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Baked Split Chicken Breast

Baked split chicken breast is an easy go-to dinner for any night of the week. When it comes to a satisfying, succulent supper, roasted bone-in chicken breast is hard to beat!

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plate with baked chicken breast and green beans

Chicken is always on the menu around my house. This versatile poultry can be prepared and served in endless ways and makes even the pickiest kids happy. 

This recipe for split baked chicken breast is one of my absolute favorites! It is simple, fall-of-the-fork tender, and bursting with tons of garlicky-herby goodness. 

The real secret to this recipe’s success is that it features baked chicken breast bone in and skin on which leads to supremely tender and moist results.

The bone facilitates even cooking while the skin traps in moisture. It’s also less expensive!

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Leftover roasted split chicken breast is also incredibly versatile. Try shredding some off the bone and using it on sandwiches, in wraps, or on your favorite salad.

Oh, yeah! Did I remember to mention that this delicious recipe for baked bone in chicken breast takes only 5 minutes of prep time?! It couldn’t be easier!

ingredients to make baked split chicken breast

How to Make Baked Split Chicken Breast

A full printable version of this recipe with ingredient measurements is available at the bottom of this post.

STEP ONE: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Use parchment paper to line a roasting pan for easier clean-up later. Set the pan aside. 

sauce in a bowl

STEP TWO: Combine the oil, garlic, salt, oregano, paprika, and black pepper in a small bowl and mix together. 

raw split chicken breasts

STEP THREE: Use the oil mixture to coat each piece of chicken, rubbing the seasoning in before transferring it to the roasting pan. Place the pan in the preheated oven and let the chicken cook for about 45-50 minutes.

The meat is ready when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees F and the juices run clear. 

STEP FOUR: Serve immediately and enjoy!

cooked chicken breast

What to Serve With Baked Split Chicken Breast

One of the best things about this baked bone in chicken breast recipe is its versatility.

Go ahead and serve this succulent entree alongside any of your favorite vegetables and side dishes. I’ve put together a small list of ideas to help you get inspired:

baked split chicken breast

What is the Difference Between Split Chicken Breast and Chicken Breast?

Both chicken breast and split chicken breast are tender white meat that is cut from the chest of the chicken and has had the tenderloin removed. 

While a skinless, boneless chicken breast may be cut in half, the term “split chicken breast” typically refers to a cut of chicken with the skin still on and the bone still intact. 

While it might not be obvious at first, baked bone-in chicken breast is far superior in many ways to its skinless, boneless counterpart.

In particular, the skin helps hold in moisture while the bone helps the meat cook more evenly. 

Furthermore, baked chicken breast bone in is less expensive to make. Even when you factor in the weight of the bones, bone-in poultry has a much better price point. 

fork cutting into a piece of split chicken breast

Variations for Split Baked Chicken Breast

Looking for some creative ways to spice up this roasted bone in chicken breast? We’ve got you covered!

The aromatic spices in this baked split chicken breast recipe can easily be traded out for the spice blends or sauces of your choice.

Try one of these flavorful ideas or get creative and come up with your very own! It all depends on what you and your family enjoy. 

  • Sprinkle it with lemon pepper seasoning.
  • Try smothering it in your favorite barbeque sauce. 
  • Turn up the heat with your favorite fajita or taco seasoning blend. 
  • For an Indian-inspired twist, try adding curry powder or garam masala. 
  • Spice dinner up with Buffalo style chicken breast.
  • Marinate or brush your baked split chicken breast with teriyaki or your favorite Asian sauce.
piece of baked split chicken breast

How Do I Store Leftover Baked Bone-In Chicken Breast?

Any roasted split chicken breast you have left over can be easily stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

For safety, be sure to transfer your leftovers to the refrigerator within 2 hours of being at room temperature. 

You can also store your leftover baked bone-in chicken breast in the freezer for 4-5 months when stored properly.

Thaw for several hours in the refrigerator once ready to enjoy again. 

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Baked Split Chicken Breast

piece of baked split chicken breast

This easy to make recipe for baked split chicken breast is tender and  juicy with just the right combination of garlic and herbs.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes


  • 2 large split chicken breasts (bone-in, skin on)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Fresh minced parsley, optional


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F, line a roasting dish with parchment paper for easier clean up and set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the oil, garlic, salt, oregano, paprika, and black paprika.
  3. Rub the chicken with the oil mixture, then transfer to the baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 F and juices run clear.
  4. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 257Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 600mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 0gProtein: 29g

This nutrition information is based on the exact products I used in this recipe. Brands and sizes of products could alter exact nutrition and should always be calculated independently.

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