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How to bake chicken breast in the oven

How to Bake Chicken Breast in the Oven

Follow this easy 3-step guide to bake the perfect chicken breast in the oven. You will always get a perfectly tender, juicy, and yummy result.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword brining, chicken breast, easy, how to cook chicken breast
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Brine Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 125kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless & skinless)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • Water
  • Seasoning (i like curry powder and paprika)


  • Cut away any visible fat and bones. I always use a pair of scissors for this as it’s much easier than using a knife.
  • Fill a large bowl with just enough water to cover the chicken breasts and add ½ tbsp. of salt for each chicken breast. Let the salt dissolve before adding the chicken breasts.
  • Leave the chicken breasts to marinate in the salt water for 1-3 hours in the fridge. This will draw water into the chicken and make it super moist when you cook it (this process is called “brining”).
  • Rinse the chicken breasts thoroughly in cold water. Dry them with a paper towel and put them on a baking pan.
  • Add your favorite seasoning. I usually use pepper, curry powder, paprika and garlic powder, but you can use a wide variety of spices.
  • Cook the chicken breasts in the oven for about 18-20 minutes at a 365 F (185 C), depending on the size of the chicken breasts. Cut into one with a knife to see if they are done before taking them out of the oven.
  • Let the chicken breasts rest for 2-3 minutes after you take them out of the oven to lock in all the juices.


Serving: 4oz. | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 26.1g | Fat: 1.1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 65.8mg | Sodium: 73.7mg | Potassium: 289.2mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 0IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 0.8mg | Net carbs: 0g