Juiciest Chicken Breast Recipe

The Juiciest Chicken Breast Recipe…I wanted to come up with a SIMPLE recipe that can be used weekly. Minimal ingredients and quick prep time were high on my priority list.  So after trying many recipes, tweaking them and experimenting more, we finally have a perfect recipe to share with you.  And it works every time.  We have made this recipe 10 times now and feel confident this is a recipe that produces perfection every time you make it.

Juiciest Chicken Breast Recipe

Tender, juicy, and flavorful chicken breasts are a healthy and easy meal to prepare with this recipe.  I cook 4 pieces each time and refrigerate the 2 extra cooked breasts.  It’s amazing, the chicken is still juicy and tender the next day!  It’s baked, but just as good as my mom’s famous pan fried chicken.

Speaking of my Mom’s fried chicken makes my mouth water…it was one of my favorite meals growing up.  We always had mashed potatoes, chicken gravy, macaroni and cheese, and delicious veggies.  You see, I LOVE fried chicken, but I have to eat healthier now.  This baked chicken recipe brings all the juicy flavor, but in a healthier way.

Another reason I needed a moist recipe for chicken, is that I sometimes have trouble swallowing food.  I had to stop eating chicken from Kentucky Fried Chicken because it was always too dry…which reminds me of a birthday a few years ago.  I wanted to have a birthday lunch at the beach, so we bought Kentucky Fried Chicken.  We loaded up the SUV with our sweet Brooksley, the Westie, and headed to Kentucky Fried Chicken.  Then we hurried to the beach park  and as I started eating the 2nd bite,  I was not able to swallow the chicken…seriously…on the second bite.  That chicken was so dry, that it was still stuck in my throat at 7pm.  Almost 7 hours and it had not budged.  Long story short, I ended up in the Emergency Room and had to stay the night so that a surgeon could do a procedure to make it all better the following day.  This is another reason I am so ecstatic about this recipe.  This chicken is so moist, that I have not visited the Emergency Room not one of the 10 times I have had this chicken.

Turn the chicken up on it's side in the pan resting on the pan sides.

Our Juiciest Chicken Breast Recipe ingredients include the following:

  • 4 Chicken Breast Bone-In with Skin
  • 1 Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Fresh Ground Pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil


Begin by adjusting the oven rack to the lower middle position.   Set oven at 325 degrees.  Open chicken package and pat dry the skin with paper towels, then place evenly in baking pan.  I use this All-Clad roasting pan because it fits larger chicken breasts and cooks evenly.  Mix the salt and pepper in a small bowl.  Next, on the narrow ends of the chicken skin, work fingers under skin to separate from the meat without loosening the longer sides. Make sure the skin is still attached. The goal is to create a tunnel.  Now it is time to work the salt and pepper mixture into the tunnel you created till it covers all the meat.

Once the oven reaches 325 degrees, put pan in oven and cook approximately 30-45 minutes for normal sized breasts.  For larger breasts, cook for an hour. Place a frying pan on the oven with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and let it sit on the lowest heat setting as the chicken is baking in the oven. Monitor the temperature until the thickest part of the breast reaches 160 degrees with a meat thermometer.  Remove chicken from oven when the 160 temperature is reached.

Now the magic begins.  we want a crispy golden skin for each breast.  Put each breast with the skin side down in the frying pan on the stovetop.  Raise temperature to medium high.  Cook for 5 minutes.  Now turn each breast on it’s side with the thickest skin face down in the pan.  Balance the chicken by leaning on the side of the pan.  Cook for 3 more minutes until all skin appears golden brown.  Remove promptly from pan and your meal is ready.

Avalon Group's Perfect Chicken Breasts

We hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do!  We have this meal once or twice a week.  We change it up by adding side dipping sauces in small bowls.  Our favorite dip is the Sweet Bourbon Barbecue Sauce that “Sticky Fingers” makes.  Click here to try it for yourself.  Other sauces we use are honey mustard, tzatziki, and teriyaki sauce.  Perfect juicy chicken with yummy sauces.  Or just eat it plain with a little more fresh ground pepper on top.

We love sharing our favorite recipes with all our friends family and Real Estate clients.  If you are looking for a new kitchen to bake this perfect chicken recipe, call 727-262-7920 to speak with Aaron.  We have the top rated Realtor team that is ready to assist you in finding your new home in St. Petersburg, Clearwater, Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Bradenton and Sarasota.

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Raised in a family of creative entrepreneurs, Aaron Hunt, Realtor St Petersburg FL, guides his clients with the same irrepressible spirit he was surrounded by as a kid. A Florida transplant, Aaron relates well to the out-of-state buyers, retirees, and vacation home-dwellers who make up the bulk of his clientele. He makes no secret of his love for St. Petersburg and its neighboring cities and towns, and it fuels his passion for helping buyers find their dream home.

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, Aaron grew up on the West Coast. His family owns hotels throughout California, Idaho, and Las Vegas, which has shaped Aaron’s eye for detail and his mind for business. In his subsequent career in the spa industry, he established a high bar for client service designed to cater to every discerning taste. From pampering spa customers to tending to real estate clients, Aaron knows how to take care of people.

Realtor St Petersburg FL:  Exceeding Expectations

By limiting the number of clients he represents at any given time, he ensures his undivided attention, absorbing every detail so he can deliver outstanding results and exceed expectations. Aaron co-founded Avalon Group, Realtor St Petersburg FL, in 2014 and grew it into the top-rated real estate team in St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay out of over 10,000 agents. Some of Aaron's greatest strengths are organizing and leading complex projects, making deals happen, and driving profit.

Aaron negotiates deftly for his buyers’ ideal homes.  Furthermore,  he attracts multiple enticing offers for his sellers’ properties.   Aaron prepares meticulously for every transaction, thoroughly covering every detail so clients encounter no surprise. He also relies on his dynamic support team and vast professional network to ease every facet of a transaction.  Additionally he makes sure to fulfill specific client needs. Aaron, a broker associate and Pricing Strategy Advisor, satisfies his competitive streak when everyone wins.

Realtor St Petersburg FL:  Living the Tampa Bay Lifestyle

Aaron has been a proud Florida resident since 2013. There’s always something interesting to do in St. Petersburg, and Aaron relishes it, exploring the city, traveling, hiking, biking, and visiting with friends. He also enjoys trying new restaurants in the region, especially in neighborhoods where he has homes listed. Aaron takes time to give back to his community by supporting St. Pete Pride and other annual festivals throughout the area.