How to Bake Juicy Chicken Breast

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It's no wonder chicken is a go-to protein for so many people: it's easy, healthy, and can be used in so many dishes. However chicken breasts are lean, therefore they can dry out really easily leaving you with a rubbery piece of meat. I have the perfect cooking method that will leave you with a juicy breast in under 30 minutes with little-to-no fuss involved. You never have to eat a piece of dry chicken ever again!

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Things You'll Need

  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)

Tip

  • Feel free to substitute any vinegar. The key to this recipe is to tenderize the meat with the vinegar before cooking.

(Image: Leigh Ann Chatagnier)

Step 1: Marinate the Chicken

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

Combine all the ingredients by whisking together and then pour the marinade over the chicken in a baking dish. Make sure both sides of the chicken are well-coated. Let marinate for 30 minutes (or up to 2 hours) in the refrigerator.

(Image: Leigh Ann Chatagnier)

Step 2: Bake the Chicken

Place the chicken breasts in the oven and cook for 20 to 25 minutes until the chicken is cooked through.

Tip

  • Internal temperature of the chicken should read 180 degrees with a meat thermometer.

(Image: Leigh Ann Chatagnier)

Step 3: Let the Chicken Rest Before Serving

Remove the chicken from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes.

Sprinkle with chopped parsley, and serve immediately.

(Image: Leigh Ann Chatagnier)
(Image: Leigh Ann Chatagnier)

I love this recipe because it's a simple method where you can play around with flavors depending on your mood. It takes under 30 minutes to have a healthy meal on the table and anyone can do it! The best part is, you are guaranteed to have juicy chicken breasts every time.

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