken. This is an easy recipe that really takes only about 5 minutes to get ready for the oven and about 20 minutes in the oven. You can enjoy this dish with some rice or your favorite vegetables.

Oven Baked Chicken

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 tbsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 400oF
  • Combine all seasoning and rub on the chicken breasts.
  • Place the chicken on a greased sheet pan and bake for 16 – 18 minutes. Temp check the chicken before eating. All chicken should reach 165o.
Keyword Chicken

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