Baked Chicken Breasts

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A perfect, juicy Baked Chicken Breast recipe topped with crispy panko-parmesan crumbs are flavorful and delicious!

Baked Chicken Breasts
Baked Chicken Breasts

The secret to making these Baked Chicken Breasts super juicy is brining the chicken in saltwater and spreading a little mayo on the chicken before baking (trust me!). It’s then topped with a little panko and parmesan for a tasty chicken dinner the whole family will love! If you want more healthy baked chicken breast recipes, try this Baked Chicken Parmesan or Chicken Rollatini.

Baked Chicken Breast with Panko-Parmesan Crumb Topping

This oven-baked chicken reminds me of Shake and Bake but in a good way. I discovered Shake and Bake, or maybe it was Oven Fry when my parent’s friend invited me over for dinner as a kid. My parents never cooked from packages so it was my first time trying it, and I loved it. Here, I use mayo to help the “shake and bake” panko mixture stick to the chicken. And instead of breading the whole chicken breast, I just bread the top, which makes it super easy.

What is the best way to brine chicken breasts?

If you’ve never brined chicken before, it’s easier than you may think! Brining is the process of letting meat sit in saltwater to tenderize it.

1. To make the brine, stir a quarter cup of salt into six cups of water.
2. Add your chicken and refrigerate for an hour or two.
3. Once the time is up, remove the chicken from the water, pat dry with paper towels, and pour out the water.

How long does it take to bake chicken breasts?

I bake these chicken breasts in the oven at 425 degrees for 24 to 28 minutes. Cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of your chicken. I always recommend checking the internal temperature of the chicken with a meat thermometer. Once it reaches 165 degrees, it’s ready.


  • Protein: Swap the boneless skinless chicken breasts for bone-in ones or pork chops. Cooking times will vary, so just keep an eye on it and
    periodically check the temperature.
  • Spices: Play around with the spice mixture to switch up the flavors. You could add chili or onion powder or omit any spices that you don’t have.

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Baked Chicken Breasts

271 Cals 40 Protein 5 Carbs 9 Fats
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
brine time: 1 hr
Total Time: 1 hr 35 mins
Yield: 4 servings
COURSE: Dinner
CUISINE: American
Perfect, juicy Baked Chicken Breasts topped with crispy panko-parmesan crumbs are flavorful and delicious!


  • 4 6 ounce boneless skinless chicken breasts , preferably organic
  • kosher salt, Diamond Crystal Kosher, if using Morton's or table salt use half
  • 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1/3 cup seasoned Panko Breadcrumbs, OR gluten free pankp
  • 2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges for serving


  • Pound the thicker end of the chicken to make both sides leveled out so they cook evenly.
  • Fill a large bowl with 6 cups of water and add 1/4 cup Diamond Crystal kosher salt, stir to dissolve. (if using table salt, or sea salt, or Mortons, use half)
  • Add the chicken breasts to the water and let them sit, refrigerated at least 1 hour, or up to 2 to brine.
  • Remove from water, pat dry with paper towels and discard the water.
  • Preheat oven 425F degrees. Spray a 9 x 12 baking dish with olive oil.
  • In a small bowl combine 3/4 teaspoon salt, with the remaining spices. Rub the spice mix over the chicken and transfer to the baking dish.
  • Spread the mayonnaise evenly over the top of each breast then sprinkle with panko and Parmesan. Spray the top with olive oil spray.
  • Bake until chicken reaches a minimum internal temperature of 165 degrees, 24-27 minutes.
  • While the chicken bakes, slice lemon into wedges and serve with chicken.



You can brine ahead and drain, refrigerate overnight if needed before baking.


Serving: 1breast, Calories: 271kcal, Carbohydrates: 5g, Protein: 40g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 129mg, Sodium: 170mg, Sugar: 0.5g
Keywords: baked chicken breasts, juicy baked chicken breasts



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  1. Waaaay too salty 

    • Did you use regular table salt, and maybe forget to half it?

    • I skipped the brining because I used kosher chicken. I only used 3/4 tsp kosher salt in the rub as written and found it waaaaay too salty as well. Maybe it’s the parmesan cheese that’s salty? Next time, and there will be a next time because it was great, I’ll skip the 3/4 tsp salt.

  2. This “Baked Chicken” was quick and easy! Moist, delicious flavor with crunch.! Love all skinny taste and plan my meals around her recipes. Thank you, Gina, for helping to make feeding my family so enjoyable!

  3. This was AWESOME and super easy. Definitely a keeper!

  4. How do I keep the breading from falling off and sticking to the baking sheet? I sprayed it with olive oil and still had it happen.

    • Hi. Just made this tonight. The mayonnaise was the glue – I spread the mayo on the tops, patted the Panko/Parmesan mixture on top, then sprayed tops with Olive Oil. No place for the coating to go. Do it again. 👍

  5. This was absolutely delicious!  The brine made the chicken so tender!  I’ll definitely be making this again. 

  6. Wow!  This was absolutely DELICIOUS!! Loved by all.  Didn’t change a thing. 

  7. This was so easy and delicious! 
    I skipped the brine because I didn’t have time tonight, but i will definitely add that step next time! 
    I also shredded my parm a little finer than I think I would next time, but it still came out great! Flavorful and juicy and you cannot beat the ease of this. 

  8. Superb! One of the best tasting recipes I’ve used for chicken, and it was already requested to make it again soon before we even finished our meal!! 😋

    Only variation I made was to use smoked paprika, because that is what I had on hand. 

  9. Superb! One of the best tasting recipes I’ve used for chicken, and it was already requested to make it again before we even finished our meal!!

  10. Delicious and easy! I used Greek yogurt instead of Mayo and it worked perfectly. Also forgot the lemon at dinner so will try it with leftovers! Served with balsamic zucchini. 

  11. I’m not usually a fan of using chicken breasts since they tend to get dry, but I’m so glad I tried this recipe. The mayo seems to help keep the chicken juicy, and the crunch of the panko and parmesan is just delightful. I will definitely be making this again.

  12. This was delicious, but the measurements are way off. I had 59 double the amount of spices, Mayo and panko.  I didn’t have any reduced fat mayo, so I used 1 tbs of Mayo and .5 tbs plain Greek yogurt (and then I ended up doubling that mix).

    They were not as tender as I hoped, but I only had an hour to brine. I will do 2 hours for sure next time. 

  13. I made this today for my wife and me. It was one of the best recipes for chicken breast that we’ve come across. We agreed that I’ll fix it for our family the next time we’re all together. Usually I follow a recipe exactly the first time, and then adjust it to make it more to our liking. I won’t be changing anything in this one. Thanks.

  14. I used pork chops instead of chicken and grated parm instead of shredded and it came out delish. I didn’t brine them because I didn’t have the time and they still came out very tender. Next time I’d add more salt and seasoning. Super easy, yummy dinner. 

  15. Does anyone know if you can freeze these after they are cooked?

  16. You guys. I’ve been making Skinnytaste recipes for over 6 years, and this is my first recipe comment… you HAVE TO try this chicken recipe. It is INCREDIBLE!!!! I made some mods. I skipped the salt brine (honestly did not miss it at all, was plenty salty), and I almost always double spices in any Skinnytaste recipe.

    I also changed up the spices a little bit— I used the paprika, garlic powder, salt, and then added a little thyme, and a mushroom umami spice that I have (left out the parsley for personal preference). And this was the best baked chicken I’ve ever eaten. I think it’s the mayo— it really locks in the moisture as it cooks, and we use a digital meat thermometer to cook meats to perfection. Served ours with sauteed mushrooms and a side salad. *chefs kiss* Can’t WAIT to eat this again.

  17. Delicious! Everyone loved them. 

  18. Absolutely awesome! Don’t skip a step. The brining followed by spice rub really made a huge difference.  
    Delicious 🤤  Juicy and full of flavor!  
    Just printed and slipped in my Book of Inspiration.  Yes, I keep an old fashioned recipe notebook.  

  19. This was delicious – my first time to brine chicken breasts and they definitely were juicy. The only change I would make is I think I will mix the parmesan in with the panko – I put it on the top and it got a little crispy.

  20. These are easy to make, TOTALLY DELICIOUS, and already a most requested recipe in my house. Foods like these make WW dinner prep easy. SO, SO good. Also, I HATE mayonnaise and don’t even notice it in this recipe. If you hate it too, have no fear! It magically disappears during the cooking process.

  21. Great flavor, juicy – amazing! 

  22. Are the calories correct on this recipe? A raw 6 oz chicken breast is 276 calories before adding the mayo, bread crumbs and cheese. I am looking forward to making this and just wanted to confirm the calories. Thanks.

  23. Even the pickiest eater in our house ate these! Actually he came back for seconds. (And when I say picky I mean we can count the foods he will eat on our fingers!) This was so incredibly simple and used ingredients that I almost always have on hand. I used olive oil mayonnaise.

  24. A family hit! Used sour cream instead of mayonnaise because of an intolerance and it was still delish! I also missed the Morton’s Salt cut in half direction but I realized my error before mixing up the other spices so I just omitted the 3/4 tsp in the spice mix. 

  25. Can you brine the chicken longer than 1-2 hours or would it get too salty? My thought is to start brining it in the morning before work and then cook for dinner. Anyone have any thoughts? Appreciate the help!

  26. If I use kosher chicken breasts, do I still need to brine?

  27. This will be my new go-to baked chicken recipe! Perfectly juicy and we loved the crust on top. I didn’t have panko, so I just subbed Italian breadcrumbs. I served it over Caesar salad and the whole family devoured it. I did use Morton’s kosher salt and missed to use half because it was not written into the directions, and I just skimmed over the ingredients list. Totally my fault, but it was too salty. Not ruined, but would have been much better if i had seen to use half. Now I know for next time! 

  28. Really great recipe.  I didn’t have time to brine the chicken and it still turned out great.  Next time I’ll brine it.

  29. Don’t make the same mistake I did. I used Morton’s Course Kosher salt and did not realize it said to us HALF for the brine. Mine came out way too salty. Otherwise it definitely had potential to be really good. Will try this again soon.

    • Yes, mortons has twice the sodium.

      • Can you brine the chicken longer than 1-2 hours or would it get too salty? My thought is to start brining it in the morning before work and then cook for dinner. Anyone have any thoughts? Appreciate the help!

      • Yeah the instructions are a bit misleading. If I didn’t read these comments, I’d be in the same pickle. You should revise this step in the instructions to make it more clear.

      • The ingredients say to use half if using mortons.

  30. I did this recipe in the air fryer 6-8 minutes @380. I butterflied the chicken breast since
    I did not have time to brine, and prepared as per recipe. It was amazing and so quick. I will be adding this to my week night rotation

  31. Hi! Kind of a silly question but if the kosher salt I have is coarse, do I still use the same amount? Thank you!!

  32. Easy, delicious, and healthy recipe for a quick weeknight chicken dinner.

  33. Seriously delicious! I’m SO happy to see WW Personal Points with your fine recipes!

  34. Do you think you can use chicken tenders?  Would you need to brine?

  35. I love SkinnyTaste for healthy recipes. This was the juiciest chicken breast that I have tasted, even though I only brined for 30 minutes.

    My mayo-parmesan-breadcrumb crust turned out to be soggy though it was still very yummy. Next time, I will try a lighter hand while adding mayo.

    I served it with roasted asparagus and pickled radishes. Hubby and toddler couldn’t stop eating it!!

    Thanks for another winning recipe, that will be in regular rotation at our home.

  36. Do you use regular mayo or light?

  37. Delicious! I made this for dinner tonight and the whole family loved it. My chicken breasts were quite large so I added 3 minutes to the cook time and broiled for 2 1/2 minutes for extra crispyness!

  38. Made this tonight according to recipe. It did not brown at all. Sprayed with olive oil. Looks very unappetizing but can’t leave it cooking any longer

  39. Made this tonight…wowza delish!! I am not a big Mayo eater so was a bit skeptical about using it ..but so much flavor in the spices and panko/cheese mix didn’t know the Mayo was there ….will make again !

  40. Is the mayo in the recipe regular or light?

  41. Did the all the WW points go away? I don’t see them anymore.

    • There’s a little orange square right under the print button at the top of the recipe? If you tap that it will go to your Weight Watchers app and give you the points.

  42. Any suggestions on something besides mayo to use (egg allergy)?

  43. From past experience with a ST recipe that calls for brining, the brand of salt matters. Morton is much saltier, so do use the Diamond Crystal kosher salt.

  44. Can you make this with chicken thighs instead?

  45. What could I substitute for the mayo? Im just not a mayo fan.  I use your recipes ALL THE TIME.  Best recipes ever!! 

  46. I know everyone is in the ww new bandwagon but I am still doing blue freestyle and will not go to tye new one. How many blue points in this

  47. Has anyone tried pickle juice instead of brine? I did once and it tasted like baked pickle chicken. 
    It’s a “secret” from Chick FileA apparently. 

  48. I really really wanted to love this dish. Is 3/4 teaspoons of salt correct?? Next time I make this I will adjust the salt to at least half that. 

  49. Yummy

  50. Can you make this in an air fryer? If so, does the chicken need to be sprayed with olive oil and at what temp and for how long? Thanks! 

    • I intend to do it in the air fryer and yes, it will need to be sprayed and cooked at 350 for about 10 minutes till it registers 165. I’ll also brine it in pickle juice, haven’t decided on dill or bread and butter.

    • curious too!

    • I did it in the air fryer at 360 for about 12-13 minutes after preheating. My chicken breasts were fairly big but that didn’t stop me from eating a whole one. 😂 

    • Will light Mayo work or will it alter the end result ?   Also, do I rinse the chicken after brining ?   I’m excited to try this .  

  51. Excited to make this! Is there something I can use instead of mayo to get the panko to stick?