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)


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

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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.

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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.


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

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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 Credit: Leigh Ann Chatagnier
Image Credit: 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.