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Chicken Breasts in Parchment Paper

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Chicken in Parchment

Linda Larsen
Cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts in parchment paper this way and you'll always have moist, tender, juicy, wonderfully flavored chicken to use in sandwiches, salads, casseroles, and soups.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4-6 servings


  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 lemon, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pinch of dried thyme or basil leaves per breast


For thawed breasts:

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place a 12x12" sheet of parchment paper on work sheet, fold in half  and cut into a heart shape. Place one chicken breast in the center. (You can make as many bundles as you like and bake them at the same time as long as they are in a single layer and there's 1" of space surrounding each bundle). Sprinkle with herbs, salt, and pepper and top with lemon slices, if desired.

Bring edges of the paper together and fold together to crimp closed. Be sure to leave some room inside the bundle for heat expansion which will happen as the chicken bakes. Bake at 425 degrees F for 15-20 minutes until chicken registers 160 degrees F on an instant read meat thermometer. You can also bake the bundles at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes.

For frozen:

Wrap individual frozen chicken breasts in foil or parchment paper as directed above, one to a package, and bake at 400 degrees F for 55-65 minutes, or bake at 425 degrees F for 45-55 minutes until done as directed above.

All ovens are different, and all chicken breasts are different sizes. So the baking time will probably be different for you. Make a note of the correct time for your oven.

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 5 out of 5
Nom nom nom!, Guest Nimbus

This is absolutely my favorite way to make chicken! You can marinade it or season it with whichever herbs and spices you want, and when you cook it in the parchment paper, it always comes out nice and juicy. This technique is also great if you want something tasty for dinner, but don't want to spend a lot of time or use a ton of ingredients. It's the best!

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