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Perfect Baked Chicken Breast

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to bake chicken breast
Servings: 4
Calories: 358 kcal
Author: Sandy Clifton

  • 1/4 cup Salt
  • 6 cups Water
  • 4 Chicken Breasts (skinless/boneless)
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • Spice Rub
  • 1 tsp Coarse Salt (or 3/4 tsp table salt)
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Onion Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 3/4 tsp Smoked Paprika (or sweet paprika)
  1. Before you begin, check the packaging to see if your chicken breasts are treated with salt water. 
  2. If not, dissolve the 1/4 cup of salt in 6 cups of warm water (not too hot) in a large bowl. Add the chicken breasts and let them soak for 20-30 minutes. Then rinse them in cold water and pat dry with paper towels.
  3. While the chicken is brining, mix the spices together in a small bowl and set aside.
  4. Set your oven to 425°.
  5. Rub the chicken with the olive oil and then rub with the spice mixture on both sides.
  6. Bake uncovered for 15-20* minutes Depending on size of breasts), or until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink. If you use a meat thermometer to measure the temperature thickest part of the breast, it should be between 160-170°F. (The FDA recommends 165°F.) Don't let it overcook!
  7. Let the chicken rest about 5-10 minutes, loosely covered, before serving, and it will be juicy and moist.
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