7 Baked Chicken Breast Recipes

Never settle for dried-out chicken breasts again

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Just follow these easy tips for baking chicken breasts and you won’t regret your decision to ditch the rest of the cumbersome bird for a quick dinner dish that doesn’t require hours of roasting.

Chicken really is the winner’s dinner. Americans are consuming more chicken than beef for the first time in 100 years, and we get why. Chicken is cheaper and just as delectable when you know what you’re doing in the kitchen. Baked chicken might be one of the most nutritious, cheap, and filling meals a meat-eater can cook at dinnertime.

Unfortunately, after decades of people overcooking chicken breasts, this particular dish has a bad reputation. Just follow these easy tips for baking chicken breasts and you won’t regret your decision to ditch the rest of the cumbersome bird for a quick dinner dish that doesn’t require hours of roasting.

First, treat those chicken breasts with respect. They need lots of seasoning, especially salt, to draw out that good chicken flavor. Next, remember that chicken breasts lack fat, which is why they tend to dry out in the oven. Drape a piece of parchment over top to act as a kind of “skin,” keeping your chicken breasts juicy. Finally, rub your baking dish with butter or olive oil to keep the chicken from sticking, and preheat the pan in the oven.

Follow these simple tips for a perfectly cooked chicken breast. If you need some baked chicken breast recipe inspiration, check out a few of our favorite picks from The Daily Meal’s collection.

Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu

Cristina De Guzman


Chicken cordon bleu is a French-inspired poultry dish that was developed by chefs in the United States in an effort to imitate stuffed meat dishes from Europe. Cordon bleu, which means "blue ribbon" in French, has chicken, cheese such as Gruyère or Swiss, and prosciutto or ham as the basic ingredients.

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Baked Panko Crusted Chicken Breast

Jessica Chou


This easy baked chicken dinner is deliciously light and perfect for any weather.

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Baked Chicken Topped with Cranberry Sauce

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No need to wait until Thanksgiving to use cranberry sauce as a topping. Try it on this baked chicken recipe.

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Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese

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The fall flavor combination of pears and blue cheese brings a seasonal element to an otherwise simple chicken dish.

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Easy Feta-Chicken Bake

ATHENOS


Ten minutes are all you need to prep a lively Greek-inspired baked chicken dish with peppers, parsley, and feta cheese.

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Pumpkin Stuffed Chicken Breast

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For the ultimate pumpkin dish, serve this pumpkin-flavored chicken. It's easy to make, and you can serve it as your main dish.

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Ricotta Pesto Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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It is simple, but this recipe jazzes up chicken in a fun Italian way and will earn you many compliments.

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Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.