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15 Bone In Chicken Recipes

You’ve finally found the list of bone in chicken breast recipes you’ve been looking for. I’m talking about fall-off-the-bone chicken dinners you’ll make again and again.

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Juicy and Flavorful Bone In Chicken Recipes

There are the best bone in chicken breast recipes you will find on the Internet.

I’ve hand-selected more than 2 weeks’ worth of chicken dinners that are easy to make. You’ll never make a boring meal again!

Each recipe is full of flavor and results in juicy and tender bone in chicken breasts. From set-it-and-forget-it crock pot meals to crispy, oven-baked breasts, this list has a little something for everyone.

What is Bone In Chicken Breast?

A bone-in chicken breast is just what it sounds like! It’s a chicken breast that still has the rib bone attached.

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While it’s just called a bone-in chicken breast, most places will sell these chickens as split chicken breasts as a full chicken breast contains two combined breasts.

So the two are just basically split in half and sold in the stores.

They’re typically sold with the skin on which makes them nice and crispy when baked, roasted, grilled, or air fried!

Here are the top 15 bone-in chicken breast recipes you can make!

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How to store Chicken Breast with Bone

Raw split chicken breasts can be stored in the freezer separated and sealed in either a freezer Ziploc bag, aluminum foil, or plastic to avoid freezer burn and should be used within 9 months for freshness.

After being cooked, the bone-in chicken breasts will last 3 to 4 days stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

FAQs for How to Cook Bone In Chicken Breast

Does bone-in chicken breast take longer to cook than boneless?

Yes, bone in chicken breasts take about 5 more minutes to cook compared to boneless chicken breasts.
However, the extra time needed will vary depending on how you cook your bone in chicken – oven, slow cooker, air fryer, etc.
I recommend using a meat thermometer and pulling the chicken out when the meat closest to the bone hits 165 degrees for the juiciest chicken.

Is bone-in chicken breast better than boneless?

Bone in chicken breasts hold in more flavor and juiciness with the help of the bone compared to boneless chicken breast. It results in a more tender and moist chicken, while the skin adds extra flavor and texture.
However, boneless chicken breast is the way to go when looking for the leaner of the two.

Is bone-in chicken more flavorful?

Yes, bone in chicken comes out tender, juicy, and with more flavor than boneless chicken.
The bone in cut has a deep, savory flavor thanks to the bone, bone marrow, and skin included during cooking.
These tasty bits add flavor-enhancing fats and other nutrients that you don’t get with boneless cuts.

Bone in chicken breast in an air fryer

15 Easy Chicken Breast with Bone Recipes

Samantha Erb
Delicious split chicken breast recipes including this air fryer bone-in chicken breast!
4.35 from 23 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Dinner Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings
Calories 354 kcal


  • 2 bone-in chicken breasts I used split chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon oil


  • Preheat your air fryer to 370 degrees.
  • Remove the chicken from its packaging and set it aside.
  • Mix the brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder, oregano, salt, and red pepper flakes in a bowl.
  • Baste the oil on both sides of the chicken and coat them with the brown sugar mixture.
  • Place the split chicken breasts in the air fryer and cook for about 25 to 30
    minutes, flipping the chicken at about 10 minutes left. Cook until the thickest part reaches 165 degrees F. Thicker or larger chicken breasts may take a few minutes longer.
  • Remove the chicken from the air fryer and enjoy!


Serving: 1gCalories: 354kcalCarbohydrates: 24gProtein: 38gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 625mgFiber: 1gSugar: 22g
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10 thoughts on “15 Bone In Chicken Recipes”

  1. Bone in chicken breasts are still my favorite for recipes where the chicken will be cooking longer and for stewing. They give so much more flavor to a dish. I love the idea of using the air fryer to fry it. That’s something I haven’t tried yet. Thanks so much for the recipes!

    • Hi Annabelle, I am not sure what you are referring to, but you can share this post by using one of the social buttons on the top of the page. Enjoy!

    • I am actually commenting on the sharing comment. Samantha, I just want to let you kindly know that your Pinterest share button is not working properly. It is saying there is something wrong with the URL. This looks delicious, and I plan on making it tonight. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hi Amy, can you please let me know what you are seeing? I am able to click on the Pin button at the top and on the photos and it brings up the share option. Make sure you’re logged in and it will let you save to your boards!

    • Hi Amy, I did just run across that error myself. I am having some issues with Pinterest I am trying to figure out and hope to have it all resolved soon.

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