Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Breast

Tender, juicy Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Breast, that’s packed with flavour from the garlic butter sauce. It’s totally a win win!

This Baked Chicken Breast is also one of my favourite recipes to make. My husband loves it too, especially because it’s cooked in garlic butter sauce. Who doesn’t love a buttery flavoured sauce?

A skillet filled with garlic butter chicken breast

This sauce gives more flavour to this baked chicken breast and helps it to be tender, moist and juicy too. Who doesn’t love a good juicy baked chicken breast, right? I do! So, don’t be afraid of baking chicken in the oven thinking that it’ll be dry and tasteless.

I absolutely love easy and quick baked chicken breast recipes for dinner. Some of my family chicken recipes are Baked Chicken Breast Recipe, Creamy Parmesan Chicken Breast Skillet and Asparagus Stuffed Chicken Breast recipe (Web Story). Want even more chicken breast recipes? Try these 50 Best Chicken Breast Recipes!

How long should you bake chicken breast?

The cooking time will depend on the size of your chicken breast and also on the power of your oven. Some ovens have slight heat differences.

But according to USDA, a 4-oz. chicken breast should be bake at 350°F (177˚C) for 25 minutes or 30 minutes. But if the chicken breast is smaller then 4oz, bake it for about 20 minutes.

It’s important that you use a meat thermometer to check that the internal temperature, which is 165°F (74˚C). And remember to always insert the meat thermometer into the thickest part of the breast.

How do you keep chicken breast from drying out in the oven?

Be sure to not over bake the chicken breasts to avoid them getting dried out when baked. We also put the garlic butter overtop the breasts so that there’s extra added moisture to it.

Do you have to flip chicken breast when baking?

No, there’s no need to flip the chicken when baking.

What If I don’t have a cast iron?

If you don’t have a cast iron pan, no need to worry. You can use a regular skillet to sear your chicken and when you’re ready to bake the breasts, you can transfer them to a sheet pan or an oven-safe baking dish before adding the garlic butter.

close up of a skillet filled with garlic butter chicken breast

Tips to make the best Baked Chicken Breast:

  1. Whenever possible buy organic chicken breast. My friends from Butcherbox are committed to sell only free-range Organic Chicken and grass-fed meat. And the best part, you can order online and they’ll delivery straight to your door in any part of US. It’s super convenient and you’ll receive the best quality meat box you can possible wish for 😉
  2. Don’t forget to preheat the oven for 10 minutes at least before placing the chicken in the oven.
  3. Replace chicken breast for chicken thighs if it’s what you have. I prefer to make this recipe with boneless skinless chicken breasts. However, you can make it with bone-in and skin on chicken thighs too.
  4. If you want a more buttery sauce, add two extra tablespoons of butter.
  5. If you like spices, add more paprika and Italian seasoning. You can use also cumin, coriander, garlic powder and any other seasoning of your preference. Also, don’t forget the salt and pepper. Add all the spices in a small bowl, mix well and then season your chicken breasts.
  6. Make sure to not burn the garlic because it will change the taste of the entire dish.
  7. Let the baked chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.
  8. You can use a baking dish or a baking sheet.
  9. If you’re avoiding butter, replace it for olive oil.

A skillet filled with garlic butter chicken breast

What You’ll Need to Make This

  • Chicken breasts — I use boneless skinless chicken breasts. Again, I prefer organic chicken breasts that were grass-fed. It is important to use a high quality meat as some chicken breasts are injected with a solution of saltwater to plump it up so it looks better on the shelves.
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper — Keep in mind that kosher salt is twice the size of table salt. A sprinkle of table salt is much saltier than the same amount in kosher salt.
  • Paprika — Use sweet or smoked paprika.
  • Butter — use Ghee if you’re doing Whole30.
  • Italian seasoning
  • Fresh parsley — chopped
  • Garlic — minced
  • Olive oil — extra virgin

How to Make This Baked Chicken Breast:

1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Season chicken breast with salt, pepper and paprika. In a cast iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. When the skillet is really hot add chicken breast. Sear until golden. It’s about 1-2 minutes each side.

overhead view of a cast iron skillet containing raw chicken breast

2. In a small bowl mix together the butter, Italian seasoning, parsley, and garlic. Set aside.

A small glass bowl of melted butter, garlic and parsley

3. Pour garlic butter mixture over the chicken breast. Place skillet in the oven and cook until cooked through. It’s about 20-30 minutes or until chicken breasts gets to an internal temperature of 165F.

overhead view of someone pouring melted butter over two chicken breast in a cast iron skillet

4. Remove from the oven. Using a spoon, pour some of the butter sauce left in the skillet onto the chicken breast before serving.

close up view of someone three chicken breast with garlic butter sauce in a cast iron skillet

What should I serve with baked chicken breast?

Here’s some suggestions for you to serve with your cooked chicken breasts:

Meal Prep Tips

  • If you are meal prepping this, be sure to let the chicken cool before transferring it to the fridge.  Be sure to keep the meals refrigerated until you’re ready to eat.
  • Make sure to store all your portions into an airtight container. I use glass containers has they don’t hold onto any smells and are easier to clean.
  • Microwave your meal prep with a damp paper towel over top the container to keep the ground beef meal prep bowls moist.
  • This meal prep will last for up to 4 days when properly stored.

More Chicken Breast Recipes to Try:

A skillet filled with garlic butter chicken breast

Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Breast

Tender, juicy Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Breast, that's packed with flavour from the garlic butter sauce. It’s totally a win win!
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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Season chicken breast with salt, pepper, paprika and set aside.
  • In a small bowl mix together the butter, Italian seasoning, parsley, and garlic. Set aside.
  • In a cast iron skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. When the skillet is really hot add chicken breast. Sear until golden. It’s about 1-2 minutes each side.
  • Pour garlic butter mixture over the chicken breast. Place skillet in the oven and cook until cooked through. It’s about 20-30 minutes or until chicken breasts gets to an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Remove from the oven. Using a spoon, pour some of the butter sauce left in the skillet onto the chicken breast before serving.

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Notes

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Serving: 1/3, Calories: 377kcal, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 41g, Fat: 25g, Saturated Fat: 12g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 176mg, Sodium: 375mg, Potassium: 555mg

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overhead view of three chicken breast in a cast iron skillet
overhead view of three Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Breast in a cast iron skillet

 

overhead view of Garlic Butter Baked Chicken Breasts in a cast iron skillet