Rosemary and Thyme Roasted Chicken Breast

This roasted chicken breast recipe is one of our favorite ways to cook chicken in the oven

Fresh rosemary and thyme mixed with garlic and a little olive oil bring this succulent roasted chicken breast recipe to life.

Eating a well-roasted chicken is one of life’s simple pleasures and is a lot easier to make than you might think.

How to Roast a Chicken Breast in the Oven

There are a couple of things that help this roasted rosemary chicken breast recipe stand out.

The first is cooking it in a 400℉ oven rather than the normal 350℉ helps to crisp up the skin on the outside and produces a more full-flavored bird.

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Make sure to get the herb mixture under the skin

The second is using fresh herbs, which provide a lot more flavor than dried herbs.

The three most important things to do when your roasting chicken breasts in the oven are to use a fat and an acid, season liberally, and don’t overcook the chicken.

This herb baked chicken breast works great as a centerpiece to build dinners around.

If you want to cook a special dinner try this recipe along with our Savory Pancetta and Leek Bread Pudding or Roasted Rosemary Red Potatoes.

Rosemary and Thyme Roasted Chicken

Rosemary and Thyme Roasted Chicken Breast

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Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 2 servings


  • 2 chicken breasts, bone-in, skin-on
  • 1 1/2 tbsp rosemary
  • 1 1/2 tbsp thyme
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 tsp salt for the chicken
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/ tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salt for brine


  • To start, we're going to brine the chicken, which helps to make sure it's nice and juicy. To make the brine mix 1 tbsp of salt with two cups of water in a bowl big enough to hold the chicken and the water. Drop the chicken in, making sure it's completely submerged, for at least 30 minutes.
  • While the chicken is brining prepare the herb mixture by finely mincing the rosemary, thyme, and garlic. Make sure to use fresh rosemary and thyme for this recipe; using fresh herbs makes a big difference in how the dish tastes. Mix the herbs and garlic together with the salt, pepper, and olive oil to form a paste.
  • When the chicken has finished brining, take it out of the water, and pat dry with a paper towel. Spread the herb mixture over the whole chicken, making sure to get some under the skin.
  • Roast the chicken in a baking dish at 400℉ for 32 to 36 minutes. The chicken is done when it is firm to the touch and cooked to 165℉. When you take it out of the oven cover it with foil and let it rest for 10 to 15 minutes before serving.

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Course: Dinner
Cuisine: Mediterranean
Keyword: Baking, Roasting


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Nutrition Facts
Rosemary and Thyme Roasted Chicken Breast
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Fat 6g9%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Cholesterol 144mg48%
Sodium 845mg35%
Potassium 891mg25%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Protein 48g96%
Vitamin A 395IU8%
Vitamin C 13.5mg16%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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