Simple Baked Chicken

There are two types of dinner people.  The kind who thumb through cookbooks, endlessly pin recipes, and create the weekly meal plan based on these recipes.  And the kind who keeps it super simple, eats leftovers when they are on hand and doesn’t waste unnecessary time (or doesn’t have time!) to make new recipes every night.  Whichever type of person you are, this Simple Baked Chicken recipe is a recipe to keep in your back pocket.

Simple Baked Chicken

I am definitely the former.  Each week, I find myself scouring my post-it note-marked cookbooks and pinterest boards in hopes to bring something new to the table (literally!).  Getting creative in the kitchen is therapeutic to me, which is why I have such a joy for food, nutrition and sharing it with all of you!

While I adore preparing a meal, there are definitely aspects that I prefer to keep simple and like to prep ahead with.  For example, lunch is usually leftovers tossed over some greens or a portion of this Simple Roasted Chicken over fresh vegetables.

This is a wonderful roasted chicken recipe because it eliminates all the fluff making it simple enough for those not very adventurous or comfortable in the kitchen, fast enough for those with no time and hungry mouths to feed, and juicy enough to satisfy all.

Simple Baked Chicken

I wrote this recipe for one chicken breast, which typically yields two servings in our household but you can easily make a larger batch if you have a larger family or plan to use the chicken in multiple meals.

Our favorite ways to enjoy this simple roasted chicken are:

The seasoning we typically use is sea salt and pepper or a homemade herb salt blend I have on hand.  Nothing too crazy, and you can alter the seasoning to suit your tastes.

Simple Baked Chicken

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My favorite, simple way to bake chicken.
Recipe type: chicken, dinner, simple, gluten free, grain free, low FODMAP, dairy free, whole 30, paleo
Serves: 2 servings
  • 1 chicken breast
  • salt and pepper to taste (or desired seasonings)
  • water
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Place the chicken breast in an 8x8 inch baking dish.
  3. Fill the baking dish with water until the water is about a half an inch high. It should not cover the chicken.
  4. Sprinkle salt and pepper or desired seasonings on the chicken.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until the chicken has an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Serve immediately or allow to cool and store in the fridge in a covered container 3-4 days.
This recipe is easily doubled or tripled. Just make sure to increase the pan size.
You can season this dish in any way you want.

Simple Baked Chicken

Question of the Day:

  • What kind of dinner-maker/meal planner are you?  


  1. Because of my on the go schedule, simple is best right now. I would love to get more creative in the kitchen, but lately the creative aspect of cooking is on the back burner- pun intended 😉 I like making a batch of chicken breast week to have for meals- will have to give this cooking method a go!

    • Tara Deal Rochford says:

      I feel ya on the go go go, Sarah! Good luck getting it all done 🙂 I am sure you are crushing it!

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