How to Bake Juicy Chicken Breast

By LeafTV Editor

It's no wonder chicken is a go-to protein for so many people: it's easy, healthy, and can be used in so many dishes. However chicken breasts are lean, therefore they can dry out really easily leaving you with a rubbery piece of meat. I have the perfect cooking method that will leave you with a juicy breast in under 30 minutes with little-to-no fuss involved. You never have to eat a piece of dry chicken ever again!

Oven Baked Chicken Breasts

Leigh Ann Chatagnier

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Feel free to substitute any vinegar. The key to this recipe is to tenderize the meat with the vinegar before cooking.

Ingredients for a Juicy Baked Chicken Breast

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Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Combine all the ingredients by whisking together and then pour the marinade over the chicken in a baking dish. Make sure both sides of the chicken are well-coated. Let marinate for 30 minutes (or up to 2 hours) in the refrigerator.

Marinated Chicken Breasts

Step 2

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Step 3

Place the chicken breasts in the oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes until cooked through. Internal temperature of the chicken should read 180 degrees Fahrenheit with a meat thermometer.

Baked Chicken Breasts

Step 4

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Step 5

Remove the chicken from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve immediately.

Juicy Chicken Breasts

Step 6

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Juicy Baked Chicken Breasts

Step 7

Leigh Ann Chatagnier I love this recipe because it's a simple method where you can play around with flavors depending on your mood. It takes under 30 minutes to have a healthy meal on the table and anyone can do it! The best part is, you're guaranteed to have juicy chicken breasts every time.