Italian Baked Chicken

Tender chicken with a light coating of herbs, seasoning and tomato juice makes this easy and delicious Italian Baked Chicken recipe.

This recipe works great for chicken thighs or breasts, depending on which cut of meat you prefer to use.

Overhead view of square white baking dish with tomato juice chicken thighs seasoned and baked to tender on a yellow and white napkin.

If you like this recipe you may also enjoy our Baked Chicken Parmesan Casserole.

Baked Italian Chicken Recipe

The generous seasoning is what really makes this baked chicken so flavorful. The tomato juice keeps the chicken tender while baking and creates a nice light sauce that’s perfect to serve with pasta and artichokes.

My kids love pasta with butter or olive oil with a thin layer of the tomato glaze. My husband and I prefer to use the juice with meat, quinoa and roasted veggies.

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This baked chicken is perfect for meal prep just like our grilled tenderloin and marinated pork chops. We try to eat salads for most week day meals and it’s nice to have a variety of healthy meats to keep meals more interesting.

Tender chicken baked with Italian herbs and spices after being baked in tomato juice for a lighter meal on a serving tray with pasta on a yellow and white napkin.

We enjoy casseroles like Penne Alfredo with Chicken and Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan, but we prefer how this meat alone gives so many meal time options.

Why This Recipe Works:

  • Only 5 minutes of hands on time and the chicken is ready to put in the oven.
  • This flavorful, but easy meal appeals to everyone in the family including picky eaters.
  • The oregano and garlic powder are so simple, but add wonderful flavor in this quick homemade meal.
  • I like to make a couple pans so that I have plenty of leftovers to freeze and serve with salad for a quick lunch throughout the week.
Serving spoon lifting up a baked Italian chicken thigh over top of a baking dish full of tomato juice and lightly seasoned thighs on a yellow and white napkin.

Serve with Easy Cheddar Bay Biscuits to complete your tasty meal.

Ingredients Needed:

  • Chicken – we have tested breasts and thighs and both taste great and cook in the same amount of time, so pick your favorite cut of chicken and enjoy!
  • Tomato Juice – is the marinade, keeps the meat moist, and is great to store the chicken in to reheat leftovers.
  • Garlic Powder – such a quick way to mix in some great garlic flavor.
  • Oregano – makes the dish look and taste more Italian.
  • Salt & Pepper – Season to taste, but we do like more in this recipe as the seasoning makes it memorable.
Ingredients to make Italian chicken are fresh chicken breasts, oregano, garlic powder, salt and black pepper in a small glass dish and another glass dish full of tomato juice on a wooden counter top.

Why Use Tomato Juice Instead of Pasta Sauce

Using tomato juice in place of the more common pasta sauce makes a meal that is lighter and lower in calories, yet still has great Italian flavors.

The tomato juice is perfect for glazing the chicken and is great for reheating. The juice keeps the chicken moist and is easy to store the chicken in.

Step By Step Instructions

Preheat oven to 375℉. Remove any skin or excess fat from chicken breasts or chicken thighs.

Set meat in a baking dish.

In a small bowl mix together Kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper, garlic powder and oregano.

Close up view of mixed herbs to make a simple homemade Italian seasoning in a glass dish on a piece of brown wood.

Pour over the pieces of chicken and rub as evenly over the top as possible.

In our first test we learned that rubbing the spices into the meat and spreading out as much as possible will create a better finished product.

Three boneless, skinless chicken breasts with a generous coating of salt, black pepper, garlic powder and oregano in a white baking dish

Pour tomato juice around the edges of the chicken.

Cover the pan with foil.

Bake chicken breasts in a bath of tomato juice with a nice coating of herbs and seasoning in a white baking dish.

Set into a preheated oven and bake for an hour until the internal temp of the chicken reaches 165℉.

Slice and serve over pasta, with a salad or with your favorite vegetables.

Overhead view of slices of Italian baked chicken breast with a tomato juice glaze over the meat and spaghetti on a white serving tray.

Recipe Tips & Tricks

  • Your favorite cut of fresh, raw chicken will cook well in this recipe.
  • Ensure your pan isn’t too big to make the best use of the tomato juice.
  • Chicken should be in a single layer to make the best use of your dish.
  • It doesn’t matter if the chicken is partially or fully submerged in tomato juice.
  • Cook covered with foil to keep the meat moist.
  • Tastes great served with artichokes, broccoli, asparagus or another hearty vegetable.
Fork perched on a plate with a tender and juicy Italian baked chicken thigh sliced up and laid over spaghetti with a coating of tomato juice on a yellow napkin.

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Thinly sliced chicken breast with a generous coat of tomato juice over top of spaghetti.

Italian Baked Chicken

Servings 6 servings
Author: Jennifer
Tender chicken with a light coating of herbs, seasoning and tomato juice makes this easy and delicious Italian Baked Chicken recipe.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 3 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 1 1/2 cups tomato juice
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 375℉ and lightly coat baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Mixes together seasonings and rub into the top of the chicken.
  • Pour tomato juice around the meat. Cover with foil and bake for an hour until chicken is done and has reached an internal temperature of 165℉. Let rest for ten minutes before serving and enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 49gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.03gCholesterol: 145mgSodium: 1045mgPotassium: 991mgFiber: 0.5gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 348IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 24mgIron: 1mg

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