The Best Way To Oven-Bake Chicken

Learn how to make the most out of your bird

While chicken breast is a fairly simple protein to prepare, it's also the easiest piece of meat to overcook. Since it's a very lean cut, it's harder to keep those delicious juices sealed inside while it's cooking in the oven. However, we've got a simple tip that will help you make the best, juiciest chicken breasts you've ever tasted.

The secret is cooking the chicken in parchment paper.

Parchment paper protects the breasts, allowing them to baste in their own juices. To get started, pat the chicken dry, season it and transfer it to a casserole pan or baking sheet. Then, cover just the chicken with a layer of parchment paper, place it in a preheated 350- or 400-degree oven, and cook until it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees. Keep in mind the chicken will cook a little more once it's removed from the oven.

Go ahead, add a few chicken breast recipes back into your weekly night dinner routine, because thanks to this easy hack, you'll never have to suffer through dry, rubbery poultry ever again.