Baked Garlic and Oregano Chicken Breasts

Roasted Garlic and Oregano Chicken Breasts
Roasted Garlic and Oregano Chicken Breasts. Diana Rattray
    55 min
Ratings (11)

These easy baked bone-in chicken breasts make a delicious everyday meal, and they are less expensive and more flavorful than boneless. The chicken breasts are baked to perfection with garlic, herbs, and a little olive oil. This recipe can be made with whole chicken legs or bone-in chicken thighs as well.

With very little prep and only 35 to 45 minutes of cooking time, this oven-baked chicken is perfect for any night of the week. They make a great Sunday dinner as well. Or, bake the chicken and use it to top salads or use in casseroles, soups, or sandwiches.

What You'll Need

  • 4 bone-in chicken breast halves, with skin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, crushed and finely minced
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

How to Make It

  • Heat the oven to 450° F (230° C/Gas 8).

  • Spray a rimmed baking pan or jelly roll pan with nonstick cooking spray or lightly grease the pan with oil.

  • Blot excess moisture from the chicken breasts with paper towels.

  • Combine the olive oil, oregano, mashed minced garlic, salt, and cayenne and black peppers. Stir to make a paste; spread a little of the mixture under the skin of the chicken and the rest over the skin.

  • Arrange the chicken pieces in the prepared baking pan, skin side up.

  • Bake the chicken for 35 minutes, or until they register about 165° F (73.9° C) in the thickest part of the meat, not touching bone.

  • Serve these flavorful chicken breasts with baked, roasted, or mashed potatoes and broccoli, Brussels sprouts, greens, or your family's favorite vegetable side dishes. 

  • Serves 4.

  • *Chicken should be cooked to a temperature of at least 165° F (73.9° C).  Use a food thermometer designed for meat or poultry, and insert it into the thickest part of a piece of chicken, but not touching bone or thigh. If the chicken pieces are irregular in size, check a few of the chicken pieces to ensure doneness.  

  • Tips and Variations

    • A reliable food thermometer is an essential tool in any kitchen. A food thermometer will prevent undercooking, and it will also prevent overcooking. Chicken breasts become dry and tough when overcooked.
    • Butter and Garlic Roasted Chicken Breasts Use butter in place of the olive oil and omit the oregano and cayenne pepper.
    • If you have fresh oregano, use about 1 tablespoon chopped.
    • Use a variety of fresh and dried herbs on the chicken in this dish. Fresh snipped chives, dried thyme, sage, and basil are all good choices for chicken.
    • Replace the chicken breasts with whole chicken legs or chicken leg quarters. 
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