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This Easy Baked Chicken Breasts recipe is made with a few simple ingredients and takes 20 minutes in the oven. Use for salad, sandwiches or a light dinner!

easy baked chicken breasts on baking sheet out of the oven

This is the best baked chicken recipe to make when you need cooked chicken breasts for salads, sandwiches or casseroles. It’s super easy, uses just a few simple ingredients and makes a healthy low-carb dinner on it’s own.

Everyone needs a basic recipe for plain chicken, and this oven baked chicken recipe is exactly that. Whenever I decided to make our favorite cranberry apple chicken salad or lemon chicken apple salad, I just throw a few chicken breasts on a baking sheet, and I have perfectly cooked chicken in less than 30 minutes.

It’s much easier than cutting up a whole chicken, especially since my picky eaters don’t like dark meat. I keep the seasonings super simple so that I can any leftover chicken in just about any recipe that calls for already cooked chicken. Makes dinner super easy!

Is Baked chicken healthy?

This is a healthy baked chicken recipe. It uses boneless skinless chicken breasts, a little bit of olive oil and simple seasonings. That’s all.

How do you bake chicken in the oven

Just add a little bit of olive oil to a baking sheet, and rub some of the oil over the chicken. I like to use foil to line the baking sheet for easy clean-up, but you don’t need to.

boneless skinless chicken breasts on a baking sheet

Season the chicken all over with sea salt, garlic powder and pepper. Then, sprinkle some herbes de Provence on the chicken, and bake it.

Herbes de Provence is one of my favorite seasoning blends because it gives chicken a light, fresh flavor, and it’s not overpowering. Add a couple of lemon slices, and you’ve got lemon chicken. If you can’t find it, Italian seasoning works well, too.

easy baked chicken breasts out of the oven on tray

How long do you bake chicken

Chicken needs to bake until the internal temperature of cooked chicken reaches 165 degrees. So, the cooking time will vary depending upon what type of chicken you’re using and what temperature you’re baking it at.  You can learn more about safe cooking times for meat and seafood on this food safety chart.

How long does it take to bake chicken at 425

Baked boneless skinless chicken breasts take about 15 to 20 minutes to reach the minimum safe internal temperature of 165 degrees. At this temperature, the chicken will still be juicy, and the juices should run clear.

If the chicken is extra large or thick, it may take 25 minutes to cook. For best results, use a good meat thermometer.

juicy baked chicken breasts on tray cut open

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Easy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts Recipe

5 from 6 votes

Easy Baked Chicken Breasts

By: Dee
This Easy Baked Chicken Breasts recipe is made with a few simple ingredients and takes 20 minutes in the oven. Use for salad, sandwiches or a light, healthy dinner!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 chicken breasts 2 pounds
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees
  • Pour olive oil on a rimmed baking sheet, and rub some over chicken
  • Season chicken with sea salt, garlic powder and pepper, and place chicken, evenly spaced on baking sheet 
  • Sprinkle herbes de Provence over chicken, and bake for 20 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 degrees, according to a meat thermometer
  • Cover, and allow to rest for about 5 minutes before slicing. Or, serve as is for a main dinner dish


Calories: 163kcal, Protein: 24g, Fat: 6g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 72mg, Sodium: 713mg, Potassium: 427mg, Vitamin A: 35IU, Vitamin C: 1.3mg, Calcium: 10mg, Iron: 0.7mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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  1. James says:

    Made these last night. Yummy! Also have plenty for leftover recipes.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      The more leftover chicken, the better! Thanks, James — glad you liked it! 🙂

  2. Kimberly says:

    Easy and tasty is just what I need for weeknight meals!

  3. Melanie Bauer says:

    Sounds so delish! Our family will definitely love it, so excited to make this!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Melanie! I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Jacquelyn Hastert says:

    Nothing gets much easier or tastier than this. The spices really make the chicken pop.5 stars

  5. Taylor says:

    So easy and yummy! Perfect for meal prep!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      This chicken is definitely perfect for meal prep! 🙂

  6. Catalina says:

    My family will love devour these minutes! These look fabulous!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Catalina. They are so easy to make. 🙂

  7. Chrissie Baker says:

    This recipe was awesome and so easy and fast. Husband loved it and I doubled the recipe so we will enjoy it again tomorrow. Thank you.5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      That’s wonderful, Chrissie! Thank you so much!