Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts (Bone-In)

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Bone-In Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts are an easy weeknight meal with crispy skin that are also perfect for any recipes calling for cooked chicken!

You can make Baked Chicken Thighs, Oven Baked and Rice Casserole or crispy Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts with the bone in for a delicious, juicy dinner that the whole family will enjoy, and you won’t have to bribe your kids to eat. It’s really easy to prepare, only takes about 35 minutes to cook, and keeps well for lunch tomorrow.

Baked Chicken Breasts with rib bones and skin


Oven Baked Chicken is one of those back pocket recipes you should keep bookmarked (control-d in case you want to bookmark this page) for all the recipes that have ever called for cooked chicken. It’s simple, delicious and makes a great built in sauce that you can make into a quick gravy (melt 2 tablespoons butter and whisk in 2 tablespoons flour then add in the chicken cooking liquid and whisk well until you have a creamy gravy).

Even better, serve that chicken and gravy over delicious Homemade Biscuits or with Homemade Dinner Rolls.

This chicken recipe is really easy to prepare, all you have to do is preheat the oven and rub split chicken breasts with kosher salt, pepper, and vegetable oil, put the chicken pieces skin side up on a baking sheet and let them bake.

The cooking time is extremely reasonable for a roasted chicken breast recipe, and they come out a delicious golden brown and crispy. Don’t worry about the oven drying out the split breasts either, they end up being extremely juicy and full of flavor.

It’s the perfect recipe for making my Classic Chicken Salad or Chicken Casserole too!


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190.5 degrees C.)
  • Season chicken with salt, pepper and vegetable oil and place in baking pan.
  • Cook chicken for 30-35 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F (73.8 degrees C).


  • Spices: Try adding even more flavor to your chicken by adding a dash of paprika or garlic powder to it before you put it in the oven. You can even add a drizzle of lemon juice on top to give it a little extra zing. The lemon juice will make the chicken even more juicy and crisp.
  • Leftovers: Oven Baked Chicken Breasts are perfect for a ton of other recipes, which will save you time later in the week. Tear the chicken into bite sized pieces and served them in sandwiches, in chicken salad, or make them into a soup.
  • Flavors: This chicken recipe is the perfect base to try out different flavored sauces on. Try the BBQ sauce from my Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs, the Honey Mustard Sauce from my Honey Mustard BBQ Chicken, or my delicious Buffalo Sauce, just to name a couple.

Chicken breast baked in oven

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Why choose one over the other? That really depends on what the overall texture you’re going for. Boneless chicken gets more tender and is easier to eat, since you don’t have to pick through the bones to get to the good stuff. Skin-on bone-in chicken is delicious because of how flavorful and crispy the skin gets. That crispness doesn’t make the insides dry, it actually helps keep the meat juicy and moist.

You also have the added benefit of the flavor the bone provides as the chicken roasts. There is a lot of flavor in bones (this comes from bone marrow) and as the chicken bakes the marrow comes out of the bones and into the chicken.

What do I serve with Oven Baked Chicken?

We love to serve this with any of our favorite Side Dishes including Baked Mac and Cheese, Creamed Spinach or Corn Casserole.


  • Serve: Never leave cooked chicken out at room temperature for longer than about 2 hours or it can make you very sick. Make sure to always allow the meat to cool to room temperature before you refrigerate it, or it can still grow bacteria and make you ill.
  • Store: To properly refrigerate your baked chicken, put it in something that can be completely sealed, like plastic wrap or tupperware. When completely sealed, Baked Split Chicken Breasts will be good for up to 3 days before they go bad.
  • Freeze: Frozen cooked chicken is good for up to 6 months, as long as it doesn’t thaw out or it isn’t just sitting bare on the shelf. Make sure you seal it up good, or you’ll regret it when you try to thaw it and it’s completely freezer burned.


Just like other chicken recipes, you should always make sure to check the internal temperature of your meal before you serve it up just to be sure it has cooked through all the way. The best way to do this is to insert a probe thermometer into the thickest part of each chicken breast to get an accurate reading.

The USDA states on their website that the temperature should be 165 degrees F (73.8 degrees C) or higher. Also when cooking chicken you should always thoroughly disinfect your workspace when you’re done to avoid getting sick. The extra clean up time is worth it to not get Salmonella.

Roasted Chicken Breasts

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Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts (Bone-In)

5 from 8 votes
  • Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Course: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American
  • Author: Sabrina Snyder

Bone-In Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts are an easy weeknight meal with crispy skin that are also perfect for any recipes calling for cooked chicken!


  • 4 chicken breasts , bone-in and skin on
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil


Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

  2. Season chicken with salt, pepper and vegetable oil and place in baking pan.
  3. Cook chicken for 30-35 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 4 Servings, Amount per serving: 267 calories, Calories: 267g, Carbohydrates: 1g, Protein: 48g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 145mg, Sodium: 553mg, Potassium: 836mg, Vitamin A: 68g, Vitamin C: 3g, Calcium: 11g, Iron: 1g

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  1. A very good recipe for a basic baked chicken breast. However, the first time I made it I followed the recipe to a T and it came out pretty bland. Since I am from Louisiana, I had to kick it up a bit with additional flavoring.
    I started out by brining my split breast in a mixture of lukewarm tap water, kosher salt, and sugar. I guess about a good handful of salt and sugar in about 6 cups of water.

    I also injected a mixture of chicken broth butter, onion powder, garlic powder and a bit of lemon juice.

    I then drained the breasts, patted them dry, and rubbed olive oil all over the breast. Then I made a rub with onion powder, garlic powder, kosher salt, smoked paprika, salt, and black pepper. I added about 1/2 teaspoon of dried oregano and dried basil.

    I place the rub all over the breasts and baked in a 375 F oven for about 40 minutes until the internal temp was 165F.

    Once I made those changes the end result was a very moist yet crispy chicken breast with a deep and wonderful flavor.

  2. I made this tonight for the first time. I can’t tell you have delicious this was! It was so juicy and the skin was so yummy. I used sea salt and pepper, Mrs. Dash Garlic Herb, Paprika, and a dash of Curry. It was amazing with so little effort. I had chicken thighs so I took them out at 35 minutes, cut them up and baked a little longer. So good!

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  3. My husband really likes chicken on the bone so I know he’d enjoy this if presented with it. It looks nice and golden and it sure sounds easy to make!

  4. I totally agree with you that this is a staple recipe. You can do so much with baked chicken and it’s easy and clean to cook/bake. Love!

  5. This is definitely the best way to cook chicken breasts, if you want them tender & tasty. Boneless skinless chicken breasts turn out pretty dry & lack flavor. The skin (even if you pull it off before eating) adds moisture & flavor while cooking, and all meats are much more flavorful when they’re cooked with the bone in. I also sprinkle on a ‘pinch’ of garlic powder, along with the salt & pepper, & always season both sides of whichever meat I’m cooking.