Embracing Motherhood Baked Chili Lemon Butter Split Chicken Breast

Baked Chili Lemon Butter Split Chicken Breasts

This is a quick, simple, go to meal that can be turned into a variety of things. Once you cook the chicken breasts, you can chop them up into cubes, and store in the refrigerator to use on salads. Or you can serve with some rice and green beans for a complete dinner.

I like getting pasture raised whole chickens when we can, but at $15 a chicken, it’s kind of pricy and sometimes I just buy packs of chicken breasts at the store. Getting the chicken breasts with the bone in makes for the most nutritious and delicious chicken.


  • 4 Split Chicken Breasts (bone in)
  • 1 Stick of Butter
  • 2 Lemons
  • Chili Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • Real Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 350º F.
  2. Squeeze the lemon over the chicken breasts.

    raw chicken breast lemons

    Raw Split hicken Breasts and Lemon

  3. Sprinkle both sides generously with all of the seasonings.
  4. Place 2 T. of butter on top of each chicken breast.

    raw chicken breasts seasoned with butter

    Seasoned, Buttered, and Ready to Bake

  5. Bake at 350º F for 1 hour.

    cooked chicken breasts

    Baked Split Chicken Breast

  6. Pre-cut the breast while it’s still on the bone. I like doing this for the kids especially, but when the pieces are cut up like this, they can really soak up all of the juices, and besides, it’s easier for me to eat it that way!

    cutting the chicken breast

    Pre-cut the Chicken Breast

  7. Let the cut up chicken breast soak in the juices. You can eat it right away at this point, pop it back in the oven on the lowest setting to stew a bit, or cover and put back in the fridge.

    cut up chicken breast

    Soaking up the Juices

  8. Serve! This chicken makes an excellent topping for any salad, hot or cold. I also like serving it over a bed of white rice and beans. My favorite thing to do lately is to sprinkle everything with cayenne pepper. I like the spice!
    chicken rice green beans

    Chicken, Rice, and Green Beans

    chicken rice beans cayenne

    Cayenne Pepper Explosion