The Best Easy Bone-in Chicken Breasts

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Tired of boring boneless chicken? Try this recipe for bone-in chicken breasts! It’s simple to make and with just a few minutes of preparation, you’ll have tender, juicy chicken with plenty of flavor. This is great with some roasted or mashed potatoes, butternut squash, or a side of fresh vegetables. Add a generous drizzle of the pan juices for a succulent, flavorful, easy-to-make meal.

Notes About The Ingredients

This recipe was created for bone-in breasts specifically, and substituting with boneless skinless breasts isn’t recommended. The chicken gains lots of flavor and moisture from the bone and the skin, and they’re a crucial part of why the chicken comes out so delicious.

bone-in chicken breast

I always recommend using good quality spices because they play such an important role in cooking. With such a simple recipe like this, good spices are important and will determine the outcome of the recipe. Always check to be sure that your spices aren’t expired, and use a reputable brand from your supermarket.

Don’t Overcook The Chicken

You never want to overcook chicken because it will be dry and unpleasant to eat. This chicken comes out juicier and more moist than skinless breasts, but it will still get dry if you overcook it. You’ll want to cook your chicken to an internal temperature of 165°F, which is easy to achieve if you have a meat thermometer. I rely heavily on my Thermopro Meat Thermometer, and I can’t recommend it enough if you don’t already have one.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is bone-in chicken better than boneless?

I find that bone-in, skin-on chicken breast is juicier and has much more flavor than boneless chicken breasts. Bone-in breasts are delicious and my preference if they’re being used as the main star of the meal.

Is bone-in chicken healthier than boneless?

The bone itself does not make the chicken less healthy, it’s the skin that contains fats. Bone-in, skin-on chicken has been vilified for years as being unhealthy, but some studies show that it contains healthy unsaturated fats.

Is bone-in chicken cheaper than boneless?

Priced per pound, bone-in chicken is always cheaper. It takes less work to process bone-in chicken, which means it costs less for the consumer.

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The Best Easy Bone-in Chicken Breasts

A simple recipe for tender, delicious chicken with crispy skin and flavorful pan juices.
Servings 4
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 45 mins


  • 3 lbs bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts approximate weight. Use 4 bone-in breasts
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Preheat your oven to 425°F.
  • Pat the skin of your chicken breasts dry with a paper towel. This helps the skin get nice and crispy. I like to slide a small pad of nondairy butter under the skin of each breast, but it's not required.
  • Combine your spices in a small bowl.
  • Place your chicken into a large roasting pan and drizzle it with the olive oil. Rub the oil evenly over the skin using a meat brush or your hand.
  • Sprinkle each breast evenly with the spices.
  • Roast the chicken for about 40 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165­°F.
  • Let the chicken rest for 10 minutes. You can cut the meat off the bone, and drizzle it with the pan juices.
Calories: 533kcal
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, dairy free, gluten free


Calories: 533kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 57g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 16g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 174mg | Sodium: 754mg | Potassium: 614mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 295IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 36mg | Iron: 2mg
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