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roast chicken breast recipe

Roasted Chicken Breast

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Protein: Poultry
Cut: Chicken Breast
Course: Main Course
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


  • Bring the chicken out of the fridge about 20 minutes before you're ready to cook. Heat the oven to 425°F.
  • Rub the chicken with the olive oil and salt (any optional spices or herbs can get added here). Loosen the skin and drizzle a little olive oil between the skin and the breast meat.
  • Place the chicken on a wire rack fitted inside a rimmed sheet pan. Place in the oven and cook for about 40 minutes, until it reaches 165°F when using a meat thermometer at its thickest part.
  • Rest the breasts for 5 to 10 minutes, then carve and serve.


Boneless Chicken Breast options: If you'd like to roast boneless, skinless breasts using this recipe, lower the oven to 400°F and cook for 22 to 26 minutes. The same rules apply; chicken breasts also need to cook to 165°F. If you want to cook it at a higher temperature, you can cook at 425°F for 18-22 minutes. 
Boneless breasts are actually a bit more challenging to get right, believe it or not, if perfectly roasted, juicy chicken is what you are after.
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