Bake Chicken With Bone


Bake Chicken With Bone is one of the super simple recipes that has become very famous in my family. Our family loves to eat this dish because in it is just less than 5 minutes preparation and cooking time. I love this dish, smell of fresh rosemary gives a zest while the flavour of lemon makes it amazing. You will be amazed on how little work can produce such a tasty meal.

How To Make the Easiest Baked Chicken

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This simple chicken recipe is, far and away, the easiest way to cook our favorite poultry that I know. You hardly need a recipe: just toss a mix of chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks with a bit of olive oil, salt, and pepper, then roast for about a half an hour. No flipping, no fussing, no nothing — and you can pile everything on a serving tray without the bother of pulling out the carving board. So smart.

This is the kind of recipe that belongs in your core arsenal as a home cook. It’s perfect for a crowd or when you want to cook a bunch of chicken for meals during the week, and it’s very easy to mix it up with fun spices or marinades. Here’s our step-by-step recipe for roasting chicken pieces.

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Why This Method Works

As much as I love roasting a whole chicken, I’ve found that it’s not always the best if you’re cooking for more than a few people or if you want leftovers for other meals. In so many ways, roasting a bunch of chicken pieces is so much more practical — it’s faster (only taking about 30 minutes), everyone gets what they want (no fighting over drumsticks), there’s no carving required, and there are plenty of leftovers. You can also buy a bunch of chicken pieces when they’re on sale, stash them in the freezer, and then quickly thaw and roast for an easy weeknight dinner.

You can use a mix of chicken breasts, thighs, and drumsticks, or just roast a whole sheet pan filled with your favorite. With thighs and drumsticks, you can buy bone-in, skin-on pieces or boneless, skinless pieces; the meat is rich and fatty enough to cook fine either way. However, if you’re cooking chicken breasts, definitely buy bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts just become dry and stringy with this cooking method.

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How Long to Cook Chicken Pieces

Cooking time is generally 20 to 30 minutes, or until the chicken registers 165°F in the thickest part. Amazingly, all the chicken pieces wind up cooking at about the same rate — dark meat pieces cook a bit slower than white meat, but the thickness of the breast meat means everything finishes around the same time.

If the chicken finishes cooking before the skin is as crispy as you like it, run the baking sheet under the broiler for a few minutes. This will get the skin golden and crispy without severely overcooking the meat.

Ways to Switch It Up

The recipe below is very basic — just olive oil, salt, and pepper. It’s fantastic, but if you make chicken on any regular basis, you’ll want to switch things up. You can marinate the chicken in a bit of olive oil and vinegar, or throw in any blend of spices that strikes your fancy. A few of our favorite combinations are in the box below.

You can also roast some vegetables along with the chicken for a very easy sheet-pan dinner. The vegetables roast in the chicken fat and juices, becoming tender and oh-so-succulent. Use less chicken (around 3 pounds) to be sure there’s enough room on the tray for the veggies. I love doing this with butternut squash, potatoes, broccoli, and cauliflower.

Favorite Ways to Make Basic Chicken Amazing

  • Minced garlic + cider vinegar + fresh rosemary + honey
  • Honey + mustard
  • Lemon + minced garlic
  • Honey + chili powder + cider vinegar
  • Yogurt + cumin + coriander
  • Soy sauce + miso + ginger + minced garlic + sesame oil

How To Make the Easiest Baked Chicken

How To Make the Easiest Baked Chicken

YIELDMakes 10 to 12 servingsShow Nutrition


  • 3 to 5 pounds mixed chicken parts (bone-in, skin-on if using chicken breasts)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper



  • Mixing bowl
  • Baking sheet


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F: Pat the chicken dry using paper towels and transfer to a mixing bowl.
  2. Toss the chicken with olive oil, salt, and pepper: Start with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add more if needed to coat each piece. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss until the pieces are evenly seasoned.
  3. Arrange the chicken on a baking sheet: Transfer the seasoned chicken pieces to a baking sheet and arrange them skin-up in a single layer with a bit of space between each piece.
  4. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes: The chicken is done when opaque all the way through and the meat registers at least 165°F in the thickest part.
  5. Broil for extra-crispy skin: If you’d like the skin to be a bit more crispy and golden, turn on the broiler for 2 to 3 minutes. Monitor the chicken closely and remove the tray when the skin is as crispy as you like it.
  6. Leftovers can be refrigerated for up to 5 days or frozen for 3 months.

Baked Bone-In Chicken Breast

This recipe for perfectly baked bone-in chicken breast is a simple way to prepare chicken for meal prep, chicken salads, chicken soup and more. Chicken is baked until tender, juicy and golden brown. A super-easy way to cook bone-in chicken breasts with delicious results every time!

baked bone-in chicken breast on a baking sheet

Chicken breasts are so versatile to cook with – they’re lean, inexpensive, and pair well with so many different flavors. One of the easiest ways to prepare this cut of meat is by making baked chicken breast. With just 5 minutes of prep time required, it’s quick and delicious!

Bone-in chicken breast is super simple to make and comes out moist and juicy each and every time. The key is to maintain a relatively low temperature (in this case 350ºF) so the meat doesn’t dry out.

Keeping the bone in and skin on is another secret to keeping your lean chicken breasts moist and juicy.

You can certainly enjoy it as is, but I like to add it to my weekend meal prep so I can use it as a head start ingredient for a busy week.  It’s great in avocado chicken salad, sonoma chicken salad, green chicken soup and rotisserie chicken salad (just to name a few!).

How Do You Make Baked Bone-In Chicken Breast?

This recipe could not be easier! Place the chicken breast on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle avocado oil over the topSeason generously with salt and pepper and feel free to add any other favorite seasoning. Other seasoning options are smoked paprika, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and/or onion powder. Bake the chicken for about 45 minutes and until the internal temperature reaches 165ºF and the chicken is cooked through.

Tips For Perfectly Baked Bone-In Chicken Breast

  • Choose bone-in chicken breasts that are close to the same size, so that they cook at the same rate.
  • You can double or even triple this recipe to have more prepared chicken on-hand, as needed.
  • Olive oil may be substituted for avocado oil.
  • This technique also works well with bone-in chicken thighs.
  • You can add some vegetables to the pan to cook along with the chicken. Some of our favorites include carrots, potatoes, broccoli, asparagus and zucchini. You may need to remove the veggies before the chicken is completely cooked, depending on what veggies you use.
cooked bone-in chicken breast on a baking sheet pan


This is a basic recipe for baked bone-in chicken breast, but you can add other herbs and spices to the mix to customize this dish to your tastes.

  • Mexican Chicken: Rub a mix of 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika, 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder, 1/4 teaspoon onion powder, and a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes over the chicken before baking.
  • Italian Chicken: Use 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese, 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano and 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice as a chicken topping.
  • Moroccan Chicken: Add 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon as a rub for the chicken.
sliced chicken on a small plate

How Do You Know When Chicken Is Done Cooking?

Check to see if your chicken is done cooking by either cutting into it, or using a meat thermometer. If you cut into the chicken, there should be no pink remaining and the juices should run clear. The most accurate way to tell if your chicken is done is to use a thermometer. Insert a probe thermometer into the thickest part of the chicken breast. To be considered safe to eat, the temperature should be at least 165ºF.

Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts (Bone-In)

Bone-In, Oven Baked, Split Chicken Breasts are an easy weeknight meal with crispy skin, or perfect for any recipe calling for cooked chicken!

You can make Baked Chicken ThighsOven Baked and Rice Casserole or crispy Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts with the bone in for a delicious, juicy dinner that the whole family will enjoy, and you won’t have to bribe your kids to eat. It’s really easy to prepare, only takes about 35 minutes to cook, and keeps well for lunch tomorrow.

Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts on plate with sides

Oven Baked Chicken is one of those back pocket recipes you should keep bookmarked for all the recipes that have ever called for cooked chicken. It’s simple, delicious and makes a great built in sauce that you can make into a quick gravy (melt 2 tablespoons butter and whisk in 2 tablespoons flour then add in the chicken cooking liquid and whisk well until you have a creamy gravy).

Even better, serve that chicken and gravy over delicious Homemade Biscuits or with Homemade Dinner Rolls.

This chicken recipe is really easy to prepare, all you have to do is preheat the oven and rub split chicken breasts with kosher salt, pepper, and vegetable oil, put the chicken pieces skin side up on a baking sheet and let them bake.

Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts (Bone-In)

Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts (Bone-In)

The cooking time is extremely reasonable for a roasted chicken breast recipe, and they come out a delicious golden brown and crispy. Don’t worry about the oven drying out the split breasts either, they end up being extremely juicy and full of flavor.

It’s the perfect recipe for making a Classic Chicken Salad or Chicken Casserole too!

How to Make Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190.5 degrees C.)
  • Season chicken with salt, pepper and vegetable oil and place in baking pan.
  • Cook chicken for 30-35 minutes until the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 degrees F (73.8 degrees C).
Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts Collage of prep and baking steps

Frequently Asked Questions

What spices and seasonings can I used on Oven Baked Chicken Breasts?

What can I do with leftover bone-in chicken breasts?

What kinds of sauces would taste great with Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts?

When are Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts safe to eat?

Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts sliced on plate with sides

Bone In vs. Boneless Chicken Breasts

Why choose one over the other? That really depends on what the overall texture you’re going for. Boneless chicken gets more tender and is easier to eat, since you don’t have to pick through the bones to get to the good stuff. Skin-on bone-in chicken is delicious because of how flavorful and crispy the skin gets. That crispness doesn’t make the insides dry, it actually helps keep the meat juicy and moist.

You also have the added benefit of the flavor the bone provides as the chicken roasts. There is a lot of flavor in bones (this comes from bone marrow) and as the chicken bakes the marrow comes out of the bones and into the chicken.

What to Serve with Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts

How to Store Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts

  • Serve: Never leave cooked chicken out at room temperature for longer than about 2 hours or it can make you very sick. Make sure to always allow the meat to cool to room temperature before you refrigerate it, or it can still grow bacteria and make you ill.
  • Store: To properly refrigerate your baked chicken, put it in something that can be completely sealed, like plastic wrap or tupperware. When completely sealed, Baked Split Chicken Breasts will be good for up to 3 days before they go bad.
  • Freeze: Frozen cooked chicken is good for up to 6 months, as long as it doesn’t thaw out or it isn’t just sitting bare on the shelf. Make sure you seal it up good, or you’ll regret it when you try to thaw it and it’s completely freezer burned.

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