18 Surprisingly Easy Baked Boneless Chicken Breast Recipes

Chicken breasts in parchment paper

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There's probably no easier way to prepare boneless, skinless chicken breasts than the oven. Yes, you might have to marinate it or coat the chicken with crumbs or a sauce mixture, but these recipes are all very easy and will get you out of the kitchen quickly, no frying involved.

Because chicken breasts can become dry when overcooked, an instant-read meat thermometer is an important tool to have in your arsenal. All chicken breasts are going to be different in size and thickness, so you should check several pieces for doneness. When the chicken breasts register 160 F, take them out of the oven. The chicken will continue to cook for a few minutes, bringing the final temperature to the minimum safe temperature of 165 F. The chicken will be done, and it will still be moist and tender at this temperature.

When baking chicken that is coated in crumbs or cereal, place it on a wire rack on a shallow pan so the chicken will be crisp on both sides. If, however, the coated chicken is baked in butter, it should stay in the butter; don't use a rack in that case. 

Add some of these baked boneless chicken breast recipes to your repertoire.

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    Caprese Chicken

    Caprese chicken

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    If you need an elegant but fast dinner for two, this Caprese chicken is an excellent choice. The boneless, skinless chicken breasts are baked and then layered with sliced tomatoes, basil, and mozzarella cheese. The optional homemade balsamic reduction takes the dish over the top.

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    Oven-Fried Parmesan-Garlic Chicken

    Oven-fried parmesan chicken

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    Parmesan cheese plays an important supporting role in this tasty oven-fried Parmesan-garlic chicken recipe. It's incredibly tasty, as well as crunchy. Serve the chicken breasts with potatoes or rice, or make an Italian-style meal with some marinara sauce and spaghetti.

    It's a family-friendly recipe with very little hands-on time required. Just pop it in the oven and relax. 

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    Baked Chicken With Bacon and Pepper Jack Cheese

    Chicken breasts with barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheese

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    Layers of barbecue sauce, bacon, and pepper jack cheese take these basic boneless chicken breasts from ordinary to extraordinary. This baked chicken with bacon and pepper jack cheese is an easy preparation, and the flavor combination is nothing short of amazing. Add this recipe to your list!

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    Baked Curried Chicken

    Baked curry chicken

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    Curry flavors abound in this delicious baked curried chicken dish. Coconut milk, garlic, curry powder, and onion are among the ingredients. Raisins and flaked coconut add texture and extra flavor to the dish. The recipe calls for boneless, skinless chicken breasts, but feel free to use boneless chicken thighs instead.

    Serve the chicken and its sauce over hot cooked rice.

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    Fake Shake and Bake Chicken Breasts

    Fake shake and bake chicken

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    Cornflake crumbs, wheat germ, sesame seeds, and flour combine to form a crisp coating for these fake shake and bake chicken breasts. Save money and reduce the chemicals in your diet when you make your homemade mixes.

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    Crispy Ranch Chicken

    Crispy Ranch Chicken and side salad

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    Ranch dressing mix flavors the breadcrumb coating on these simply baked crispy Ranch chicken breasts. A sour cream coating helps the seasoned breadcrumbs adhere to the chicken.

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    Saucy Chicken Recipe

    Chicken in salsa

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    This chicken preparation is a recipe you'll want to save for that super busy day. Boneless chicken breasts are simply baked with a gussied-up tomato sauce. Serve this saucy chicken recipe with rice or a basic tossed salad.

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    Baked Lemon Chicken Recipe

    Baked lemon chicken breasts

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    A lemon and garlic marinade ensures your baked chicken breasts will stay moist and flavorful. Sliced lemons provide the topping for this yummy baked chicken dish. If you love lemon flavor, this baked lemon chicken recipe is for you!

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    Baked Cheddar Chicken

    Cheesy oven fried chicken

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    Two kinds of cheese and breadcrumbs make up the crisp coating on this baked cheddar chicken. The chicken is first dipped in an egg and sour cream mixture, then in the breadcrumb mixture.  

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    Baked Chicken Parmesan Dinner

    Chicken parmesan with mozzarella cheese

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    This baked chicken Parmesan dinner will quickly become a family favorite. The chicken is breaded and baked, and then it's topped with your favorite pasta sauce and cheese. All you need to complete the meal is some hot cooked spaghetti.

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    Chicken Breasts in Parchment Paper

    Chicken breasts in parchment paper

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    Parchment paper keeps these baked chicken breasts juicy and tender. Use your favorite herbs and spices to flavor these chicken breasts in parchment paper and then top them with slices of lemon, orange, or lime.

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    Chicken With Dirty Rice Stuffing

    Stuffed chicken breast

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    Savory Cajun-style dirty rice makes up the stuffing for these baked boneless chicken breasts. A drizzle of simple pan sauce is the perfect finishing touch to this chicken with dirty rice stuffing.

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    Oven-Baked Blue Cheese Chicken

    Blue cheese chicken

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    A rich, creamy blue cheese sauce flavors these baked boneless chicken breasts. The easy oven-baked blue cheese chicken dish makes an excellent meal when you need something fast and flavorful.

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    Hoisin-Glazed Chicken Breasts

    Hoisin glazed chicken breasts
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    Asian hoisin sauce, soy sauce, and ginger provide the great flavor for these oven broiled chicken breasts. Serve these inspired hoisin-glazed chicken breasts with hot cooked rice or Asian-style noodles for a fabulous family dinner.

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    Baked Fried Chicken

    Baked fried chicken

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    Buttermilk and a seasoned flour coating make this baked fried chicken tender and juicy. Butter goes into the pan to give the chicken a rich flavor. This is a great "fried" chicken to take on a picnic and enjoy cold.

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    Peach Glazed Chicken Breasts

    Peach glazed chicken

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    Here's another last-minute chicken breast recipe you can throw together in minutes. Peach preserves and a bit of mustard and vinegar transform these boneless chicken breasts. This peach glazed chicken breasts recipe is something you'll reach for again and again.

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    Chimichurri Chicken en Croute

    Chimichurri chicken wrapped in puff pastry
    Marian Blazes

    If you need a fancy chicken dish but have little time, this chimichurri chicken en croute is a fantastic solution. Chimichurri and cream cheese coated chicken breasts are neatly wrapped in sheets of puff pastry

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    Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

    Cheese-stuffed chicken breasts

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    Feta cheese and herbs make up the filling for these cheese-stuffed chicken breasts. The chicken is baked to perfection in a tasty garlicky tomato sauce.