How Long to Bake Chicken Breast at 425

Timothy Woods
Published by Timothy Woods
Last Updated On: May 23, 2024

Over the years of working as a professional chef, I've found that baking chicken breasts at 425°F yields the best results.

Many of you may be wondering just how long it takes to achieve that perfect balance of juiciness and crispiness at this specific temperature.

Don't worry, this article will not only share my go-to recipe for baking chicken breasts to perfection but will also demystify the ideal cooking time when using a 425°F setting.

So, let's delve into the details and learn the secrets to mastering this simple yet delicious dish.

How Long Do You Need to Bake Chicken Breast at 425°F?

A delicious baked chicken breast

How long you need to bake chicken breast at 425°F depends on its thickness.

As a general guideline, boneless, skinless chicken breasts that are about 1 inch thick will take approximately 25 minutes to bake at this temperature.

Thicker chicken breasts may require a few more minutes, while thinner ones might be done a bit earlier.

To ensure the chicken is perfectly cooked, it's crucial to use an instant-read thermometer and check the thickest part of the breasts for its internal temperature.

Cooking the meat to this temperature ensures that it is safe to eat while still making your chicken breasts juicy and tender.

Recipe Overview

Raw chicken breasts on a wooden board
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust for spice preference)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Cooking spray (olive oil or any spray of choice)

Instructions

Cooking chicken breasts in the oven
  1. Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  2. If your chicken breasts are thick, you can pound them gently with a meat mallet to ensure even cooking. Trim any excess fat from the chicken breasts.
  3. In a small bowl, mix together garlic powder, onion powder, paprika, Italian seasoning, chili powder, cayenne, salt, and pepper.
  4. Add some olive oil over the chicken breasts, then rub the seasoning mixture evenly on both sides of the chicken breasts.
  5. Lightly grease a baking dish with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  6. Place the seasoned chicken breasts in the baking dish.
  7. Cook chicken in the hot oven for 20-25 minutes or until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165°F [1]. Use an instant-read thermometer to check the thickest part of the breasts for doneness.
  8. Once the chicken breasts are perfectly baked, remove them from the oven and let the chicken rest for a few minutes. This helps distribute the juices and ensures tender chicken breasts.

Recipe Notes

A perfectly cooked chicken breasts
  • For a flavorful crust, you can sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese or panko breadcrumbs on top of the seasoned chicken before baking chicken breast.
  • Adjust the amount of cayenne in this oven-baked chicken breast based on your spice preference.
  • You can experiment with different seasonings like Cajun seasoning or red pepper flakes for a variation in heat and flavor.
  • Bring the meat to room temperature before baking to ensure more even and perfectly cooked chicken breasts. Frozen chicken breasts should be thawed thoroughly before baking.
  • Larger chicken breasts may require a slightly longer cooking time, so use a meat thermometer to check for doneness.
  • If you purchase thick breasts, you can make them thinner by pounding them with a meat mallet or rolling pin. Place the meat between two sheets of plastic wrap before hitting them to reduce cleanup.
  • To store cooked chicken breasts, place them in an airtight container. Store baked chicken breast for up to 3-4 days [2].
  • Leftover chicken can be used in chicken salad, sandwiches, or another easy chicken recipe.
  • You may use this recipe for chicken thighs or drumsticks; they may just take more time to cook.
  • This cooked chicken breast recipe is a perfect choice for meal prep, as you can cook a batch and use it throughout the week for quick and healthy dinners.

"I bake chicken breasts at a higher temperature, around 425°F, to ensure a crispy and flavorful exterior while preserving the natural juices inside."

- Bobby Flay, American Chef

Nutrition Facts (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 250
  • Total Carbs: 2g
  • Protein: 30g
  • Fat: 11g
  • Fiber: 0g
  • Net Carbs: 2g

What To Serve with Baked Chicken Breasts?

A bowl of quinoa salad with fresh vegetables

Baked chicken breast is a great source of lean protein and goes well with almost any side dish. Here are a few ideas to try out with your chicken:

  1. Garlic Roasted Mashed Potatoes: Roasted potatoes complement the savory flavors of the baked chicken breast. The garlic-infused potatoes add extra taste and texture to the meal, providing a delicious and hearty side.
  2. Steamed Broccoli with Lemon: Steamed broccoli adds a nutritious and refreshing element to the dish. The lemon zest enhances the flavors, balancing the richness of the boneless chicken breasts and adding a touch of brightness.
  3. Quinoa Salad with Fresh Vegetables: Quinoa salad provides a healthy and protein-packed alternative to traditional side dishes. The combination of fresh vegetables and a light vinaigrette complements the juicy chicken breasts, creating a well-rounded and satisfying meal.
  4. Buttered Green Beans: The simplicity of buttered green beans pairs well with the flavorful chicken breasts. The tender-crisp texture and buttery finish offer a comforting contrast to the oven-baked chicken.
  5. Classic Caesar Salad: The tangy Caesar dressing and crunchy croutons in a Caesar salad bring a delightful contrast to the tender chicken. The combination of textures and flavors provides a delicious balance for a satisfying meal.
  6. Grilled Asparagus: Grilled asparagus offers a smoky and charred flavor that pairs wonderfully with the juicy chicken breast. It's a great way to incorporate seasonal vegetables into the meal.
  7. Balsamic Glazed Brussels Sprouts: The sweet and tangy balsamic glaze enhances the earthy flavor of Brussels sprouts, creating a perfect contrast to the savory baked chicken breasts.

FAQs

Is 425°F Too High to Cook Chicken?

No, 425°F is not too high to cook chicken. In fact, baking chicken at this temperature is a great way to achieve a crispy exterior while keeping the interior juicy and thoroughly cooked.

Is It Better to Bake Chicken at 350°F or 425°F?

You can bake chicken at 350°F or 425°F because it will depend on your desired result. Baking chicken at 350°F will result in slower, more even cooking, while baking at 425°F will yield a crisper exterior and faster cooking.


References:

  1. https://www.fsis.usda.gov/food-safety/safe-food-handling-and-preparation/food-safety-basics/safe-temperature-chart
  2. https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/How-long-will-cooked-food-stay-safe-in-the-refrigerator
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Timothy Woods holds a Kinesiology and Exercise Science degree from Jacksonville University and is CCC & GMU Certified. He's also the main man behind Carnivore Style. This food aficionado combines science and experience to spread the word about the carnivore lifestyle.
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