This Baked Bone In Chicken Breast recipe is juicy and filled with flavor. The crispy skin brings it to the next level!
You might be surprised to hear this coming from a person whose mission is to promote healthy living, but life is just too short to never eat the chicken skin. Yes, removing the skin from chicken is a healthier move, but it’s so good we should all enjoy it once in a while. Yes or yes?
Now I have a delicious Baked Chicken Breast recipe if you’re looking for a way to cook your boneless, skinless chicken breasts. But let me tell you that if you’re looking for the juiciest baked chicken breasts, you have to try this Baked Bone In Chicken Breasts recipe. You won’t regret it.
You can never have too many chicken recipes, and if you’ve been around here for awhile, you know I have plenty!
- Honey Garlic Chicken is coated in a delicious, flavorful sauce and can be easily made in your instant pot or slow cooker.
- One Pan Chicken and Vegetables with Fresh Herbs is a super quick and easy chicken dinner that’s simple and delicious.
- Buffalo Chicken Breasts are coated in a delicious cheese mixture with garlic powder and onion powder resulting in a flavorful chicken breast with the perfect kick.
- Anti-Inflammatory Chicken and Rice Soup is highly nutritious and full of flavor. It’s a perfect cozy meal for chilly days.
I’m excited to add these Baked Bone In Chicken Breasts to my collection! Bone-in chicken breasts keep the meat moist and tender because who likes dry chicken? In addition to it’s juicy, delicious flavor, it’s super easy to make.
It takes just a few minutes of prep time, and then you just bake it. In just a few easy steps, you have a delicious, juicy chicken breast. It would go well with Air Fryer Carrots, balsamic roasted veggies or my sweet and spicy brussels sprouts with cauliflower.
This chicken breast recipe is very versatile. It makes a delicious, well-rounded meal served with roasted cauliflower and perfect rice pilaf with vegetables. You can also use it for meal prep or to make chicken salad.
After you enjoy this recipe, you could use the bones to make bone broth in the crockpot.
I hope you love this recipe as much as I do. It’s definitely one of my favorite chicken breast recipes!
Recipe Ingredients-What You Need
Bone-in Split Chicken Breasts
It’s important to get bone-in chicken breasts for this recipe. Although the cooking time is longer than boneless skinless chicken breasts, it’s worth it. Baking split chicken breasts results in the tenderness of dark meat, but the lighter flavor of white meat. The crispy skin brings it to the next level.
Avocado oil is a rich in healthy fats and can improve heart health. You may substitute olive oil if you’d prefer but it has a lower smoke point so I don’t recommend it.
Black Pepper and Salt
Just a little bit of salt and pepper adds delicious flavor! I use kosher salt, but whatever kind you have on hand will work just fine.
Thyme has a sharp, earthy flavor that tastes delicious in this recipe. It’s full of vitamin C, potassium, and manganese which is great for immune support, healthy cells, and bone development.
Sweet Spanish Paprika
Sweet Spanish paprika has a sweet, warm, and mild taste. I like the flavor this adds to the chicken, but regular or smoked paprika would work as well.
The arrowroot powder helps produce a crispier skinned chicken. The amount you need will depend on the size of the chicken breasts. You can keep the seasoning the same, but adjust to more arrowroot powder for larger breasts. Corn starch may be substituted for arrowroot powder, but I prefer arrowroot.
How to make Baked Bone-In Chicken Breasts
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- Cover a rimmed baking sheet or baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a baking rack on top. Set aside.
- In a small bowl, combine the arrowroot powder, paprika, thyme, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
- Dry the chicken breasts with a paper towel and brush them with avocado oil.
- Sprinkle the arrowroot mixture on the chicken breasts and pat the mixture down on each breast.
- Place the chicken on top of the rack skin side up, and bake in the oven for 35-45 minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken breasts. Check the chicken breasts using a meat thermometer or instant read thermometer and once they reach 160 degrees F, remove them from the oven and let the chicken rest for 5 minutes. They will continue to cook in the pan juices while they are resting without drying out. Enjoy!
What temperature should bone-in chicken breast be cooked to?
A safe internal temperature for chicken is 165 degrees F. For this recipe, you can remove the chicken from the oven once they reach 160 degrees F and allow them to sit for five minutes. This will allow the chicken to continue cooking while it’s resting without drying out.
What goes well with this recipe?
Check out all of my side dish recipes as this chicken will go well with so many different sides! I make it often with this Roasted Broccoli recipe. Zucchini Gratin, maple brussels sprouts, Healthy Broccoli Salad recipe or coconut rice would all be delicious with this chicken recipe!
How should I store leftovers?
You can store leftover chicken in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.
What’s the best way to reheat this recipe without it drying out?
You can reheat this chicken in the microwave with a damp paper towel which will keep it from drying out. It can also be reheated in the oven. Just add water or chicken stock to the bottom of a baking tray or roasting pan until there’s a shallow layer of liquid. Tightly cover the pan tightly with aluminum foil, and bake at 350 degrees f for about 15 minutes or until the chicken is warm.
How many servings is this recipe?
This recipe will make enough for 4 people, more if you’re serving it to small children. A whole chicken breast should be enough to serve one person. If you’re using this recipe for meal prep or in other recipes, it could serve more depending on how you’re using it.
Can I substitute olive oil for the avocado oil?
Yes. The two are very similar and be substituted for each other. My recommendation is avocado oil as it has a higher smoke point.
Can I use regular paprika instead of sweet spanish paprika?
Typically when a dish calls for paprika, it means sweet paprika. Sweet spanish paprika has a sweet, warm, and mild taste. If you’d like a more complex, smoky flavor, you can use smoked paprika.
Can I use this chicken recipe to make chicken salad?
Of course! I have a recipe for healthy avocado chicken salad with no mayo which would be a delicious way to enjoy this chicken recipe. Just follow the this recipe, cut it into chicken pieces once it cools off a little and is at room temperature, and make your chicken salad!
Is this recipe healthy?
Removing the skin from chicken is definitely a healthier move, but the skin has such delicious flavor. Overall, this chicken recipe is still filled with nutrients. Serve it with some roasted veggies and potatoes, and you’ve got a delicious, nutritious meal.
Why does bone-in chicken take longer to bake?
The breast bone slows down how quickly the meat heats up so it takes longer to cook than boneless breasts, but the extra baking time is totally worth it! The bone helps the meat retain moisture resulting in a juicy, flavorful end product.
More healthy chicken recipes for you to try:
If you love this baked bone in chicken breast recipe, I think you’ll love some of my other chicken breast recipes!
- Easy Oven Chicken Stew
- Skillet Chicken with Mushrooms and Peppers
- Italian Baked Chicken Breast
- Dairy Free Tuscan Chicken
If you need a terrific side dish with your chicken, try this recipe for Instant Pot Lentils! It’s easy and so delicious.
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