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sliced cooked chicken breast
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How to Cook Chicken Breasts

Perfectly Cooked Chicken Breasts - Despite their reputation for being dry and impossible to cook, Chicken Breasts are, with a few simple tips and tricks, incredibly easy to cook and keep juicy!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time22 mins
Brine30 mins
Total Time27 mins
Servings: 4 chicken breasts
Calories: 132kcal


For the Brine

  • 5 cups cool water
  • ¼ cup salt

For the chicken

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • ¼ cup olive oil divided
  • 2 teaspoon salt divided
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoon sweet paprika (optional)
  • 2 teaspoon Cajun seasoning (optional)
  • 2 tablespoon fresh parsley minced


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.
  • Fill a large mixing bowl with water and salt and whisk to combine. Add the chicken breasts to the salt bath and set aside. Allow the chicken soak in the brine for 20-30 minutes.
  • Drain the salt water brine and rinse each chicken breast under cold water. Pat dry with paper towels.
  • Transfer the chicken to a dry mixing bowl. Drizzle with approximately 1 tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, and Cajun seasoning (if using). Rub the olive oil and seasoning all over the chicken breasts.
  • Transfer the chicken to your prepared baking sheet. Cook chicken for approximately 20-22 minutes, or until internal temperature reads 160-165 degrees F with a digital thermometer. Time will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken breast.
  • Meanwhile, as the chicken cooks whisk together the olive oil, chopped parsley, and salt. Set aside.
  • Remove the cooked chicken from the oven and allow to rest for 5 minutes before brushing with the parsley and olive oil sauce and slicing.
  • Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.


Originally published Feb. 19, 2019


Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 1171mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 0g | Vitamin A: 1220IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 0.6mg
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