Juicy, succulent broiled chicken breast is so easy to make, and you can serve it with a variety of side dishes.
Ready in 20 minutes and made with just six ingredients, it's the ultimate weeknight dinner!
I'm always on the lookout for easy dinner recipes, and this tasty chicken recipe did not disappoint. It's ridiculously easy to make, takes 20 minutes from start to finish, and the chicken comes out wonderfully juicy and flavorful. I think it's even better than my truly juicy baked chicken breast!
Just as important, leftovers are very tasty too - I really like to use them in salads. So I make extra to ensure I have plenty of leftovers for lunches.
You'll only need a few simple ingredients to make broiled chicken breast. The exact measurements are included in the recipe card below. Here's an overview of what you'll need:
Boneless skinless chicken breasts: Try to pick ones that are not too big. 8 oz is a good size.
Olive oil spray: It's easier than olive oil because I like to spray the chicken with oil after I season it. If you'd rather use an oil with a higher smoke point, you can use avocado oil instead
Kosher salt and black pepper: If using fine salt instead of kosher salt, use less of it, or the chicken could end up too salty.
Spices: I like to use garlic powder and smoked paprika. It's always a good idea to ensure that any spices you use are fresh.
Broiling chicken breast is so easy! Scroll down to the recipe card for detailed instructions. Here are the basic steps:
Prepare your equipment. Position an oven rack 4 inches below the heating element and preheat your broiler. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil and grease the foil.
Slice the chicken breasts. Slice each of them horizontally into two even pieces, as shown in the video below. Or better yet, do as I say and not as I do, and rest your hand on top of the chicken as you slice it so that you don't slice towards your hand, which is unsafe and a very bad habit of mine. 😳
Season them. Place the chicken pieces on the baking sheet. Spray them with oil, season them with the seasonings, then spray them with more oil.
Broil. Broil the chicken pieces for 3 minutes on the first side. Flip them and season the second side and spray it with more oil. Broil the second side for 3-5 more minutes, depending on how thick they are and on how hot your broiler is. Their internal temperature should reach 165°F.
Rest. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before you serve it. If you slice it too soon, the yummy juices will escape and it will be dry.
Frequently asked questions
Not really. If you try to broil a whole chicken breast, you risk charring the outside while the inside is not fully cooked. It's not difficult to slice the chicken pieces horizontally, and the result - evenly cooked chicken - is well worth it.
Both are excellent methods, but I like broiling. It's faster, and since you slice the chicken in half, the ratio of meat to spices is better when compared to baking a whole chicken breast.
Assuming you slice the breast in half into two thinner parts, it should take 6-8 minutes (3 minutes on the first side, then 3-5 more minutes on the second side) when broiling on high (500°F). The chicken's internal temperature should reach 165°F.
Variations and substiutions
If you'd like to try different spices, you can use onion powder or regular paprika (although I do like the smoky flavor of smoked paprika). Dried mustard is also good.
I don't recommend using dried herbs such as oregano or thyme in this recipe, because they tend to burn under the broiler.
This main dish is so versatile, you can practically serve it with any side dish you like.
You can keep the leftovers in the fridge, in an airtight container, for 3-4 days. I prefer not to reheat them, as this tends to dry out the chicken.
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Juicy Broiled Chicken Breast
- Olive oil spray
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, 8 oz each
- ½ teaspoon Diamond Crystal kosher salt divided
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper divided
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder divided
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika divided
- Position an oven rack 4 inched below the heating element and preheat your broiler on high (500°F). Line a large broiler-safe rimmed baking sheet with foil and lightly grease the foil.
- Dry the chicken breasts with paper towels.
- Slice each of them horizontally into two even pieces.*
- Place the chicken pieces on the prepared baking sheet. Spray them with oil, season with half the seasonings, then spray with more oil.**
- Broil them for 3 minutes on the first side. Flip them, season the second side with the remaining seasonings, and spray it with more oil.
- Broil the second side for 3-5 more minutes, depending on how thick the chicken pieces are and on how hot your broiler is. Their internal temperature should reach 165°F.
- Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes before serving.