Simple Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts With Garlic

Simple oven fried chicken breast recipe

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 25 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
483 Calories
22g Fat
13g Carbs
55g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 483
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 28%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 160mg 53%
Sodium 330mg 14%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 55g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 481mg 10%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

We already know that "frying" chicken in the oven is much easier than on the stove, but this recipe takes "easy" to a whole new level. After letting butter melt with oil in a baking pan in the oven, chicken breasts are dredged in seasoned flour and then simply placed in the pan to "fry" in the oven. The coating gets nice and crispy while the inside stays juicy and tender.

This recipe calls for boneless chicken breasts, but boneless thighs can be used as well. They are excellent served with potatoes and your favorite vegetables, or slice them and add them to a tossed salad or Caesar salad. The chicken can also be used in casseroles and is a delicious filling for sandwiches


  • 2 tablespoons butter

  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts , 4 halves

  • Kosher salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for oven-fried chicken breasts with garlic
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  2. Heat the oven to 400 F/200 C.  Put the butter and olive oil in an 8- or 9-inch square baking pan (or a pan large enough to fit the chicken without crowding); place it in the oven to melt the butter. This should only take 1 to 2 minutes, so watch carefully to make sure it doesn't burn. 

    Heat butter in baking pan
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  3. When the butter in the pan is melted and sizzling, remove the pan from the oven.

    butter melted in pan
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  4. Blot the chicken with paper towels and remove any excess fat.

    Blot chicken
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  5. Sprinkle with salt and freshly ground black pepper.

    Sprinkle with salt and pepper
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  6. Put the flour, garlic powder, and paprika in a bowl or pie plate. Stir to blend thoroughly.

    Put the flour, garlic, and paprika in a bowl
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  7. Dredge the chicken breasts in the flour mixture.

    Put chicken breast in flour mixture
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  8. Arrange them in the hot pan and return the pan to the oven. (Don't forget oven mitts!)

    Arrange them in pan
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  9. Bake the chicken for 15 minutes.

    Bake the chicken
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  10. Carefully turn the chicken with a spatula and return to the oven for another 10 to 15 minutes. The chicken should register at least 165 F/73.9 C on a food thermometer in the thickest pieces. 

    Carefully turn chicken
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  11. Serve with your choice of sides and enjoy.


  • For two servings, reduce the ingredients by 1/2 and use 2 tablespoons of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter.
  • For even faster cooking, flatten the chicken breasts slightly to an even thickness, or use cutlets. They will cook quickly, so be careful not to overcook. Turn them at about 10 minutes and check for doneness after another 5 minutes.

Recipe Variations

  • Add about 1/2 cup of freshly grated parmesan cheese to the flour mixture along with a few teaspoons of minced fresh parsley, if desired.
  • Add a little poultry seasoning or ground thyme and sage to the flour mixture for herb flavor.