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Easy Lemon Herb Baked Chicken Breast is a quick meal that is healthy and oh so delicious! It is perfect for busy schedules or just because it is so good!

Baked Chicken Breasts in a white baking dish topped with lemon slices and chopped parsley.

Chicken is awesome for a quick meal and healthy protein. It can be dressed in so many different ways. We love this lemon herb recipe because it has a little tang and is also savory and filling. We also love this recipe because it is so easy and quick to make. It is seriously a mystery how we get so much flavor out of this simple recipe. It’s great, too, because you can make the marinade in the morning and let the flavor soak in all day and then bake it up, super quick whenever you’re ready to eat. Brilliant!

You will start this recipe by making a quick marinade for the chicken of lemon juice and herbs. You will let this marinate for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours. This is great because you can start it in the morning, and have it ready to bake by dinner time. After that, it is as simple as placing the chicken breasts on a baking pan, layering lemon slices over the top, and baking for about 20 minutes. Voila! Garnish and enjoy. This is so simple and scrumptious. You’re going to love it!

  • How do you keep chicken from drying out while baking?

    The secret to juicy baked chicken breast is to cook it at a high temperature, blasting it with heat over a short period of time. Using a meat thermometer will also keep you from overbaking your chicken which is the most common way to dry out meat. 

  • Can I use other cuts of chicken for this recipe?

    Yes. You could you chicken thighs too or even drumsticks. You’ll need to adjust the cooking time for other cuts of chicken as dark meat takes longer to cook When using another cut of chicken, be sure the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

  • Are the baked, sliced lemons edible?

    Yes. Not only do the lemons add amazing flavor to the chicken, but they taste amazing themselves. Try one and fall in love with the intense lemon flavor!

  • Can I make this ahead of time?

    The marinade can be made fresh up to 8 hours ahead, but it isn’t as good for freezing and thawing, as this will result in dry chicken with poor texture. Same day is best.

Close up view of Baked Chicken Breasts in a white pan topped with lemon slices and parsley.

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Baked Chicken Breasts in a white baking dish topped with lemon slices and chopped parsley.
Easy Lemon Herb Baked Chicken Breast is a quick meal that is healthy and oh so delicious! It is perfect for busy schedules or just because it is so good!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Marinating Time 30 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large lemon thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley (optional)
  • Place chicken breasts in a gallon-size resealable plastic bag. Pour in lemon juice, olive oil, lemon pepper, basil, oregano, and salt. Shake it a bit so that all the chicken gets covered.
  • Let marinate in the fridge for 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Remove the chicken from the marinade and place in a 9x13 pan. Discard any remaining marinade. Place lemon slices on top.
  • Cook chicken for 18-20 minutes, until the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Serve hot. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley (optional).
If you want to add a little color to your chicken breast, once they are done baking, switch the setting on your oven to broil. Allow the chicken to broil for 2 to 3 minutes until lightly browned. 


Serving: 1chicken breast | Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 279mg | Potassium: 511mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 202IU | Vitamin C: 30mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Baked Chicken Breast
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Eric Springer
May 2, 2020 9:30 pm

5 stars
Delicious. Thank you for this easy and awesome recipe.

April 14, 2020 7:52 pm

5 stars
Easy and delicious! Thanks for something different and easy to make during quarantine!!

August 29, 2020 7:23 am

5 stars
I made this chicken last week and it was really good. I accidentally didn’t save it and have been searching for it. I am thankful that I found it incredible so flavorful.

August 23, 2020 3:55 pm

5 stars
Thanks very simple and delicious

Rachel Y Marini
May 18, 2020 1:04 pm

5 stars
Absolutely delicious (as is everything of yours that I have made so far)! My son was at work the day I made this so the next day I was eating the leftovers and he kept stealing bites from my plate. “Mom, this is delicious! So juicy! And how did you cook it? You got those lemon slices browned just like a professional!”
This one is a winner for sure!

Jane Dannels
March 1, 2020 4:35 pm

5 stars
Very easy to make and yummy too!

December 17, 2019 1:31 pm

5 stars
Quick and easy good one

November 13, 2020 7:27 pm

3 stars
The chicken was severely undercooked. My advice is to cook it an extra 20 minutes.

November 18, 2020 2:13 pm
Reply to  Nikki

So I have been cooking mass chicken breast in this manner for years. Likely 8-16 a week, 4 at a time. I do 450F for 18 minutes exactly and they always come out perfect. The only one time this didn’t work for me was when I used a friends convection bake oven which doesn’t cook even close to the same. Is it possible this is what you were cooking your chicken in? If thats not the case, maybe put a thermometer in your oven to make sure its getting to the correct temp. Hope this helps. Have a great day!

January 8, 2021 6:54 pm
Reply to  Chad

Do you use a glass dish or metal cake pan? I used a glass dish and had the same issue as Nikki. Severely undercooked. I had to put them back in for another 20 min, then they were perfect!

December 29, 2020 5:35 am
Reply to  Nikki

Preheat your oven ahead of time before you prepare your chicken if you’re not doing this. Thank you.

Kathy Huempfner
May 31, 2020 7:39 pm

Very tasty!

May 31, 2020 12:54 pm

Is there any substitute for lemon pepper? Thank you

February 4, 2020 9:04 pm

5 stars
Very good! My whole family loved it and the chicken was very juicy. Thank you for the simple recipe.

Tony Girard
December 21, 2019 9:59 am

5 stars
I’m going to try this right away! Sounds awesome!

Christine D.
December 17, 2019 9:24 pm

5 stars
This was delicious and so easy to make. I didn’t have all of the spices and it was still amazing! I was surprised how lemony it tastes even though I marinated it for only 2 hours. Everyone in my family ate it all! This is definitely going to be a staple in our home. Thank you!

Jeni Herman
January 12, 2021 6:48 pm

5 stars

December 16, 2020 5:01 pm

5 stars
I made tonight for my family and it was a hit!!!

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