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Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breast

  • Author: chefjar
  • Total Time: 27 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a juicy oven baked chicken breast. The tender white flesh, steam pouring out of it after you make the first cut… your mouth starts to water just writing about it!


  • 4 large chicken breasts ( 8 oz| 225 g each)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano or parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, or to taste
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional

Garlic Butter Sauce ( Optional)

  • 3-4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped or minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped parsley


  • Preheat your oven to 425° F| 220°C. Line a large baking pan with parchment paper.
  • Pat dry and pound each chicken breast to 1-inch| 2.5 cm at the thickest part, using a rolling pin or a meat mallet. This helps to achieve the same thickness for even cooking. Transfer the chicken to the prepared pan and drizzle with olive oil.
  • In a small bowl combine the brown sugar, paprika, dried oregano, onion and garlic powders, black pepper, cayenne pepper, salt and liquid smoke.
  • Rub the seasoning all over the chicken to coat evenly.
  • Bake chicken breasts in the preheated oven for 16-18 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165° F (75°C)
  • For the charred edges, remove parchment paper and broil ( grill) during the last 2-3 minutes of cooking on high heat. 
  • Remove from the oven and allow to rest for 5-10 minutes before serving.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium skillet. Add the chopped garlic and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the chopped parsley and remove immediately from the heat.
  • Pour the butter garlic sauce into the pan juices.
  • Garnish chicken with chopped parsley and serve with pan juices. Enjoy!
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 17
  • Category: Chicken recipes
  • Cuisine: American


  • Calories: 231.17kcal
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 612mg
  • Fat: 19g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 5g
  • Fiber: 0.8g
  • Protein: 9g
  • Cholesterol: 48mg

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