Ever had dry, bland chicken breasts? I have certainly had my share of dry chicken breasts and after doing a bit of tinkering, I've finally found the key to making a moist chicken breast. The secret lies in how you flavour and prepare the chicken. Unlike chicken thighs and chicken wings, there is no fat or skin to provide flavor, by adding additional flavours moisture is sealed in and creates a tender and moist cut of meat.
Oven-baked chicken breasts are easy to make. This recipe features a few extra steps that ensure the chicken breasts are juicy and tender. The best part is this chicken breast can even be substituted in other recipes like tacos, pastas, or casseroles that call for boiled chicken breast.
Tips to Keep Chicken Breast from Drying Out
There is nothing worse than dry chicken breast. Luckily there are a few techniques I have developed to prevent chicken breast from drying out. Follow these 5 tips to make a juicy and tender chicken breast every time.
Brine The Chicken Breast
Brining chicken breast is a necessary step. Brining adds an extra level of protection and flavour. Brining chicken breast is easy and the whole process takes about 15 minutes. Brining chicken in lukewarm water can also help the chicken breast to come to room temperature which will help it to cook evenly.
To brine chicken breast, fill a large bowl with lukewarm water, add kosher salt and stir until the salt crystals dissolve. Additionally, you can also pop a few garlic cloves or peppercorns into your brine for extra flavour. Add the chicken breast and let sit in the saltwater solution for 15 minutes, if you want to brine your chicken in advance, cover the chicken and refrigerate it. Do not exceed 6 hours.
When you are ready to cook the chicken, remove it from the brine and wash the chicken with cold water to wash away the excess salt. Dry the chicken with paper towels and you are ready to move onto the next step.
Brush the Chicken with Melted Butter
Coating your chicken with a layer of fat will seal in the moisture, add more flavour, give the chicken a rich golden crust, as well as help the seasonings to adhere to the chicken. This is also a neat trick to utilize when making stuffed chicken as it keeps the chicken from drying out.
Generously brush both sides of the chicken breasts with melted butter. This will keep the chicken from sticking to the baking pan and help the seasoning to cling to the surface of the chicken. After coating the chicken with butter, lay the chicken breast in a large roasting pan.
Seasoning the Chicken
Salt and pepper will make a sub-par chicken breast. If you want an oven-baked chicken breast that will wow your friends and family add a few extra spices to upgrade your chicken breast.
Chicken breast is a blank canvas that mirrors the flavours added to it. Even if you are preparing a recipe that asks for chicken breast, use a simple seasoning mix to turn up the flavour. Salt, paprika, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and Cajun seasoning make a great seasoning blend for chicken.
Roast the Chicken
The most frequently asked questions when roasting chicken are how long to bake chicken breast and what temperature should chicken breast be baked?
Chicken breasts should be roasted quickly using high heat. According to the thickness of the breast roast the chicken breast at 450 for 15-18 minutes. Baking chicken breast at this temperature will allow a beautiful crispy crust to form on the exterior of the chicken breast. The interior of the chicken will be juicy and tender. Use a thermometer to test the doneness of your chicken. Do not cut the chicken breast or poke holes into it with a fork. All of the juices you worked hard to preserve will be lost.
Let the Chicken Rest
Letting the meat rest is a universal rule. Whether you are cooking, beef, pork, lamb, or chicken resting the meat is highly important. Cutting into chicken breasts immediately after cooking will result in a less tender chicken and cause all of those lovely juices to be lost.
Cover the chicken breast with foil and let it rest for 10 minutes. This will let the chicken continue to cook and allow the juices to be redistributed into the meat
Juicy Oven Baked Chicken Breasts
This simple recipe will provide you with juicy tender and succulent chicken breast every time. Say so long to dry chicken with these flavourful chicken breasts.
Prep time: 20 minutes | Cook time: 15 minutes | Total time: 35 minutes | Servings: 4
Calories: 237 kcals
- 1/4 cup salt
- 1-quart water
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 4 Tablespoon melted butter or olive oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon freshly-cracked black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
- Fill a large bowl with one quart of lukewarm water. Stir in 1/4 cup of salt and stir till the salt crystals dissolve. Add the chicken breast to the brine and let it sit for 15 minutes.
- Remove the chicken breast from the brine. Using cold water rinse the chicken to remove salt from the chicken. Use paper towels to pat the chicken breast dry.
- Preheat the oven to 450°F. Place the chicken into a large roasting pan. Brush both sides of the chicken with melted butter.
- In a small bowl add the salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, and Cajun seasoning. Whisk to combine. Generously sprinkle a layer of seasoning on both sides of the chicken.
- Bake the chicken for 15-18 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 ℉. When the chicken is completed cooking, remove the baking dish from the oven. Place the chicken on a clean plate. Loosely cover the chicken with fill and let rest for 10 minutes.
- Serve the chicken alongside your preferred sides and enjoy!
Calories: 237kcal | Carbohydrates: 5.2g | Protein: 22.2g | Fat: 14.3g | Saturated Fat: 7.4g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 478mg | Sugar: 0.3g | Vitamin D: 8mcg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 3mg
Making juicy chicken breast is easy. Brine the chicken then brush it with butter. Turn up the flavour with your favourite seasoning blend. Roast the chicken and don't forget to let it rest and you will have a tender and juicy chicken breast.