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Easy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe (Grill Option)

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A delicious and simple oven-baked chicken breast recipe that’s versatile and perfect for any weeknight or as part of meal prep. Also, excellent on the grill!

It’s a rainy Tuesday. As I start my drive to work, rain gently tapping on the windshield, I catch a glimpse of the train on the near-by tracks. As my drive continues, traffic comes to a stop for what would be nearly an hour. It’s generally during those times that a mix of frustration and desperation give way to daydreaming. 

I think about the train I’d passed earlier…

When I was living in Romania we didn’t have a car. No one in my family owned one as there was really no point. Living in a big city, you have everything you need at your finger tips and if you want to travel, you hop on a train. 

It was the day we were leaving for our beach vacation. I distinctly remember standing in the train station, holding my parents hands, squinting into the rising sun as train grew larger and larger in my field of vision. As it came to a halt with the usual train fanfare, I closed my eyes, taking in the sound and smell. Heart pounding with anticipation, I climb on. Large brown leather seats and a big window…our own private cabin! I always liked to face in the direction the train traveled and my parents never argued. 

As the train starts moving, everything up close becomes a blur but out in the distance and the world is crystal clear, slowly gliding by. Life moves just a bit slower when you zoom out a little bit. 

It was a relatively long train ride – maybe 3.5-4 hours. My mom packed lunch since she didn’t want a famished child on her hands. One of the things she most often made for our travels were chicken sandwiches on freshly baked bread with loads of vegetables on the side. The chicken was always moist and perfectly seasoned. 

In my adult years I’ve made her baked chicken a bazillion times. It’s one that’s a staple part of my meal prep. In the summer time, I generally throw it on the grill but in the colder months when I don’t feel like going outside, I simply use the oven. While this recipe calls for herbs and spices, turmeric and ginger are new arrivals and were implemented when we moved to the US.

So now let’s talk a bit about this delicious and easy oven baked chicken!

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

  • It’s super easy to make
  • Flavorful
  • Healthy and filling
  • Excellent as a main dish, part of meal prep, on salads, and more
  • It’s paleo, keto, and whole 30 approved
  • It’s low FODMAP
  • Can easily be made on the grill in the summertime

Ingredients Needed

  • Organic chicken breasts
  • Oive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Ground paprika
  • Ground turmeric
  • Dried thyme
  • Ground Ginger
  • Garlic powder (omit for low-fodmap)
  • Water or chicken broth (skip for grilling)

Making Oven Baked Chicken Breast

Step 1. Combine all ingredients aside from chicken and broth in a container or bag and mix well. Add chicken and let marinade for at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours in the refrigerator. 

Step 2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Add broth and chicken along with marinade to baking dish and cover with foil.

Step 3. Bake for 35-40 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken breast. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

Step 4. Make sure you reserve the juices as they will keep the chicken from drying out. Store chicken and juices in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.  

Grill Option

Follow step 1 and once ready to grill, preheat grill on medium. Grill chicken on 5-6 minutes per side until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Let chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting it.

FAQs + Top Tips

How Long Should You Marinate The Chicken?

In a perfect world, I like to marinate the chicken overnight but that hardly ever happens unless I’m really organized. So if you don’t have a lot of time to work with 1-2 hours would suffice. If you are absolutely strapped for time, 30 minutes will be okay.

What Baking Dish Should You Use?

I like using a Pyrex oven-safe baking dish but ceramic will also work. I would stay away from metal dishes as those may dry the chicken out. Temperature is distributed differently in metal vs. glass/ceramic.

Can You Store Leftover Chicken?

Absolutely! It stores well for several days in an airtight container in the refrigerator. If you plan to reheat it, the best option is in the oven. Slicing it in advance and storing the slices is also great for an easy grab.

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Easy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe (Grill Option)

Easy Oven Baked Chicken Breast Recipe (Grill Option)

Yield: 6
Delicious and simple oven-baked chicken breast that’s versatile and perfect for any weeknight or as part of meal prep. It’s also wonderful on the grill!

Ingredients

Instructions

1. Combine all ingredients aside from chicken and broth in a container or bag and mix well. Add chicken and let marinate for at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours in the refrigerator. 

2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Add broth and chicken along with marinade to a baking dish and cover with foil.

3. Bake for 35-40 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken breast. Remove from oven and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting.

4. Make sure you reserve the juices as they will keep the chicken from drying out. Store chicken and juices in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.  

* Grill option in notes

Notes

Grill Option

Follow step 1 and once ready to grill, preheat grill on medium. Grill chicken on 5-6 minutes per side until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.

Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before cutting it.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 273Total Fat: 13gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 433mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 36g

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5 Comments

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    July 6, 2018 at 6:33 am

    Wowww!! Fantastic recipe.It looks like really yummy and easy. Loved reading the blog. thank you for sharing the awesome recipe.I am going to try this. Loved and excited in reading the recipe. It looks soo tasty and delicious.I would have missed the lovely if I didn’t find your site.So keep on sharing hope to see more from you.

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    linda spiker
    July 19, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    These are stunning! Prettiest chicken breasts I have ever seen. Loved the story too.

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      Daniela Modesto
      February 28, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      Thank you so so much, Linda!

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    Raia
    July 19, 2018 at 2:56 pm

    Great tip! I’m definitely trying it next time I make chicken.

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    Shelby
    July 19, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    Marinating the chicken definitely makes a difference! Comes out so much more moist every time

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