Baking a plain chicken breast is an easy way to cook up a simple centerpiece for any meal. You can eat a plain baked chicken breast on its own, or shred the meat to use in soups or chicken salad. Choosing a boneless, skinless chicken breast for baking cuts down on the cooking time, which is longer for cooking a bone-in, skin-on breast. You'll also cut back on your intake of fat and calories by choosing skinless chicken.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
Spray cooking spray on a small, rimmed baking sheet to prevent the chicken sticking to the pan.
Sprinkle the chicken breast with salt and pepper, if you'd like.
Place the chicken breast in the oiled pan.
Drizzle enough chicken broth or water into the pan around the chicken breast to coat the bottom of the pan.
Slide the baking sheet into the oven and cook for 30 minutes.
Use an internal meat thermometer to check the temperature of the chicken. Remove the chicken from the oven when the temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Things You'll Need
Small, rimmed baking sheet
Chicken broth or water
Use a thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked to a safe internal temperature that reduces the risk of food borne illness.