Baking times at 425° F for chicken breast can vary depending on the breast’s size and the oven. Chicken breasts can weigh between 4-10 ounces, meaning they could take 14-24 minutes to bake. At the same time, there are boneless or bone-in chicken breasts. While boneless skinless chicken breasts take less time to bake, bone-in chicken breasts bake for up to 4 minutes longer.
Oven temperature may vary from oven to oven. Older ovens are less reliable, while new ones keep the temperature to the desired level more reliably. If relying on the baking time chart below, you should keep that in mind. It’s helpful to have an instant-read thermometer to check the breast’s internal temperature.
I’ll show you how long to bake chicken breasts at 425 without drying them out. As you may know, baking times differ depending on the oven temperature. Make sure to follow a detailed baking guide at the end of the article. It provides many helpful baking tips for oven baking at 425°F.
How long does it take to bake chicken breast at 425 degrees Fahrenheit?
Below you’ll find chicken breast baking times at 425 degrees Fahrenheit. For reference, I’m using a 7-ounce breast. Since chicken comes in many different sizes, add or subtract a couple of minutes for every additional ounce.
|Skinless chicken breast uncovered||14-24 minutes.|
|Uncovered chicken breast with a skin||14-24 minutes.|
|Chicken breast covered||13-21 minutes.|
|Chicken breast in an air fryer||13-21 minutes.|
|Bone-in chicken breast||16-26 minutes.|
|Baking frozen chicken breast||55 minutes.|
What is the baked chicken breast temperature?
Chicken breast baked at 425 degrees Fahrenheit must reach an internal temperature of 165°F. The USDA (U.S. DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE) provides these temperature guidelines.
Track chicken breast temperature using a meat thermometer. A video tutorial below explains how to insert it properly to check the temp:
How to bake chicken breasts at 425° F without drying them out?
Oven at 425° Fahrenheit bakes chicken breast at a fast rate. Therefore if you do not want to dry out chicken breast, it’s best to use the baking time chart above or keep an eye on the internal temperature of the meat.
You minimize the risk of overcooking the chicken breast using a marinade, dry brine, or wet brine. Breast is white meat; unlike dark chicken meat, it’s not as forgiving when overcooked. It becomes dry and chewy. Not only does a marinade or a brine make chicken taste better it also makes overcooking more forgiving.
For dry brine, you’ll need kosher salt. Rub chicken breast with a generous amount of kosher salt and place it in a container or wrap it in plastic wrap. Leave it in a fridge overnight. If you do not have much time, 4 hours is enough for the brine to work. Salt will draw out moisture from the chicken breast, creating a salty brine. The chicken breast will reabsorb the salty brine, causing muscle fibers to unravel and swell. It’ll make the breast incredibly juicy and tender.
To make wet brine, mix 25 grams of kosher salt with a liter of water. Stir until salt is dissolved. Submerge the chicken breasts and leave them overnight to tenderize. If short on time, 4 hours is enough for the wet brine to tenderize the breast.
Marinade chicken breasts with buttermilk. Place chicken breasts in a ziplock bag or container and pour over buttermilk with a few tablespoons of kosher salt. Give it a good shake and place it in a fridge overnight. Acidic ingredients are excellent for tenderizing meat.
Read this article to learn more about alternative chicken breast tenderizing methods.
How to bake chicken breast at 425° Fahrenheit
Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to bake chicken breasts at 425° Fahrenheit in the oven:
- Brine or marinade chicken breasts at least 4 hours before baking. It’ll make chicken breasts extremely juicy and tender. Above I explained how to dry brine, wet brine, and marinade.
- Bring chicken breasts to room temperature for at least 20-30 minutes before baking them. It’ll allow them to cook evenly throughout. Cold breasts overcook on the outside while the inside of the breast is still undercooked. Breasts at room temperature gradually and evenly reach 165° Fahrenheit.
- Before baking chicken breasts, remove moisture from the meat’s exterior using a paper towel. It’ll allow breasts to brown much better.
- Preheat the oven to 425° Fahrenheit.
- This step is optional. Preheat the pan on a stovetop over medium-high heat. Add two tablespoons of light olive oil and place chicken breasts into the pan. Sear breasts for two minutes on each side until caramelized. It’ll make the exterior crispy while the interior remains juicy and tender.
- Place chicken breast on a baking dish or baking sheet and slide it into the oven on a middle shelf. Bake chicken breasts for 10-12 minutes before checking their internal temperature. Continue baking chicken breasts until it reaches 160° Fahrenheit. Remove from the oven and let it rest. It’ll cook for a couple of minutes off the heat source and reach 165° Fahrenheit. This process is known as carryover cooking.
- Rest and serve. Resting is essential because it’ll allow chicken juice to redistribute throughout the interior.
Chicken breast is lean meat and therefore tends to overcook fast. Tracking baking time or internal temperature is essential. If you leave it in the oven for 3-5 minutes longer than it should, it’s enough to impact the flavor and texture of the chicken breast. On the other hand, dark chicken meat takes longer to bake despite weighing less. While baking whole chicken is even more time-consuming, some parts bake faster than others.