How long to cook chicken breast in oven 350 until they are moist and fork tender. Use our dry rub recipe or barbecue sauce on the crispy skin.
This is how long to cook chicken breast in oven 350 degrees F. It is simple and something you will add to your meal rotation for sure. Change it up with different seasonings or sauces at the end. Just one of the quick and easy chicken recipes on our site. (affiliate links present)
How to Cook Chicken Breast in Oven
Bone in chicken breasts were used for this one, with skin on. This would work just as well for boneless but I would highly suggest having skin to add to the moisture.
Most enjoy eating it too if you can get it nice and crispy. At a nice low temperature the meat will get super tender and not dry out.
At the end you can increase the temp high, turn to broil, or use our air fryer chicken breast instructions just for a few minutes. As far as the seasonings go that is up to you. I will of course add what we use below so you could follow that but swap out or in whatever you wish.
How Long to Cook Bone-In Chicken Breast at 350
You’ll want to set aside around an hour to get this done. Of course there will be a slight variation because of how large or small each piece might be. Personally I always buy organic, free range poultry. There are several reasons for this beyond just that I don’t want antibiotics in my meat.
If you have never compared the two side by side there is a huge difference. First off there is a lot less fat with organic pieces (or when you are making a baked whole chicken too). The size is smaller but there is a lot more edible meat on the bone. Those HUGE pieces at the store you see, aren’t normal. Smaller is more flavorful for sure.
Try it for yourself and decide for yourself but that is just my two cents. Medium size pieces are best, at a low temp, increasing to a higher temperature at the end to get a great texture on the outside. Period.
There’s a great chicken wing dry rub that is great on breasts as well. That one has a bit of sugar in it so it is on the sweeter side. Decide for yourself. Just salt and pepper works great too if you just want simple, quick and easy. The key is you want really well seasoned chicken breasts to enjoy the skin at the end.
Baked Bone-In Chicken Breasts
I have shared several like this for reference in case you just want to season your meat and cook until tender. Just like our how long to cook chuck roast in oven at 350 instructions, I always try to show you step by step.
You would use the same timing as we shared here below. Whether you marinate it in teriyaki sauce, lemon pepper or your own favorite flavors the cook time wouldn’t change. The only alteration would be for boneless vs. bone in breasts, I would decrease a few minutes for those.
A baking sheet is best but if all you have is a baking dish like for a casserole that will work too. You need some way of keeping the meat off the bottom though to keep the skin crispy. A cooling rack works best really. You could also follow our Dutch oven chicken breast recipe with that cast iron pot.
- 3-4 chicken breasts thawed, bone-in skin on was used
- No matter what you need some olive oil on the outside to keep it moist and get the seasonings to stick
- Chili powder just adds a slight heat but not much, use red pepper flakes or dry Sriracha for spicy
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper is sprinkled on top as well as using a bit when served of course as desired. If you add sauce then you shouldn’t need it.
You are going to want three things for baking; aluminum foil, a cooling rack and baking sheet too. If you spray the rack with non stick spray it will be easier to clean after this is done. I still stick in the dishwasher anyway but without some sort of non stick it may not come completely clean that way either.
Bone In Chicken Breast Temp
By far 350 degrees Fahrenheit is the best to get this done perfectly. You want low and slow, kinda’ like our baked frozen chicken wings in oven recipe. Then once your meat has reached the safe internal 165 F internal temperature you can increase it just for a bit to crisp it up.
- Always start by preheating your oven to bake breasts at 350 degrees F.
- Blot the outer skin of meat dry with paper towels, then drizzle olive oil over the chicken breasts. Rub dry seasonings over both sides and place on a wire rack (like cooling rack) over your baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately 60 minutes. Check the internal temperature to ensure it has reached a safe 165 degrees F. If not add a few more minutes and check again.
- always ensure that your chicken has an internal temperature of 165 in the thickest part before consuming
- To crisp up the skin a little more, turn your oven to the broil setting for 1-2 minutes, or throw into air fryer at 400 for 2-3 min.
Be sure to watch your protein to make sure the skin doesn’t burn. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before slicing and serving with a sauce or as is.
How do you crisp chicken skin in an air fryer
It’s actually quite easy. Personally since your oven is already on I probably wouldn’t transfer it somewhere else and create something else I needed to clean but your choice. So you definitely want to preheat your machine first. Set to 400 F for a good 5 minutes to get it nice and hot.
Once your meat has reached 160 (it will cook a bit longer in this machine too) you can transfer it into your Foodi, Cosori or other hot air machine brand. Make sure the skin is facing up and spray the top with some olive oil spray. You could sprinkle some seasonings on top, more, if you wanted too.
Close the basket and air fry chicken skin for about 3 minutes, depending on how golden brown you want it. Keep in mind that the meat will continue to cook too so you don’t want it in there for too too long. That is why I would take it out just a bit shy of the 165F.
You still want it to rest once done so you can pull out the drawer entirely and set aside in a safe place like on a stove grate or trivet on the countertop. Let sit for a good 10 minutes so the juices stay inside and don’t leak out on you.
Is it Better to Bake Chicken at 350 or 400
I think I have answered this adequately, low and slow y’all. If you want to cook this cut really really fast we talk all about chicken in pressure cooker how long it takes for each cut as well as recipes with that meat. Another great option for sure if you have that high pressure machine.
Another great option, but takes a lot longer, would be to cook slow cooker frozen chicken to tender and shredded. That is right, you can cook from rock hard perfectly. No need to defrost beforehand, just throw it in this way and it’s ready to toss with sauce or make chicken tacos with it.
Low heat for a longer duration using your favorite cooking method of choice is best to get juicy chicken every time. Once it reaches 165 you do want to remove it and let it sit for 10 minutes before slicing too. If not the juices will escape and it won’t be as moist.
Baked Chicken Breasts
If you did use boneless chicken breasts, how long to bake chicken will likely decrease to about 50 min. instead. You don’t want them to dry out, since there aren’t any bones it will likely bake faster. If you wanted to add some sauce at the end, brush on top during the last 10 minutes. That way it will bake on and almost caramelize to a thick layer.
How to save leftover cooked chicken breasts
You know how I hate wasting food. With this you can definitely incorporate it into a number of other recipes in days after it is done and saved properly. Keep it moist in a freezer bag with all the air sucked out so it doesn’t dry out. It can stay in the fridge for up to 3 days safely.
From there if you take the meat off you could make our spicy chicken noodle soup or make our easy Instant Pot chicken noodle soup for dinner the next day. Reheat as is in the microwave, in a bowl, covered, with just a bit of broth in the bottom so keep it juicy.
I have removed the meat, shredded it, spooned a few tbsp of broth over the top and heated this way too. From there I will toss with some sauce and make chicken tacos out of it. Basically a free second or third meal you can get out of these depending on how many pieces you have left.
Hope this helps you create a flavorful and delicious meal for your family too. If you have another great blend you like to add to the outside of your skin let us know so we can try it during out next go around. Love to try your creations too so we can change it up a bit for our dinners together. 😉
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How Long to Cook Chicken Breast in Oven 350
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Blot skin of meat dry with paper towels, then drizzle olive oil over the chicken breasts. Rub dry seasonings over both sides and place on a wire rack (like cooling rack) over your baking sheet.
- Bake for approximately 60 minutes, or until the internal temp reaches 165 degrees F. To crisp up the skin a little more, turn your oven to the broil setting for 1-2 minutes.
- *Be sure to watch your chicken to make sure the skin doesn't burn. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly before slicing and serving