Our 28 Easiest Baked Chicken Recipes

Baked Chicken Recipes That Will Make Your Day Simpler

Paprika Chicken Breasts
Diana Rattray

Whether your day is crazy busy or you just don't feel like putting a big meal together, you can't go wrong with one of these easy baked chicken recipes. The dishes range from uncomplicated entrées with 6 or fewer ingredients to budget-friendly crispy baked chicken thighs and whole legs that take just a few minutes of prep time.

Whatever recipe you choose, make sure you cook the chicken thoroughly. The FDA recommends that all poultry be cooked to an internal temperature of 165 F. While the recipes recommend a baking time, different thicknesses of chicken could need a little more or less time. An accurate instant-read thermometer is worth its weight in gold! It's the best way to ensure the chicken is done.

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    5-Ingredient Baked Ranch Chicken Thighs

    Baked Ranch Chicken Thighs
    Diana Rattray

    Crispy chicken with less than 10 minutes prep time? Yes, it's true! All you have to do is mix the seasonings with olive oil, brush the chicken, and put it in the oven. 

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    Paprika Chicken Breasts With Sour Cream Gravy

    Paprika Chicken Breasts
    Diana Rattray

    A savory sour cream gravy completes this chicken perfectly. The chicken bakes to perfection with a few simple seasonings, and the sour cream gravy takes only 5 to 10 minutes of prep time.

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    Coconut Curry Braised Chicken

    coconut curry chicken
    Diana Rattray

    Use whole chicken legs or use chicken thighs and drumsticks in this delicious baked dish. The exotic curry and coconut milk flavors will have everyone asking for seconds!

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    Oven-Fried Pepper Jelly Chicken Thighs

    oven fried chicken thighs pepper jelly coating
    Diana Rattray

    Hot pepper jelly and stuffing crumbs make up the coating for these tender, juicy oven-fried chicken thighs.

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    Honey Baked Chicken Drumsticks

    Honey Baked Chicken Legs
    Diana Rattray

    A simple coating and a sweet and slightly tart honey sauce flavor these baked drumsticks perfectly. A combination of brown sugar, honey, and lemon juice make up the tasty sauce mixture.

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    Hot and Spicy Baked Chicken Drumettes

    spicy chicken drumettes or wings
    Heath Patterson / Getty Images

    These drumettes will quickly become your go-to recipe. Bake the drumettes (or wings) with the simple hot sauce and flour coating and then toss them with the final hot sauce mixture.

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    Roasted Chicken Thighs With Brussels Sprouts and Pears

    chicken thighs, brussels sprouts, pears, bacon
    Diana Rattray

    This one-pan dinner combo includes inexpensive bone-in chicken thighs, Brussels sprouts, and pears. Serve the chicken and vegetables with potatoes or mashed cauliflower.

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    Bacon and Cheddar Chicken Strips

    Bacon and Cheddar Chicken Strips
    Diana Rattray

    Tender, juicy chicken strips coated with panko, cheddar cheese, and bacon? Yes, please! These tasty chicken breast strips bake to crispy excellence with the most delicious coating.

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    Blackened Chicken

    Blackened Chicken

     The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    Blackened chicken looks tricky, but it's surprisingly simple. Coat chicken breasts with a spice rub that includes black onion seed, cayenne, and paprika, give them a quick sear, then finish them in the oven. When served over spicy rice, it's a fantastic dinner.

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    Oven-Fried Pesto Chicken

    Oven Fried Pesto Chicken
    Diana Rattray

    This oven-fried chicken recipe is proof that boneless chicken breasts can, indeed, be tender and flavorful. 

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    Peach Glazed Chicken Breasts

    peach glazed chicken
    Diana Rattray

    A simple glaze made with only four ingredients flavors this delicious chicken. Peach preserves, mustard, and vinegar are among the ingredients.

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    Oven-Fried Chicken Thighs With Panko and Parmesan Coating

    Panko and Parmesan Oven-Fried Chicken Thighs
    Diana Rattray

    Panko crumbs and Parmesan cheese make up the crispy coating for these oven-fried chicken thighs.

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    Potato Chip Chicken

    potato chip chicken

    Leah Maroney

    Change up your oven-fried chicken recipe by using crushed potato chips instead of breadcrumbs. Barbecue kettle-cooked chips are best, adding a nice hint of flavor and a great crunch.

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    Honey Dijon Baked Chicken

    honey dijon glazed baked chicken breasts
    Diana Rattray

    The tangy honey, mustard, and curry glaze flavors these baked chicken breasts beautifully. Marinate the chicken for an hour or two if you have the time.

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    Baked Pineapple Chicken Breasts

    Pineapple Baked Chicken
    Diana Rattray

    A seasoned pineapple sauce brightens these baked boneless chicken breasts. The chicken takes about 15 minutes of prep time. This chicken entrée makes a fabulous meal with hot cooked rice, some sliced pineapple, and a salad.

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    Roasted Chicken Dinner With Potatoes

    Roasted Chicken Dinner
    Diana Rattray

    This one-dish meal will satisfy the pickiest eaters in your family. The quartered chicken roasts to perfection with potatoes, carrots, and celery.

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    Garlic Roasted Chicken Leg Quarters

    Garlic Roasted Chicken

    The Spruce

    Lots of garlic and a few simple seasonings transform these roasted chicken legs into a delicious main dish.

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    Oven-Fried Parmesan Garlic Chicken

    Parmesan Chicken Oven Fried
    Diana Rattray

    These easy, boneless chicken breasts will become a family favorite. Garlic, Parmesan cheese, parsley, and fine dry bread crumbs make up the simplistic coating. 

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    Chicken Breasts With Mozzarella Cheese

    Easy Chicken With Mozzarella Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    Only five ingredients, plus salt and pepper, make these boneless chicken breasts a snap to prepare and bake. The mushroom and mozzarella cheese topping makes them first-class -- easy enough for an everyday meal and special enough for a dinner party.

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    Alice Springs Chicken

    alice springs chicken

     Leah Maroney

    Alice Springs chicken is a delicious copycat recipe from Outback Steakhouse. Chicken breasts are topped with mushrooms, bacon, and cheese and baked until delicious.

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    Baked Sweet and Sour Chicken

    Baked Glazed Chicken Pieces
    svariophoto/E+/Getty Images

    You might recognize this family favorite recipe. The chicken is baked with a combination of Russian dressing, onion soup mix, and apricot preserves. This 4-ingredient chicken recipe will please even the pickiest family members.

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    Crispy Oven-Fried Chicken Thighs or Legs

    Oven-Fried Chicken Thighs
    Diana Rattray

    You won't believe this crispy chicken came from the oven. The chicken thighs start in the skillet in a small amount of oil -- just enough to crisp the skin.

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    Chicken Thighs With Orange Sauce

    orange chicken thighs
    Diana Rattray

    A sweet orange sauce flavors these boneless chicken thighs. The chicken thighs take about five minutes of prep time, leaving you to go about other tasks while they bake. Serve them with hot cooked rice or roasted potatoes.

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    Roasted Lime and Cilantro Chicken Breasts

    Roasted Lime and Cilantro Chicken Breasts
    Diana Rattray

    Lime, garlic, and cilantro are the complementary ingredients used to baste this chicken. Use split chicken breasts in this super simple dish.

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    Simple Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts With Garlic

    Simple oven fried chicken breast

    The Spruce 

    These boneless chicken breasts might seem plain and simple, but the garlic powder and basic seasonings flavor them nicely. Serve them as a main dish or in sandwiches, or slice the chicken breasts and add them to a salad.

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    Iron Skillet Roast Chicken

    Iron Skillet Roast Chicken

    The Spruce 

    Of course, you can use a baking dish to roast this chicken, but a cast iron skillet somehow seems to make it taste better. The chicken is perfectly seasoned with olive oil and a variety of herbs and spices.

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    Quick and Easy Oven Barbecued Chicken

    Chicken with barbecue sauce
    Diana Rattray

    Make this tender, juicy baked chicken with whole chicken legs or chicken thighs. The chicken is basted with a homemade barbecue sauce.

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    Oven-Fried Chicken With Cornflake Crumb Coating

    Easy Oven Fried Chicken With Corn Flake Crumb Coating
    Diana Rattray

    An old-fashioned cornflake crumb coating flavors these perfectly baked chicken pieces. Leave the skin on the chicken or remove it to reduce fat and calories.