Herb-Crusted Baked Chicken Breasts

Baked Chicken Breasts are a succulent, versatile, and healthy option for any meal. Their tender, juicy texture, coupled with a golden, crispy exterior, creates a delightful symphony of flavors. Perfect for pairing with a wide array of sides, these protein-packed morsels can be seasoned with a variety of herbs, spices, and marinades to suit any palate. As they bake in the oven, the inviting aroma wafts through the kitchen, enticing taste buds and promising a satisfying culinary experience. Baked Chicken Breasts are not only a crowd-pleaser, but a staple for any home cook’s repertoire.

Recipe for Baked Chicken Breasts

Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Cooking Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4

Ingredients:

  • Four deboned, skin-removed chicken breast pieces (roughly 1.5 lbs in total)
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry rosemary
  • Season with sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper, as desired.

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C). Prepare a baking sheet with a layer of parchment paper or lightly oil a baking dish.
  2. Combine granulated garlic, granulated onion, smoked paprika, dry oregano, dry rosemary, salt, and black pepper in a small mixing bowl.
  3. Use paper towels to pat the chicken breasts dry. Proceed to brush each chicken breast with extra virgin olive oil on both sides.
  4. Sprinkle the herb mixture evenly on both sides of each chicken breast, gently pressing the herbs into the meat to help them stick.
  5. Arrange the seasoned chicken breasts on the prepared baking sheet or baking dish, ensuring they’re not touching each other.
  6. Bake the chicken breasts in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until a meat thermometer registers an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
  7. Remove the chicken breasts from the oven and allow them to rest for 5 minutes, letting the juices redistribute for a more tender and moist result.
  8. Serve your Oven-Roasted Herb Chicken with your choice of accompaniments, such as a vibrant green salad, sautéed vegetables, or fluffy quinoa. Bon appétit!

Nutrition Facts (per serving):

  • Calories: 290 kcal
  • Protein: 46 g
  • Fat: 11 g
  • Carbohydrates: 3 g
  • Sodium: 510 mg