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Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts: The Easiest and Most Flavorful Way to Cook Chicken


 
Hey there, fellow home chef! Are you craving something juicy and flavorful for dinner tonight? Why not try your hand at making these Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts? It's a simple recipe that delivers on taste without too much hassle. Plus, the great thing about baking chicken is that it can be both healthy and comforting. So, let's get started on this easy-to-follow recipe that'll make your chicken come out perfect every time!

Ingredients for Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts:

For the Brine:

  • 4 boneless and skinless chicken breasts (about 1 pound)
  • 4 cups warm water (between 90 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit)
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

For the Chicken Seasoning:

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika (smoked or sweet)
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley

For Garnishing:

  • Fresh chopped parsley

Step-by-Step Cooking Instructions:

  1. Start by preheating your oven to a toasty 425°F (220°C).

  2. Grab a large bowl and place the chicken breasts inside, setting it aside for the moment.

  3. Mix the warm water and the 1/4 cup of salt in a large measuring cup or another bowl. Stir until the salt dissolves and then pour this brine over the chicken breasts. Let them sit for 20 to 30 minutes; if you've got more time, go ahead and pop it into the fridge for up to 2 hours.

  4. While the chicken is soaking up the flavors, it's time to whip up your Chicken Seasoning. Mix the additional 1/4 teaspoon of salt (if you're using it), pepper, paprika, chili pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, and dried herbs in a small bowl. Mix it all up with a fork or small whisk until it's well combined.

  5. Once the brining time is up, drain the salty water and rinse each chicken breast under cold water. Then grab some paper towels and pat them dry thoroughly.

  6. Lay the chicken breasts out on a baking sheet and brush each with olive oil.

  7. Time to add some spice—sprinkle your homemade seasoning mix over the chicken breasts. Feel free to coat them as much as you like, no need to use all of it if it seems too much.

  8. Slide your tray into the oven and let the chicken cook for about 22 to 25 minutes. You'll want to see an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C) to ensure it's fully cooked; thinner cuts will cook faster, so adjust the time as needed.

  9. For an extra touch of crispness, switch to broil mode in the last 4 minutes to get a lovely golden brown on top.

  10. Once done, take the tray out, and let the chicken rest on a serving plate for about 10 minutes. This helps keep all those tasty juices locked in.

  11. Finally, sprinkle some fresh chopped parsley for garnish, and voilà—your Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts are ready to be devoured!

Pair it with your favorite veggies or a simple salad, and you've got a wholesome, delicious meal. Enjoy every tender, savory bite!

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