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I believe we have all been asking ourselves: “How long to bake chicken so that comes out perfectly moist, tender and delicious every time?”

Well, in today’s cooking class, we’re going to answer that question in a way that everybody can understand and follow. I’ll keep it short, straightforward, simple, and filled with tips and tricks, so that even the most novice of home cooks can do it with ease.

Before we start, there are two things you should keep in mind: First, the temperature and cooking time are dependent on which cut of chicken you’re preparing. And secondly, the chicken is done and safe to eat only when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees F.

While it’s certainly easier if you have a meat thermometer in hand, if you don’t, no worries, because I’m here to help!

Without any more delay, here is Luna’s ultimate guide on how long to bake chicken!

How long to bake chicken breast

It’s undeniable that chicken breasts are the most popular cuts of chicken sold in grocery stores. They have a lot less fat than their counterparts, and are seen as a reliable source of protein. For that reason, when it comes to healthy eating, chicken breasts are almost always preferred to other cuts of chicken.

However, baking chicken breasts can be tricky. They’re much more prone to drying out or overcooking, simply because they’re so low in fat. Also, if you’re using bone-in chicken breasts, you’ll need to add about 10 minutes of cooking time because they take longer to cook than boneless breasts.

So now, let’s go deeper into this topic by discussing the cooking time at different oven temperatures. The duration is based on how large the chicken breasts you’re using are. Be sure to read the below information for quick baking tips!

How long to bake chicken breast at 350 degrees F

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place chicken breast in oven proof dish.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until chicken is completely cooked.

How long to bake chicken breast at 375 degrees F

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Place chicken breast in oven proof dish.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until chicken is thoroughly cooked.

How long to bake chicken breast at 400 degrees F

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Place chicken breast in oven proof dish.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until chicken is done and no longer pink.

How long to bake chicken breast at 425 degrees F

  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.
  2. Place chicken breast in oven proof dish.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bake for 18-22 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

How long to bake chicken breast at 450 degrees F

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Place chicken breast in oven proof dish.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Bake for 15-18 minutes or until chicken is fully cooked and juices run clear.

How long to bake chicken thighs

Here comes the juiciest, most tender cut of chicken: Chicken thighs are considered dark meat and they have more flavor than any other part of the bird. Not to mention they’re budget-friendly and extremely easy to work with. I often go for the bone-in, skin-on thighs because they’ll stay juicier and yield more flavorful result.

The secret to a crispy skin and juicy meat is roasting the thighs at a high temperature for a relatively short time. Therefore, you’ll need to bake them at 400 degrees F for 40-45 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F. And don’t forget to let them rest for 5-10 minutes before serving so that the juices can settle.

How long to bake chicken legs

Chicken legs are always a crowd-pleaser in my home. Like, seriously, whenever they’re on the table, their tempting yummy appearance grabs the children’s attention immediately and makes them fight for the last bite!

How long to bake chicken legs at 350

Chicken legs are usually baked at a temperature 350 degrees F or above for the best result. The baking time should be about 45 minutes. If you’re using large or partly frozen chicken legs, remember to add an extra 15 minutes to the cooking time.

How long to bake chicken wings

It doesn’t matter what recipe I’m using, I always bake my chicken wings without the sauce in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 40 minutes. This is because the high temperature helps render the fat and crisp up the skin.

Well, I have to admit I’m in love with crispy chicken skin, so I usually broil the wings for extra 4-6 minutes after baking to get that extra crispy perfection!

How long to bake a whole chicken

Preparing the whole chicken for Thanksgiving can be a displeasing experience for many. Most of the time, people often end up having the breasts all dry out, while the thighs are still undercooked.

So, as always, knowing the right time to get the chicken done is the key to a perfect roast chicken. That’s why I’m giving you my ultimate tip right now: for every pound the chicken weighs, you’ll need to cook it for 20 minutes at 375 degrees F, and then a resting time of 20 minutes to keep the moisture inside the bird.

So, for example, if your chicken is 3 pounds, you’ll have to cook it for an hour and leave it to rest for 20 minutes.

And then you have an amazing baked chicken ready to bring Thanksgiving joy to your home.

Best way to cook chicken breast in oven

I’m giving you the most simple and efficient way to master the art of baking this favorite cut of chicken. Let’s get those sexy, juicy, irresistible chicken breasts on the table now!

Step 1: Gather the ingredients and preheat the oven

Straightforward: Chicken breasts, your favorite seasoning combo, salt and pepper, olive oil, and of course, your side dishes of choice. If you want it fast and simple, only chicken, salt, pepper, and olive oil is enough.

Preheat the oven to the recommended cooking temperature.

Step 2: Prepare the chicken

Wash the chicken breasts carefully under running cold water and place in a colander to drain. Then, pat them completely dry with paper towels, because moisture is your enemy in the oven.

Arrange chicken pieces in a single layer on a foil-lined baking pan. Drizzle with olive oil and season both sides with salt and pepper as desired. If using a spice blend, rub it on the breasts.

Step 3: Bake the chicken to perfection

Bake the breasts in the preheated oven for the amount of time suggested above.

Finally, let the chicken rest for 5-10 minutes before serving with your sides to prevent excess juice from escaping.

Healthy oven baked chicken chicken recipes

After everything about how long to bake chicken has been clarified, why don’t we try out some awesome healthy chicken recipes? They’re all super easy to make and will definitely satisfy your chicken cravings.

Chicken shawarma

Known as one of the best-loved street foods of Middle-Eastern cuisine, chicken shawarma is traditionally well-marinated chicken, layered and roasted on a rotating spit, then carved to serve. The best thing is, with this recipe, you’re going to make it with the help of your home oven, no revolving spit needed!

Chicken parmesan

Ever wondered what heaven tastes like? To me, it’s simply the feeling of enjoying every bite of this chicken parmesan. The juiciness of chicken breast, the crunchiness of bread crumbs, together with the fulfilling melty three-cheese combination, it’s simply irresistible.

Oven baked chicken breast

Calling for simple ingredients that you can find at any local grocery store, this oven baked chicken breast recipe will definitely satisfy your chicken breast craving! Not to mention that the dish can be served at the table within a total time of just thirty minutes!

Chicken and rice casserole

If a comfort dish is what you’re looking for, your search is over, because this chicken and rice casserole is made especially for you, dear. On top of that, the dish comes together with just 5 ingredients, but yields a wonderful result.

Spinach stuffed chicken breast

Clean and healthy eating is never a difficult task to do when you’ve got this spinach stuffed chicken breast recipe on hand. Although a single stuffed chicken breast contains more than 400 calories, it’s still considered a low-carb food with only 1.3 grams of carbs, surprisingly.

Chicken enchiladas

Chicken enchiladas is always one of my top order choices at restaurants, because it’s always so satisfying! And, because I’m so crazy about the dish, I just decided to make my own recipe of the amazing enchiladas and now I’m asked to make it again and again by my family!

Chicken pot pie

There are indeed a lot of great ingredients to put under a pie crust to make wonderful dishes. In my opinion, the best filling for pie crust is the winning combination of shredded chicken and mixed vegetables. It literally melts in your mouth.

Tandoori chicken

Tandoori chicken is my niece’s all-time favorite Indian dish. Originally, the dish calls for several hard-to-find Indian spices, so I tried to tweak the ingredients a little, so that everybody can make it with no difficulties. The important thing is, the result still has the spicy, tangy, awesome, restaurant-style flavor of tandoori chicken.

Be sure to pin these proud little recipes of mine to your healthy chicken recipes board for later use. They’ll definitely come in handy for your next gathering.

Well, I had a great time sharing all these tips and tricks with you, but it’s time to say goodbye for now. I hope you never stop making wonderful dishes for yourself and your loved ones. Until next time!