Bone-in Chicken Breast Recipe

This is the best chicken breast you will ever have!  It has crispy skin yet is tender and juicy on the inside! And cooking with the bone-in enhances the flavor!  

We love to eat chicken because it is super yummy and very versatile! It goes great with Mexican food, cajun dishes, Indian cuisine, and traditional American BBQ!  But one of my favorite ways to have it, is oven-roasted, falling off the bone! 

Bone-in chicken breast recipe on plate

Don’t Be Afraid of Bone-In

When I was little, I was scared of meat that still had the bones in it! Little did I know that those bones were helping the meat retain its moisture and infuse the meat with more flavor! Good thing I grew up because chicken or turkey cooked with the bone still inside is so yummy!

We live in a modern era of convenience, so many of us probably don’t have a lot of experience cooking meat with the bone-in. That’ why I am going to share with you this delicious yet easy way to make the best chicken you have ever tasted!

 

Seasonings for bone in meat

Seasonings + How to Make

The seasonings are what make this chicken extra tasty! I love to use freshly chopped herbs like sage, thyme, rosemary, and parsley. However, you can use your spice rack if you do not have fresh herbs! 

How to prep the chicken: Rinse the chicken breasts under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Then place on a prepared baking sheet. Then gently separate the skin from the meat, with your fingers, and spread butter underneath and on top of the skin.

Season: mix together your seasoning of lemon zest, sea salt, black pepper, freshly chopped herbs, and minced garlic. Then spread this mixture all over the chicken breasts.

Bake: Place your pan in a preheated 400-degree oven and roast for 30-45 minutes. Use a meat thermometer to ensure doneness. It should read 155 degrees F.

The Crucial Last Step: Remove the chicken from the oven and cover it with foil. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving to allow the chicken to come to the correct temperature and to seal in the juices.
 

How to cook bone-in chicken breast

How Long to Bake Bone-in Chicken Breast

Baking times may vary based upon your oven and chicken thickness. A good recommendation is to cook your chicken breast for 30-45 minutes at 400-degrees or 55-65 minutes at 350-degrees. However, always recommend using a meat thermometer to make sure your chicken internally has reached 155-degrees F. 

If you are using this recipe to cook a bone-in turkey breast (which a thoroughly recommend!) follow the following guidelines: about 45 minutes when cooked at 400-degrees (or about 15 min/pound or 20 min/pound if baking at a lower temperature of 350-degrees). Your meat thermometer should read 150-155 degrees F. 

How to Store + Reheat + Freeze

Store roasted chicken breasts in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container. I recommend letting the chicken cool to room temperature before wrapping it in plastic wrap. Wrapping your chicken well will help it retain in moisture.  

 In the freezer, chicken breasts wrapped in a freezer-safe bag should stay good for up to 2 months.

Defrost in the microwave or overnight in the refrigerator. 

To reheat, brush your chicken lightly with olive oil and then wrap it in foil and place it in the oven at 325-degrees for about 25 minutes or until the internal temperature is at least 165 degrees F.

Bone-in chicken breast on plate

Best Sides For Bone in Chicken or Turkey

Of course, your chicken or turkey breast will be the star of the meal, but you can’t forget the supporting cast! We love to serve it with a yummy salad like our sweet kale superfood salad, or roasted brussel sprouts.  

We also like to serve it will all types of potatoes or fresh homemade rolls! 

We love this recipe for a delicious Sunday family dinner or for an intimate/smaller Thanksgiving or holiday gathering! 

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Bone-In Chicken or Turkey Breast

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Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Author: Natalie
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Ingredients

  • 1 bone-in, skin on chicken or turkey breast
  • 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp. each lemon zest and juice
  • 1/2 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. freshly chopped herbs - sage, thyme, rosemary, parsley
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  • Rinse breasts under cold water and pat dry with paper towels. Place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Gently separate the skin from the meat with your fingers. Spread the butter underneath and over the skin. Then spread the herbs and seasonings underneath and over the skin.
  • Place in the oven and roast for 30-45 minutes depending on the size. Use a meat thermometer to ensure doneness. It should read 155 degrees F.
  • Remove from the oven and cover with foil. Let it rest for 10 minutes before slicing and serving. This will allow it to come to the correct temperature and to seal in the juices.