Sometimes you just don't feel like cooking, but you have to eat. Going to a drive-through restaurant, or having pizza delivered, or stopping at a take-out place just doesn't cut it most days. So I decided to collect some easy baked chicken breast recipes for days like this.
There's really not an easier way to prepare boneless, skinless chicken breasts than to just throw them in the oven and bake. Yes, you do have to coat the chicken in something, or marinate it first, but these recipes are super quick and easy.
An instant read meat thermometer is your best tool when cooking chicken this way. All chicken breasts are going to be different in size and thickness, so you need to test the final internal temperature before serving them. When the chicken registers 160 degrees F, take it out of the oven. The chicken will continue to cook for a few minutes, bringing the final temperature to 165 degrees F. The chicken will be done, but still juicy and tender at this temperature.
When baking chicken that is coated in crumbs or cereal, I like to put it on a wire rack on a shallow pan in the oven. That way, the chicken will be crisp on both sides. If, however, the chicken is baked in butter, it needs to stay in the butter. Don't use a rack in that case.
Enjoy these easy recipes for baked chicken.
Baked Chicken Breast Recipes
- Parmesan Chicken
Well, this is the most popular recipe on my site. Chicken is dipped into a mixture of mustard, apple juice, and butter, then coated with bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, ground almonds, and butter, then baked. You'll love it too!
- Baked Curried Chicken Breasts
A simple onion and garlic sauce, seasoned with lots of curry powder and coconut milk, bathes chicken breasts so they bake up tender and juicy. Serve this recipe with lots of hot cooked rice.
- Baked Fried Chicken
This chicken, from my book Everything No Trans Fat Cookbook, is moist and juicy, with a slightly crisp crust made from flour, dry milk, and butter. It's a great easy way to make 'fried' chicken in a jiffy.
- Baked Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts
Honey, mustard, and butter combine to make a delicious sauce on tender chicken breasts. This baked chicken breast recipe is really foolproof.
- Honey Nut Chicken
Crushed cornflakes and salted nuts coat chicken that has been dipped in a honey/butter mixture. You won't believe how delicious and easy this recipe is.
- Crispy Ranch Chicken
Dried bread crumbs and ranch dressing make a crisp coating on sour cream-drenched chicken breasts in this super easy recipe. Yum.
- Fake Shake-n-Bake Chicken
Corn flake crumbs, wheat germ, sesame seeds, and flour combine to form a crisp coating on this homemade mix. Save money and reduce the chemicals in your diet when you make your own homemade mixes.
- Crispy Chicken
This chicken recipe can be baked in the oven, cooked on the stovetop, or cooked in a dual contact grill. It's flavored with lots of herbs and is delicious. And crispy!
- Herbed Mustard Chicken
Dijon mustard and Italian salad dressing combine for a flavorful coating that holds herbed bread crumbs onto chicken breasts. This is a great baked chicken breast recipe to serve with roasted green beans and scalloped potatoes.
- Cheese Stuffed Chicken
Stuff chicken with a mixture of feta cheese and herbs, then bake it in an olive and tomato sauce. This one would be delicious served with couscous.
- Baked Apricot Chicken
This four ingredient recipe is so easy. Just marinate chicken with three other ingredients, then pour everything into a pan and bake it. The only thing easier would be living off cold cereal.
- Saucy Chicken
Another four ingredient recipe! Chicken is baked in just 40 minutes in a mixture of salsa, mustard, and brown sugar.
- Baked Lemon Chicken
This is pure baked chicken with an intense lemon flavor. This is the recipe for you if you love lemon. And chicken!
- Baked Cheddar Chicken
Two kinds of cheese and bread crumbs make a crisp coat on this chicken that is first dipped in an egg and sour cream mixture. It's yummy!
- Deviled Chicken Breasts
If you like mustard, this is the recipe for you! Spicy and crunchy chicken is moist and tender on the inside.