How to Make Moist Baked Chicken Breasts With Mayonnaise

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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.

Step 1

Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Arrange the chicken breasts in a lightly greased baking dish or roasting pan. Spread the mayonnaise mixture evenly on top of the chicken breasts.

Step 4

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.

Step 5

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.