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Oven Baked Chicken Breasts for Meal Planning

Eating right and meal planning is always a goal of mine. I’m incredibly horrible at it because, after cooking/baking all day for this blog, I’m exhausted. If dinner that day isn’t one of the recipes I made, then it’s way too easy for me to default to take-out or frozen dinners. That’s why, on Sundays, we always try and meal prep protein for the week.

We started doing this last year when my husband was doing Atkins. Every Sunday he would grill chicken breasts, skirt steak and some turkey sausages so that he had proteins for lunch all week long. I’d also use some of them in dinners (make it once, eat it twice). At the end of a long day it’s much easier to deal with already cooked chicken breasts than starting from scratch.

It’s always so hard for me to cook chicken just perfectly so that it’s moist and tender but cooked all the way through. I’ve found that there are a few secrets to making the perfect Oven Baked Chicken Breasts and I’m going to share them with you!

Using my easy tips for making Oven Baked Chicken Breasts will result in the perfect chicken every time. It’s flavorful and easy and perfect for meals all week long.

oven baked chicken on cutting board.

We make about two pounds of chicken every weekend and then use it throughout the week. It’s so much better when you get it all cooked ahead of time!

The three secrets to the perfect oven baked chicken breasts are:

  1. Even thickness of your chicken breasts.
  2. The perfect chicken marinade recipe.
  3. An instant read thermometer.

Let’s talk about each component. First, thickness of your chicken.

Most of the time, chicken breasts are thicker at one end than the other. To combat this, I place them in a gallon size bag and pound them even with a rolling pin. The more uniform your chicken breasts are, the more evenly they’ll cook. Otherwise, they’ll be dry at one end and raw on the other.

Chicken Breast Marinade for Baking

I absolutely love this recipe and it’s a variation of the steak marinade I always use.


I know, it has a lot of ingredients, but it tastes so much better than a store-bought marinade. In a pinch we buy 30-minute marinades, but I much prefer this one.

Your marinade ingredients are:

  • Olive oil
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Low-sodium soy sauce
  • Dijon mustard
  • Garlic
  • Pepper, onion powder, and Italian seasoning

Simply mix those together in a bowl or measuring cup. You don’t have to chop the garlic, just crack it a bit and you can leave it whole.

Add your chicken breasts and let them marinate for at least 4 hours or up to overnight. Marinating time is important for your chicken! It helps the chicken absorb the flavor but also keeps it moist and tender.

How to cook marinated chicken in the oven?

Once the chicken is done marinating, I add them to a baking dish I’ve sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. You’re going to bake them at 400°F until they’re cooked through, about 35-45 minutes. This is where an instant read thermometer comes in handy! They aren’t expensive and will ensure your chicken is cooked just perfectly without any guesswork.

When are oven baked chicken breasts done?

Your chicken breasts will be done when they reach an internal temperature of 165°F. That’s why it’s important to pound them to even thickness and have the thermometer!

Once your chicken is done, let it rest about 10 minutes before slicing. The flavor of the marinade adds so much to the chicken and it’s perfect with any side dish!

oven baked chicken on cutting board

Make a large batch of these oven baked chicken breasts once a week and use them in recipes all week long!

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Easy Oven Baked Chicken

4.92 from 12 votes
The best EASY Oven Baked Chicken with the best chicken marinade wit the perfect simple dinner recipe. Cook once and eat chicken recipes all week!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 8 servings
Serving Size 1 serving


  • ½ cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard or any kind
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cloves garlic peeled and smashed
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 6-7 pieces)


  • Whisk oil, vinegar, lemon juice, soy sauce, worcestershire, honey, dijon, Italian seasoning, onion powder and pepper together. Add the garlic cloves.
  • Place chicken in a large gallon size bag. Pound with a rolling pin to make the breasts even in thickness. Pour the marinade over the chicken, seal the bag, and let it sit in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Take chicken out of the refrigerator and place in a baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray (let it come to room temperature while the oven is preheating). Discard marinade.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until a meat thermometer place in the thickest part of the breast registers 165°F. Cook time will depend on thickness of chicken.
  • To grill: preheat grill to 400°F. Spray grill with nonstick grill spray. Grill 5 minutes per side with the grill open, then close the grill, watching to make sure it doesn’t get too hot or there are no flare ups, and cook until chicken registers 165°F on a meat thermometer.
  • Let meat rest at least 10 minutes before slicing.

Recipe Notes

  • Be sure the chicken is even thicknes. Place raw chicken in a gallon size ziploc bag and pound with a rolling pin to make them even.
  • Marinate the chicken for at least 4 hours for best flavor.
  • Make sure the chicken is cooked to 165 degrees.
  • Use the chicken as is with a side dish or use it for meal prep all week.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 315kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 71mg | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 462mg | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin C: 1.2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 1.1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on January 14, 2022

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  1. I have made this recipe many times and it is by far, the best chicken marinade recipe. Chicken comes out perfectly cooked and very tasty. This recipe has renewed my faith that skinless boneless chicken breasts can be delicious if done like this!

  2. This marinade is the best! It’s simple and has so much flavor I’ve used it several times since I found it through a Google search. I’ve also shared it with my adult children and my team. I will be grilling some chicken this weekend. Thank you!

  3. The flavor profile seems good but I cannot comprehend the cooking time. I took mine out at 25 minutes as the temperature was well above 165 already. 35-45 minutes is a long time for baked chicken. What am I missing here?

  4. I’ve made this a few times and grilled them on the BBQ. Delicious as always a hit with guests. Thanks for sharing it.

  5. Hi- should I use a baking pan or a baking dish for this recipe? The blog states dish, but the recipe calls for a pan… Looking forward to trying this! Thanks!

  6. I never leave comments, but this recipe is beyond amazing. I found it on Pinterest and it’s the most delicious marinade in the world. And it’s really easy. I’m so glad I found it. I’ve prepared this two nights in a row. I love it.