Oven baked chicken breast is coated in a simple, but complex flavorful seasoning mixture, baked to tender and moist perfection in less than 20 minutes! It's a foolproof, delicious weeknight dinner go-to that will never let you down.
1teaspoonkosher salt(cut back to 1/2 teaspoon if using table salt)
1tablespoonextra-virgin olive oil
chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
roasted vegetable and rice pilaf, for serving (or choose your favorites!)
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with foil.
Using a meat mallet or rolling pin, pound each chicken breast to a little more than 3/4-inch at the thickest part. (Make sure your fillets are all the same thickness to ensure even cooking.)
In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, Italian seasoning, kosher salt, smoked paprika, pepper, and garlic powder until thoroughly combined.
Place chicken on the foil; drizzle with the olive oil and massage into the chicken on both sides. Sprinkle with the seasoning, on both sides, coating as much surface area as possible.
Transfer to the oven and cook for about 18 minutes or until an instant read thermometer reads 165 degrees F. (Times can vary depending on the size and thickness of the breasts and your oven. I usually pull the chicken out of the oven when it reaches 162 degrees, then allow it to climb to 165 as it rests on the pan.)
You want to allow the chicken to rest for about 5 minutes before slicing to lock in the juices.
Serve with your favorite sides and enjoy! (Side suggestions, listed in the article.)
For helpful recipe tips, please refer to the full article and watch the video.
Nutritional information given is an automatic calculation and can vary based on the exact products you use and any changes you make to the recipe. If these numbers are very important to you, I would recommend calculating them yourself.
Course: Main Course
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