Easy Oven Baked Split Chicken Breasts are a healthy choice for any dinner! These flavorful bone-in baked chicken breasts turn out beautifully with a crispy seasoned skin while retaining their juices for perfect, tender, moist chicken meat!
2.5-3lbsbone-in skin on split chicken breasts(brands will vary, but this will typically be 2-4 chicken breasts)
1tablespoonolive oil(extra virgin)
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or aluminum foil (or coat a baking dish with olive oil or non-stick cooking spray).
Rinse and pat dry your split chicken breasts. Coat with olive oil, rubbing the olive oil into the skin and breast surface side that will be facing upward during cooking.
Place the chicken breasts, skin side up, on your prepared baking sheet. Season each piece of chicken, sprinkling with combined spices: salt, pepper, onion powder, garlic powder, and paprika.
*For extra crispy chicken skin, heat a skillet or frying pan to medium high heat. No need to add oil (it's already on your split chicken breasts), place the seasoned chicken breasts skin side down and sear for 3-4 minutes or until nicely golden brown. Then place onto your baking sheet and continue with steps 5 & 6.
Bake for 40-45 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches a minimum of 165 degrees F (74 degrees C) when checked with a meat thermometer. *Check next to the bone at the deepest (thickest) point in the breast meat.
Remove the baked chicken from the oven and allow it to sit for 3-5 minutes before being served.