How to Bake a Plain Chicken Breast

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.

Baked boneless, skinless chicken breasts with lemon slices. (Image: Azurita/iStock/Getty Images)

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Spray cooking spray on a small, rimmed baking sheet to prevent the chicken sticking to the pan.

Step 3

Sprinkle the chicken breast with salt and pepper, if you'd like.

Step 4

Place the chicken breast in the oiled pan.

Step 5

Drizzle enough chicken broth or water into the pan around the chicken breast to coat the bottom of the pan.

Step 6

Slide the baking sheet into the oven and cook for 30 minutes.

Step 7

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

  • Cooking spray

  • Small, rimmed baking sheet

  • Salt (optional)

  • Pepper (optional)

  • Chicken broth or water

  • Meat thermometer


Use a thermometer to ensure the chicken is cooked to a safe internal temperature that reduces the risk of food borne illness.

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