Baked Chicken Breast Recipe – How to Cook Chicken Breast

Given below are 5 exclusive chicken breast recipes that are prepared in 5 diverse apparatus- oven, grill, pan, instant pot, & crock-pot. You can try any recipe as per your convenience or cook each one on different weekdays/weekends as every recipe yields a uniquely delicious taste and texture.  

1. How to cook chicken breast in Oven – Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

  1.1. Things you’ll need

  • 3 chicken breasts (boneless & skinless)
  • Salt (to taste)
  • White pepper powder (to taste)
  • A teaspoon of cayenne ground
  •  1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • ½ stick of butter (melted)
  • 1½  teaspoon minced garlic
  • A teaspoon of dried Italian herbs seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon of freshly chopped parsley

  1.2. How long to cook chicken breast in the oven

It takes 20-30 minutes to cook chicken breasts in the oven.

Since the size of chicken breast and oven temperatures may vary, therefore a 4-ounce chicken breast requires 25-30 minutes at 350°F. If the chicken breast size is less the 4-ounces then it will be done within 20 minutes.

Cooking Proces: Baked Garlic Butter Chicken Breast Recipe

Step 1: Set the oven for preheating at 400°F.

Step 2: while the oven is heating, sprinkle salt, white pepper and cayenne ground on both sides of the chicken breasts and keep aside.

Step 3: Now, take the bowl of melted butter, add the Italian dried herb seasoning, freshly chopped parsley leaves, and minced garlic. Mix well and keep aside.

Step 4: Place a pan on the stove, drizzle the olive oil and wait for it to get hot over medium heat.

Step 5: Now, time to transfer the seasoned chicken breasts on the hot pan. Cook each side for a couple of minutes. While searing put the butter herb mix on the chicken breasts. Keep spooning the pan liquids on the chicken breasts continuously during the cooking process.

Step 6: Turn off the stove and put the pan in the preheated oven. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Ensure the internal temperature reads 165°F in the digital thermometer. Take the pan out of the oven, move the gorgeous garlic butter chicken breast into the serving dish. Brush with the pan’s leftover liquid.

Baked Chicken Breast Recipe

Tips

  • To enjoy the premium-quality taste, use organic fresh chicken breast pieces for this recipe.
  • Do not skip the 10 minutes oven preheating time. It’s essential!
  • Cumin powder, coriander powder, dried rosemary/thyme, and taco seasoning are some seasoning optional you may use for the recipe.
  • Do keep an eye for the garlic, do not let them burn in the pan. 
  • To cut down on calories, you can skip the butter and make the dish entirely with olive oil.

2. How to cook chicken breast on Grill – Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe

  2.1. Things you’ll need

  • 4 chicken breasts (skinless & boneless)
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoons dried basil
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Black pepper powder (as per taste)
  • Salt (as per taste)

  2.2. How long to cook chicken breast on the grill

It takes 12 minutes to cook chicken breast on the grill. An additional 30-60 minutes is required for marinating the meat.

  2.3. Cooking Process

  • In a large bowl mix the olive oil with garlic powder, rosemary, thyme, basil, balsamic vinegar, pepper, and salt. Transfer 2-3 tablespoons of the mixture in another small bowl and keep it aside for basting. 
  • Dip the chicken breasts in the large bowl and let it marinate for 30-60 minutes on the kitchen top. (*You can also cover and refrigerate the marinated the chicken breasts overnight)
  • Clean the grill grates and heat the grill over high temperature at 450°F.
  • Place the marinated chicken breasts one at a time on the hot grill using tongs. Close the lid and cook covered for 5-6 minutes. Baste the chicken 2-3 times using a basting brush.
  • After the 6 minutes are up, the chicken should release easily from the grates. Flip each piece and cook the other side for 5-6 more minutes (covered) while basting 2-3 times.
  • To check the doneness of the grilled chicken breasts, use a digital thermometer. It should read 165°F. Transfer to a serving dish and enjoyed garnished with tomatoes and lettuce.

  2.4. Grilled chicken breast calories and nutrition

  • Calories: 128
  • Protein: 26g
  • Potassium: 332mg
  • Phosphorus: 219mg
  • Cholesterol: 88mg
  • Magnesium: 29mg
  • Saturated Fat: 0.8g

3. How to Cook Chicken Breast in a Pan – Sautéed Chicken Breast Recipe

  3.1. Things you’ll need

  • 2 chicken breasts (skinless & boneless)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Salt (1/4 teaspoon or to taste)
  • Crushed black pepper (a pinch or to taste)
  • Cayenne pepper (a pinch or to taste)
  • 1½ teaspoons garlic (peeled & minced)

  3.2. How long to cook chicken breast in the pan

It takes 8 minutes to cook chicken breasts in the pan.

  3.3. Cooking Process

  • Place a pan on the stove over medium-high heat. Drizzle the olive oil and let it heat.
  • While the oil gets hot, prep the chicken breasts by seasoning each side with salt, black pepper, and cayenne pepper.
  • Now, add the minced garlic into the hot oil and stir-fry for 50-60 seconds over medium-high heat.
  • Next, reduce the heat to medium. Place both the seasoned chicken breasts on the pan and cover with a lid. Cook for 3 minutes.
  • Uncover the lid, flip the chicken breasts, and cook for 4 minutes covered.

Transfer the sautéed chicken breasts to a plate, spoon the pan’s juices on top of the meat and enjoy alongside sautéed asparagus.

4. How to Cook Chicken Breast in an Instant Pot

  4.1. Things you’ll need

  • 4 skinless & boneless chicken breasts (fresh/thawed)
  • 2½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1½ cup of water
  • For seasoning- ½ teaspoon dried oregano; ½ teaspoon dried parsley; ½ teaspoon paprika powder; 1 teaspoon onion powder; 1 teaspoon garlic powder; ½ teaspoon salt & a pinch of black pepper powder.

  4.2. How long to cook chicken breast in an instant pot

It takes 13-15 minutes to cook chicken breast in an instant pot.

  4.3. Cooking Process

  • In a small bowl mix all the seasoning ingredients. Then, sprinkle the seasoning on both sides of each chicken breast and keep aside. (*ensure to pat dry the chicken breasts before seasoning them)
  • Turn on the instant pot, press the ‘Sauté Mode,’ and choose maximum heat setting. Wait until the instant pot shows ‘Hot’.
  • Now drizzle the olive oil and let it heat up.
  • Add the seasoned chicken breasts. Sauté each side for 3-4 minutes. After 6-8 minutes of cooking transfer the meat to a plate.
  • Add 1.5 cups of water into an 8-quarts instant pot. (*If using 6-quarts instant pot add 1 cup of water)
  • Insert a trivet in the instant pot and put the sautéed chicken breasts on the trivet.
  • Now, seal the lid, adjust the valve to sealing position and cook for 5 minutes on high pressure.
  • After the cooking time is up, let the instant pot release the pressure naturally for 5 minutes and then turn the valve to venting to release the remaining pressure quickly.

Transfer the chicken to a dish and let it cool for 3-5 minutes. Serve warm garnished with fresh chopped parsley and lemon slices.

5. How to Cook Chicken Breast in a Crock-Pot

  5.1. Things you’ll need

  • 3 chicken breasts (skinless & boneless)
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried parsley
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Black pepper powder (to taste) 

  5.2. How long to cook chicken breast in a crock-pot

It takes 3 hours to cook chicken breasts in a crock-pot.

  5.3. Cooking Process

  • In a small bowl mix the garlic powder with dried basil, oregano, parsley, smoked paprika, salt, and pepper.
  • Rub the mix all over the chicken breasts.
  • Now, place the chicken on the bottom of the crock-pot. (*Avoid overlapping, maintain a single layer for best results.) Seal the lid.
  • Turn on the crock-pot by setting a 3 hours timer and low temperature.

Finally, uncover the lid and transfer to a serving dish. Relish with your choice of steamed/sautéed veggies!

Note: This recipe does not use water as usually water/broth is needed when the chicken pieces are not in a single layer. As long as the chicken breasts are touching the crock-pot they will cook perfectly. Additionally, not adding water helps keep the seasoning stuck onto the meat, making it taste delicious.

6. Chicken Breast Nutrition

As per USDA, a serving of de-skinned boneless chicken breast weighing 85 grams (3-ounces) contains-

  • 102 calories
  • 46mg of sodium
  • 19g of protein
  • 2g fat
  • 0g of sugar/ fiber/ carbohydrate

Now, you hold the knowledge to cook chicken breast recipes devouringly right at home! They are super easy to make and taste so yummy. Do try them for a delectable breakfast, lunch or dinner meal.