Oven-Baked Chicken Breast – Juicy and Simple

Oven-baking chicken breast is super easy and foolproof. This recipe skips the frying, ensuring your chicken breast comes out juicy and tender, straight from the oven.

by | Dec 19, 2023

Juicy Oven-Baked Chicken Breast

You can easily whip up my juicy oven-baked chicken breast. The zesty marinade with oil makes the chicken super tender without needing to fry it first. Perfect if you’re on the hunt for a delicious yet simple chicken recipe.
Oven-Baked Chicken Breast - Juicy and Simple

Why You’ll Love This Oven-Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

  • Easy & Quick: No frying necessary, just marinate and pop it in the oven.
  • Zesty Marinade: A blend of paprika, garlic powder, and curry powder creates an irresistibly aromatic flavor.
  • Versatile: Great as a side with salads, potatoes, rice, veggies, or in a sandwich.
  • Protein-Packed: Chicken breast is naturally low-fat and contains over 20g of protein.
  • Meal Prep Magic: Ideal for prepping meals for the week, tastes amazing even reheated.

Ingredients for Tender Oven-Baked Chicken Breast

For this no-fry, zesty oven chicken, you’ll need these simple ingredients:
  • Chicken breast fillets
  • Oil
  • Salt
  • Sweet/Spicy Paprika
  • Garlic Powder
  • Curry Powder

Pro Tip: Rosemary, thyme, or oregano also taste great and fit perfectly into the marinade.

What Goes Well with Oven-Baked Chicken Breast?

  • Veggies like a colorful stir-fry or roasted vegetables
  • Potato sides like au gratin or classic potato salad
  • Salads like filling orzo salad or refreshing cucumber salad

Tips for Perfect Oven-Baked Chicken Breast

Preparation: Pat the chicken breast dry with paper towels and lay it raw in the baking dish. Thorough marinating is key – ensure the fillets are well-coated all around.

Oven Prep: Preheat the oven well before adding the chicken. This ensures even and effective cooking.

Baking Time and Temperature Control: Bake the chicken breast at 350°F (180°C) using convection. Depending on the fillet size, baking time varies between 20 – 25 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to check the ideal internal temperature of 165 – 175°F (75 – 80°C) at the thickest part of the breast.

Important Resting Time: After baking, give the chicken a brief rest to let the juices distribute evenly, making it extra juicy and tender.

Note: Overcooking makes chicken tough, even if it still looks juicy. So, investing in a durable meat thermometer is a smart move. I recommend a good probe thermometer.

Oven-Baked Chicken Breast

Oven-baked chicken breast is super easy to make. This recipe requires no searing, and the chicken breast turns out juicy and tender in the oven.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 3


  • Casserole dish or deep baking sheet
  • Meat thermometer


  • 1.3 lbs (approx. 600 g) chicken breast fillets - about 2 to 3 pieces
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon salt - to taste
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon hot paprika powder or cayenne pepper
  • A pinch of curry powder


  • Pat the chicken breast dry with a paper towel, but do not wash it.
  • Mix oil and spices to form a marinade. Place the chicken breast fillets in a baking dish and rub them all over with the marinade.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F (180°C) with a fan setting (convection mode) and bake for about 20-25 minutes. The exact cooking time may vary depending on the size of the chicken breasts and your oven.
    Note: The chicken is done when the juices run clear. The thickest part should show a whitish, fibrous texture. For accuracy, use a meat thermometer; the chicken should reach an internal temperature of 165°F - 175°F (75°C - 80°C) at its thickest part.
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