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How to Perfectly Cook a Chicken Breast

Learn tips and tricks for a perfectly cooked chicken breast. Juicy, tender and well seasoned. It can be served in or with just about anything!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 3 -4 chicken breasts


  • 1 - 1 1/2 lbs. boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 tsp. coarse kosher sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 3/4 tsp. paprika
  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp. Herbes de Provence or Italian seasoning*
  • 1 tbsp. oil avocado, grapeseed, canola


  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat, set aside.
  • Tenderize the chicken breasts by poking 10-15 holes into each chicken breast using a cake tester or a toothpick.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the salt, pepper, garlic, paprika, cayenne, and herbs. Sprinkle over each side of the chicken breasts.
  • Set a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add oil, when glistening add the chicken and sear on each side for 2-3 minutes or until a nice golden brown crust forms.
  • Transfer to the prepared baking sheet and place in the oven for 18-22 minutes or until an instant read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken breast reaches 160 degrees.
  • Remove from the oven and cover with foil or another baking sheet flipped upside down. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before transferring to a cutting board.
  • Slice against the grain of the chicken, serve immediately.