Baked chicken breasts get a bad reputation as being bland, dry and boring. But you can make moist, flavorful chicken every time using mayonnaise. The chicken absorbs the mayonnaise as it cooks, guaranteeing a juicy, tender piece of meat. The mayonnaise also acts as a way to infuse your chicken with flavor -- bringing flavorings into the meat. The possibilities are endless, so switch up the seasonings to create a different meal every time.
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
Season the mayonnaise with salt and pepper and your favorite herbs and spices. Garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, paprika, parsley and thyme all work wonderfully. A splash of lemon or lime juice will give your chicken a bright, citrusy kick. You'll need about 1/4 cup of mayonnaise for each 8-ounce chicken breast.
Arrange the chicken breasts in a lightly greased baking dish or roasting pan. Spread the mayonnaise mixture evenly on top of the chicken breasts.
Sprinkle breadcrumbs, grated Parmesan cheese or crushed cornflakes on top of the chicken, if you wish. Lightly press the coating onto the chicken to help it stick.
Bake the chicken until the juices run clear and a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the breast reads 165 F, about 20 to 25 minutes. Allow the chicken to rest for a few minutes before slicing and serving.
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