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Perfect Baked Chicken Breast (juicy + flavorful)

Perfect baked chicken breast- a no fail method for perfect juicy chicken breast each and every time! Rubbed with the most delicious seasoning and baked to perfection, this is a crowd pleaser recipe.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Resting Time10 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 8
Calories: 157kcal

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts see note 1
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Rub

  • 4 teaspoons paprika
  • 4 teaspoons brown sugar see note 2
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  • Heat oven to 450°F.
  • Toss or brush chicken with olive oil.
  • Stir together the rub and sprinkle over chicken breasts. Turn chicken breasts until completely coated in rub.
  • Place on sturdy baking sheet, leaving 1-2 inches between the chicken breasts.
  • Bake for 10 minutes. Flip and return to the oven. Bake chicken for total time according to size of chicken breast: 
    5 oz (12-15 min) 
    7 oz (15-20 min) 
    10 oz (20-25 min)
    or until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.
  • Remove from oven and cover with a baking dish for 5-10 minutes.
  • Remove baking dish and transfer to a cutting board. Cut against the grain and serve.

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Notes

1- I advise weighing your chicken breasts so that you can cook them as precisely as possible; the average grocery store chicken breast weighs 7 oz, small ones are around 5 oz and large ones weigh as much as 10 oz.
2- this rub is still really tasty without the sugar
Storage
Store in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days; chicken breast stays moist for longer if you wait until it's completely cool before slicing.
You can freeze cooked chicken breast for up to 3 months, though it will have the best flavor if thawed within one month.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 chicken breast | Calories: 157kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 423mg | Potassium: 445mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 525IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.6mg