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For how long and at what temp do I bake chicken breasts?

Asked by jetblondie (147 points ) September 26th, 2011

I have two boneless, skinless chicken breasts that I’ve been marinating for not quite 48 hours. I just want to bake them. I’ve heard 350 for 20 min, I’ve heard to cook them for 30 min but wrap them in foil to keep juicy…any suggestions? I’m not great in the kitchen!

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chyna's avatar

Wrap in foil, 400 degrees for 30 mins.

jetblondie's avatar

That was so quick! Thanks because I’m starving :)

Buttonstc's avatar

I think your original is fine but it really does depend on the size at the thickest point.

You could also pound out the thicker end so it cooks more evenly at the lower temp and time.

I HATE dried out sawdust chhicken breasts and it’s a fine line. If using the lower time and temp, you can always put it back for a few mins. The reverse isn’t true.

That’s just my little two cents :)

Coloma's avatar

It also depends on how your oven bakes. Mine is 25 minutes @350 as it bakes hot.

tedibear's avatar

However long you go and at whatever temperature, make sure that it goes to at least 165F internal temperature .

marinelife's avatar

30 minutes.

tranquilsea's avatar

I use a meat thermometre to take the guess work out of all meat including chicken breasts. I agree with @Buttonstc: dried out breast meat is not pleasant to eat.

jetblondie's avatar

Thanks everyone! @chyna I went ahead and used your advice since (as I mentioned) I was super hungry and OMG!!! It came out perfect! I have a barely two-year-old oven so I made no modifications to your 400 degrees/30 minutes. There were a couple teeny parts (by the thickest part of the breast, just like some of you said) that may have needed a few more minutes, but since I only ate half of one breast and will be reheating the rest as leftovers, that isn’t even an issue; they’ll cook the rest of the way in the microwave tomorrow. But cleanup was a breeze, they were super tender and juicy, and I now can cook something that didn’t come in a can! Yay!!! Thanks, everyone.

jetblondie's avatar

I don’t know if I made this clear but I made a little foil pouch thing for both the breasts and made a nice tight seal with the edges of the foil. Then I put that on an oven pan. Cookie sheet. Baking sheet? Whatever; you know what I mean…. :)

chyna's avatar

@jetblondie That is exactly how I do it and I have virtually no clean up. I have used this with Salmon but bake it only at 400 for 18 minutes. A quick good meal.

thesparrow's avatar

Ask my man, he is wonderful. As for me, I have absolutely no clue.

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