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Easy Baked Chicken Breast Recipe - Only 3 Ingredients!

Updated on July 13, 2011

My Favorite Easy Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

Chicken is probably what we eat at our house the most often for supper. It can be made every day of the week, and still taste completely different every time. Over the many years I've been cooking, I've collected and tried many baked chicken recipes.

Despite having literally thousands of them, I always seem to go back to a few tried and true baked chicken recipes. Below is one of my favorite chicken recipes for the oven, and also the easiest. This is one of those invaluable recipes that you can put together at any time because usually you already have everything you need to make it.

The beauty of this baked chicken breast recipe is in its simplicity. Sometimes the easiest recipes are really the best. This is a great recipe if you're really tired or short on time.

It only requires 3 ingredients, although sometimes I add different herbs and seasonings, just because. It's ridiculously simple to make, with virtually no preparation. And once it's in the oven, all that is left to do is wait.

The final result never fails to disappoint- delicious, moist, home baked chicken with crispy skin. Shred any leftovers and use it in salads, fajitas, in chicken salad, whatever you want.

Baked Chicken Breast Recipe Instructions

Ingredients for Baked Chicken Breast (Serves 4)

  • 4 split chicken breasts (not boneless or skinless)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil or melted butter (don't use margarine, if you want the best taste) + extra to coat the baking pan
  • Seasoned salt, to taste (I use about 1 teaspoon)

Rinse the chicken breasts well under cold water and lightly pat dry.

Coat a baking pan with olive oil or butter, (not the melted butter), and add the chicken breasts.

Use a basting brush to brush on the olive oil or melted butter. Coat the chicken well. If you don't have a basting brush, you can try carefully pouring the olive oil or butter over the chicken. When I'm really lazy or in a hurry, I just cut a pat of butter for each chicken breast and place a pat on top of each one.

Season the chicken breasts with the seasoning salt and any other seasonings you prefer. But you will be surprised at how good it is with just the butter and salt.

Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour in a preheated 350 degrees Fahrenheit oven til done. Watch it carefully after the 45 minute mark, so that it doesn't get dried out and overcooked. It will be done when juices are clear if poked with a fork.

For health reasons, it's best to use olive oil instead of butter. And it's really good! But butter does taste better, in my opinion, for this particular baked chicken breast recipe. Some recommended additional seasonings if you like to experiment are: rosemary, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, thyme, sage, or paprika in any combination.

You can use skinless, boneless chicken breasts if you like. Cut the cooking time down to about 30-45 minutes. Also, they probably won't be as moist. And they won't have that delicious, crispy skin!

Some recommended side dishes that go well with this baked chicken breast recipe are mashed potatoes, potato salad, rice pilaf, macaroni salad, and green salads. This is perfect for a comfort food meal.

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      6 years ago

      Can you do this recipe even without the skin?

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      Lynn Strukel 

      6 years ago

      I just bought a pkg. of 4 split chicken breast and this recipe sound's soo easy.Thank's for sharing :)

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      6 years ago

      Made tonight for me and my husband...very good, we both liked. I did use butter and seasoned salt only. Also, use boneless/skinless breasts to keep it healthier. Will make again!

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      Susan Keeping 

      6 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      I'm going to try this. I have spilt chicken breast that I am going to have for my Christmas dinner. It sound like a recipe no one can mess up :)

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      Thelma Alberts 

      7 years ago from Germany

      Wow! I´ll try this one, too. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      Made this for dinner lastnite and WOW what a big hit and it was so easy!:)

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      7 years ago

      I do a similar thing with the chicken drumsticks except sometimes I spinkle on some of the asian barbaque seasoning too. Yum!

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      7 years ago

      it was really very nice thank u for sharing this wonderful recipe but i don't know why the butter started to burn in the end.

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      8 years ago from USA

      I think simple is delicious, thanks for the reminders to keep it simple when making a lovely meal!

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      Angela Harris 

      8 years ago from Around the USA

      Thank you for the compliment, Maria. Glad you enjoyed the recipe.

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      8 years ago

      I just used this recipe and it was so simple!!!! What I loved is how it's not over seasoned or bland, it's perfect!!!!!

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      8 years ago from Orpington, UK

      Sounds great, and really easy too. Thanks for sharing.


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