Baked Split Chicken Breast


This is a very easy, but elegant, baked chicken breast recipe that looks like you've spent hours in the kitchen when you've barely lifted a finger!

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
45 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 40 mins
2 servings

Turn chicken breasts into a golden, garlicky, and juicy meal with this 5-star recipe. Cook up deliciously seasoned and crispy chicken that turns a simple dinner into a sensational meal in a few easy steps. You'll be amazed at how quickly this dish comes together. Learn all about this impressive oven-baked chicken recipe, including how long to cook the chicken breast and how to store leftovers.

How to Make Baked Split Chicken Breast

Enjoy an herb-infused chicken dish that doesn't shy away from big flavor. You'll find the full recipe below with step-by-step instructions, but here's what you can expect when you make this top-rated recipe;

Use large, bone-in chicken breast halves for hearty results. Rub the breasts with olive oil and garlic, then sprinkle them with salt, pepper, dried rosemary, and basil. Place the chicken in a baking dish and refrigerate to allow flavors to marry.

How Long to Cook Chicken Breast

Cooking chicken breast in the oven couldn't be simpler. Bake the marinated chicken at 375 degrees F for about 45 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temp of 165 degrees F. The juices should run clear and the flesh should be perfectly tender with no pink at the bone.

How to Store and Freeze Baked Split Chicken Breast

Having pre-cooked chicken on hand is great for making fast, tasty meals when you're short on time. When properly stored, baked chicken breast will last three to four days in the refrigerator. Be sure to use an airtight container or encase the chicken tightly in foil or plastic wrap.

Freezing baked chicken breasts can extend their shelf life by three months. Wrap whole breasts in grease-proof paper, then place in an airtight container for best results.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"Great recipe and very easy way to put tasty chicken on the table with minimal effort," says home cook alexpk321. "I covered the chicken with aluminum foil, baked for 1 hour, and it came out moist and delicious."

"We made this just as the recipe called and for and now it is one of our go-to favorites!" raves reviewer momma pullen. "We love to add fresh tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and cucumber sprinkled with chopped basil to this meal in warmer months."

"I didn't have rosemary but added a Mrs. Dash alternative," shares julie. "I did broil it during the last 15 minutes and it came out crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside. Great tasting and it seems healthy. Will definitely make it again."

Editorial contributions by Rai Mincey


  • 2 large bone-in chicken breast halves with skin

  • ¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil

  • ½ teaspoon garlic, minced

  • ½ teaspoon coarse sea salt

  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

  • ¼ teaspoon dried rosemary

  • ¼ teaspoon dried basil


  1. Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and garlic; sprinkle with salt, black pepper, rosemary, and basil. Arrange chicken in a large baking dish and refrigerate for at least 45 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  3. Bake in the preheated oven until chicken meat is no longer pink at the bone and the juices run clear, 45 to 60 minutes. An instant-read thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the breast meat should read 165 degrees F (75 degrees C).

    an overhead view of a split chicken breast plated with steamed broccoli and white rice.
    Dotdash Meredith Food Studios

Cook' Note:

Feel free to scale up this recipe for more guests! The prep time is minimal regardless of whether you make 2 breasts or 20.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

615 Calories
42g Fat
1g Carbs
55g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 2
Calories 615
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 42g 54%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 153mg 51%
Sodium 570mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Protein 55g
Vitamin C 0mg 2%
Calcium 34mg 3%
Iron 7mg 41%
Potassium 466mg 10%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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