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One of the best ways to prepare chicken breasts is by making this easy and simple Parmesan oven-roasted chicken breast recipe. Tender and juicy chicken with a whole lot of flavor.

top view roasted chicken breast in a white dish with lemon garnished. Top right chicken breast is sliced
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Cooking chicken might be a struggle for some because they just sometimes come out too dry and rubbery. I think it all depends on how you cook the chicken. Oven baked Chicken breasts are one of my favorite lean proteins to use in many of our recipes and this roasted chicken breast recipe tops our list. The chicken breast is seasoned with salt and pepper, then coated with the parmesan paste sauce that’s made with light mayo, parmesan cheese, lemon juice, mustard, maple syrup, and Italian seasoning. The parmesan chicken breasts are then roasted in the oven to perfection. Enjoy tender, juicy, and flavorful chicken by making this roasted chicken breast recipe.

Why this chicken breast recipe is perfect

  • Amazing flavor: This oven-roasted chicken breast is out-of-this-world delicious. It is so good you would want to reach for another one.
  • Easy to make: Marinate the chicken and pop it in the oven. This roasted chicken breast recipe is healthy, low in carbs, and high in protein.
  • Family-friendly and great for meal prepping: The kids would love this parmesan chicken breast with some spaghetti, and it is also a great option for meal prepping.
close up sliced roasted chicken breast with sliced lemon garnishes in a white dish

Ingredients you will need

  • Chicken breasts: Use boneless skinless chicken breasts. You may also use boneless and skinless chicken thighs. You can also use skin-on chicken breasts.
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • Mayonnaise: I used light mayonnaise. you can use your favorite healthy brand.
  • Parmesan cheese: grate your own or get store-bought finely grated.
  • Lemon juice: use fresh lemons
  • Mustard: Dijon mustard or honey dijon will work too.
  • Maple syrup: or honey
  • Seasonings: I went with Italian seasoning. You can use any of your favorite herbs, seasonings, or spices like smoked paprika, cajun, chili powder, garlic powder, oregano, or any chicken seasonings of your choice.
  • Fresh thyme to garnish, optional ingredient
  • Oil: I used extra-virgin olive oil for the baking dish.
ingredients to make oven roasted parmesan chicken

How to make oven-roasted chicken breast

Season the chicken with a good pinch of salt and pepper and place it into a ziplock bag.

In a small jug, whisk all the remaining ingredients, except for the olive oil. Pour 1/2 of the sauce over the chicken and stir through the bag. Reserve the remaining half to use as a dip (make sure it doesn’t touch the raw chicken).

chicken breast in ziploc bag with marinade

Marinate chicken for 30 minutes over the counter. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375 F and lightly grease an oven-safe dish with olive oil. You can also just line it with parchment paper.

chicken breast in  a shite baking dish with marinade

Transfer the marinated chicken to an oven-safe dish.

Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165F by using an instant-read thermometer. Slice and serve with the remaining sauce.

top view roasted chicken breast

Recipe notes and tips

  • Serving size: one chicken breast
  • Chicken: use lean chicken breasts with fat trimmed off. If you prefer chicken thighs you can use that instead. Make sure they are boneless and skinless. Cooking time will vary. Cuts down to 20-30 minutes. If you are using large chicken breasts, consider tenderizing it a bit with a meat mallet.
  • Cooking time varies depending on the thickness of the chicken breast. It is best to use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature until it reaches 165F.
  • Honey can be used in place of maple syrup.
  • You can use any other seasoning of choice instead of the Italian seasoning but that’s the seasoning I recommend.
  • Use light or fat-free mayonnaise
  • To keep this roasted chicken breast recipe low carb and keto-friendly, skip the honey/maple syrup
  • Do not overcook the chicken, They would taste so good with some mashed potatoes
side shot of roasted chicken breast

Frequently asked questions

How long does it take to make a chicken breast?

A 4 oz chicken breast will take about 25-30 minutes when baked at 350°F. A larger and thicker piece of chicken breast will require a longer time. Possibly 40-45 minutes. The best way to check if the chicken breast is cooked is to use a food thermometer. Insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F (74˚C).

Do you cover chicken breast when roasting?

No. You do not have to cover the chicken breast when roasting or baking in the oven. If you feel like you must you obviously can, but I recommend uncovering it halfway through the suggested cooking time and allowing it to get that roasted appealing brown look.

What temperature do you cook chicken breast?

You must have a food thermometer for this. The USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recommends that you cook chicken until it reaches an internal temperature of 165˚F (74˚C).

close up of two roasted whole chicken breast and one sliced roasted chicken breast on the right

Storing and Reheating

  • Storing: To store leftovers, place them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. You may also freeze leftovers for up to 3 months.
  • Reheating: Either use the microwave to reheat the chicken or place them in a preheated oven covered in foil wrap and bake for 5-7 minutes until heated through.

What to serve with roasted chicken breast

top view and close up roasted chicken breast

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4.91 from 20 votes

Parmesan Oven-roasted Chicken Breast Recipe

By: Rena
Servings: 4
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
marinate: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour 20 minutes
close up of two roasted whole chicken breast and one sliced roasted chicken breast on the right
Simple oven-roasted Chicken breast recipe with maple syrup parmesan and mustard marinade.

Ingredients

  • 4 x 8oz skinless boneless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 3/4 cup light mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • a few spears of fresh thyme, leaves picked
  • 1 tbsp olive oil or avocado oil

Instructions

  • Season the chicken with a good pinch of salt and pepper and place into a ziplock bag.
  • In a small jug, whisk all the remaining ingredients, except for the olive oil. Pour 1/2 of the sauce over the chicken and stir through the bag. Reserve the remaining half to use as a dip (make sure it doesn't touch the raw chicken).
  • Marinate chicken for 30 minutes over the counter. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 375F and lightly grease an oven-safe dish with olive oil.
  • Transfer the marinated chicken to an oven-safe dish.
  • Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reads 165F.
  • Slice and serve with remaining sauce.

Notes

  • Serving size: one chicken breast
  • Chicken: use lean chicken breasts with fat trimmed off. If you prefer chicken thighs you can use that instead. Make sure they are boneless and skinless. Cooking time will vary. Cuts down to 20-30 minutes.
  • Cooking time varies depending on the thickness of the chicken breast. It is best to use a food thermometer to check the internal temperature until it reaches 165F.
  • Honey can be used in place of maple syrup.
  • You can use any other seasoning of choice instead of the Italian seasoning but that’s the seasoning I recommend.
  • Use light or fat-free mayo
  • Do not overcook the chicken

Nutrition

Calories: 331kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 29gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 90mgSodium: 1260mgPotassium: 485mgFiber: 1gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 207IUVitamin C: 8mgCalcium: 164mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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19 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe & it was delicious,very good flavor. And the dipping sauce was so good. My husband loved it,he said I should make it every week. Thank you for sharing your awesome recipes.

  2. 4 stars
    Tasty but a waste of parmesan. I’d add the parmesan after putting chicken in the baking dish, otherwise the parmesan in the marinade is just thrown out.

  3. 5 stars
    This was delicious! I used dried time & bottled lemon juice since I didn’t have fresh … not sure if it made any difference or not. Give it a try – you will not be disappointed!

  4. 5 stars
    Hands down the best chicken to ever come out of my oven!! What a satisfying meal for people on Keto. I paired it with zucchini noodles and a homemade alfredo sauce. YUM

      1. 5 stars
        I ran across this receipt from searching to breast receipts. Decided to try it. It was so delicious. It will be in our menu often.

  5. 5 stars
    I did exactly what this recipe said to do and am so happy to report it was the most delicious moist and tender chicken breast I’ve ever had. Thank you

  6. 5 stars
    Thanks Rena – I am going to make this on Sunday, with Smashed potatoes and Brussels sprouts. I am looking forward to it. I am 100% it is going to be a 5 star dinner – cheers Karl (in The Netherlands)