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How to Bake Chicken Breast

If you’ve ever had dry, tough chicken breast, you might be wondering what’s the secret to bake a delicious, juicy chicken breast.

The answer is…don’t overcook it! Chicken needs to be cooked until the internal temperature reaches 165°F.

Once the temperature reaches beyond that, dryness sets in. Since the size of chicken breasts varies, you’ll want to use an instant-read thermometer for accurate results.

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Is There a Difference Between Baking Chicken Breast and Roasting It?

Originally, roasting referred to cooking food over a fire. Nowadays, we roast chicken by cooking it in the oven at a high temperature, usually 400°F or more.

Baking chicken breasts usually involves cooking them in an oven heated no higher than 375°F. It takes longer than roasting it at a higher temperature.

Many people use the terms “baking” and “roasting” interchangeably, however. So, in this article, we’ll talk about how to bake chicken breast at various temperatures.

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How to Bake Chicken Breast

One of the simplest ways to cook chicken breasts is to bake them uncovered at 400°F, for 25-30 minutes if they’re thick, or 15-20 minutes if they’re thin. The chicken is done when it’s no longer pink inside and registers 165°F.

The high temperature seals in the juices. Let the chicken rest for a few minutes before slicing it.

Try this Garlic Baked Chicken recipe. Store leftover chicken breasts in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

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How to Cook Healthy Chicken Breast in the Oven

Chicken breast meat is lean, but you can decrease the fat even further by using skinless breasts. Look for boneless, skinless chicken breasts at the store.

Another way to make a healthy chicken breast meal is to skip fattening sauces. Rub your chicken breast with olive oil on both sides, add seasoning and bake it in the oven, just until it’s done.

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Do you Need to Rinse Raw Chicken Breasts?

Nowadays, it’s no longer recommended to rinse chicken before cooking it. The reasoning is that you’ll end up splashing harmful bacteria around your kitchen sink.

The hot oven will kill any bacteria anyway.

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How Long to Bake Chicken Breast at 350°F

Baking chicken breast at 350°F will take at least 30 minutes. Thicker pieces may require 40-45 minutes.

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How Long to Bake Chicken Breast at 375°F

If you have thick chicken breasts, bake them at 375°F for 35-40 minutes. You’ll need less time for thin ones.

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Chicken Breast Recipes

You’ve got so many options with chicken breasts. Here are some ideas for Baked Chicken Seasonings –  or try out these great recipes!

Enjoy!